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Université Côte d'Azur creates the Balkan Institute of Science and Innovation

A large delegation from Université Côte d'Azur, led by Jean-Marc Gambaudo, visited Montenegro in March with the purpose of strengthening university cooperation in the Balkans area.


Publication : 20/03/2019
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Jean-Marc Gambaudo, President of Université Côte d'Azur and Danilo Nikolic, Rector of the University of Montenegro, signed an agreement in Podgorica (Montenegro) on March 4, 2019, in the presence of the Minister of Science of Montenegro and the French Embassy, to create the Balkan Institute of Science and Innovation of Université Côte d'Azur - BISI. For several years now, Université Côte d'Azur has developed strong ties of cooperation with this region of the world, which aspires to greater European integration. The objective of the Institute is to strengthen and structure these collaborations, particularly as regards scientific and educational cooperation. In line with IDEX's policy of deploying thematic ecosystems, special attention will be paid to the following topics: smart territories, health, energy, materials sciences and finally tourism. These themes arose from discussions with the Montenegrin authorities as part of the development of their smart specializations. Expertise France, after two-years of presence in Montenegro, participated in setting up this collaboration. Entrepreneurship-related activities will be conducted under the INVENT@UCA program within and in partnership with the University of Montenegro and within a network of Balkan universities. 

 "In our future international relations, the University of Montenegro will be one of our privileged partners," said Jean-Marc Gambaudo. "Université Côte d'Azur wants to create a small international network comprising a limited number of universities with which we can work intensively on research, training and innovation projects. The institute's mission is to have an outreach throughout the Balkan region, and I hope that collaborations will start as soon as possible," concluded the President of Université Côte d'Azur.

Rector Danilo Nikolic of the University of Montenegro also welcomes this agreement: "Collaboration between our two universities will involve scientific research, innovative projects and professional training to create exchanges between faculties, researchers, students and businesses."

The new institute will be headed by Srdjan Redzepagic, from Université Côte d'Azur, and will include two units:

  • A research and innovation unit (called "REINOVA"), dedicated to cooperation in applied research, innovation, scientific communication and technology transfer. 
  • A training and information unit (called "NiceCAMPUS Balkans"), dedicated to cooperation in training, teaching methods and scientific and technological information.

 With this new collaboration, Jean-Marc Gambaudo wants the University of Montenegro to become the main partner of Université Côte d'Azur in South-East Europe.