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Université Côte d’Azur is organizing a scientific workshop, 4 - 8 February 2019, to explore possible collaborations with 4 Indian institutes of excellence

With around 100 highly selective institutions, India has had the second-highest increase in the average publication impact index in recent years (after China), reflecting strong momentum and an increase in the quality of research in India. Moreover, more science Ph.D. candidates are being trained in India than in all of Europe and the United States combined.

Publication : 21/01/2019
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India is one of the fastest growing countries (7% on average in the last 10 years), a hub of "frugal innovation" and is one of the most inventive nations.

Indian is therefore an attractive market for some 870 multinational companies that have established R&D centers there. The country also presents opportunities for France in terms of scientific cooperation and student exchanges.

France, which is currently India's fifth scientific partner (after the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom and Japan), intends to advance its position, at least in part, relative to its European and international neighbors. The French Government has set itself the goal of attracting 10,000 Indian students to France by 2020.This effort was already launched in 2018 by welcoming around 7,500 Indian students (60% increase compared to 2017).

In this context, the mobility of researchers, doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows between the two countries is strongly encouraged. The purpose of the Franco-Indian Center for the Promotion of Advanced Research (CEFIPRA, is to support and facilitate advanced French-Indian cooperation in science, technology and innovation.

A new milestone was reached in 2018, during the Knowledge Summit held in India, with the signing of an agreement on the mutual recognition of diplomas between the French and the Indian Governments, in the presence of Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education and Research. This agreement signifies a real desire to further facilitate the pursuit of higher education for French students in India and Indian students in France and to promote their employability.

There are numerous scientific and academic relationships between India and the members and laboratories of theUniversité Côte d’Azur, notably in the fields of digital technology, physics, fluid mechanics, biology, and also the arts. In the domain of applied mathematics, a field considered a priority for the Franco-Indian collaboration, the Université Côte d'Azur is also a partner of the International Joint Unit "Indo-French Center in Applied Mathematics (IFCAM), located at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) of Bangalore, created in 2012 and renewed in 2018.

Conscious of the opportunities and the challenges that represent the French-Indian collaboration in science and technology, thegovernance of theUniversité Côte d'Azur's has undertaken several actions to consolidate and structure its relationships with India.

Thus, in February 2017, Université Côte d'Azur participated in the first "Ph.D. Tour" organized by Campus France in conjunction with the French Embassy in India. Promoting Université Côte d'Azur’s opportunites at the PhD level at the 3 student fairs organized in New Delhi, Calcutta and Bangalore allowed the best Indian students to form links with the laboratories of the University. During this visit, meetings with the heads of Indian institutions and universities also made it possible to explore possible areas of scientific cooperation. 

In accordance with the meetings initiated on the Ph.D. Tour in 2017, a delegation composed of representatives of the governance of UCA and 4 Graduate Schools of Research (EUR) of the Université Côte d'Azur went to India in January 2018 to meet officials from Indian institutions and companies, to consider new scientific strategic partnerships and the exchange of students.

This exploratory mission, co-organized by Université Côte d'Azur and the scientific service of the French Embassy in India, has made it possible to target higher education and research institutions, mainly located in Bangalore whose ecosystem has similarities with the Côte d’Azur ecosystem.

During this exploratory visit the organization of a Franco-Indian scientific workshop was proposed, to be held in Nice from the 4thto the 8thof February 2019(provisional program below), which will make it possible to envisage scientific and academic collaborations in the following areas: digital sciences and electrical engineering, biology, mathematics, physics, chemistry and fluid mechanics.

Researchers from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), the International Center for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS), the National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS) and the Raman Research Institute (RRI) will participate in this workshop alongside researchers from EUR DS4H, INCISE and NGLS from the Université Côte d'Azur.