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« Engineers for Smart Cities »

1 Year Diploma


"Fostering talents in Smart Cities cross-sector challenges"

The diploma “Engineers for Smart Cities” (4smartcities) offers an advanced multidisciplinary study experience focused on Smart Cities as well as the innovations and business solutions triggered by the transition towards more sustainable urban environments (design, deployment and operation of urban systems).

4smartcities aims to foster professionals capable of developing, implementing and managing innovative projects around the smart city: a sustainable, connected, integrated, attractive and liveable city.


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Urban Design (3,5 ECTS)

The module is focused on the new approaches to computer-aided conception, evaluation and management of urban design in urban sustainable development. Students will be offered a knowhow which is an original blend of research on urban form and professional praxis in urban design.

Urban Resilience (3,5 ECTS)

At the end of this module students will be able to assess the vulnerability of a territory to technological and natural hazards, but also the way to improve its resilience, its capacity to adapt to changes produced by future risks in the short and the long term.

Business models challenges (3,5 ECTS)

The aim of this module is to be able to describe, create and design business models of smart innovation, to analyse the impact of actors’ strategies on smart innovation’s economic model, and to reconsider technology acceptance issues in the context of smart cities.

Connected City (3,5 ECTS)

In this module students explore trends in ICT domain that improve wealth and social cohesion in urban context: mobile uptake, ultra broadband deployment, Internet of Things, big data, social networking expansion and innovations in services, applications and content.

Smart Energy (3,5 ECTS)

Students will deal with new energy technologies for the 21st century, for an efficient energy consumption, distribution and selfproduction. They will learn how energy can generate added values at local level through projects on future eco-districts and micro-grids.

Mobility and Transport (3,5 ECTS)

This module encompasses four important subjects: identifying major issues and challenges in mobility and transport systems, conceiving smart mobility models, assessing future evolution of transport systems and improving innovation in urban mobility.

Integrated Project (8 ECTS)

Developed in concert with Skema Business School and taught in a multidisciplinary fashion, this module provides students with a practical project ailed to apply the theory and knowledge gained in all previous modules. It also allows students to develop project management and team work skills.

Professional Experience (30 ECTS)

A professional experience is a highly valued moment creating opportunities for exchange between the business world and the academia. It is an integral part of the study programme and takes the form of a mandatory 6-month internship at a company or public institution in France and worldwide.

Smart and Sustainable City (1 ECTS)

The aim of this module is to identify new challenges for cities in economic, social, cultural and environmental domains, and to conceive new answers to the new questions emerging in modern cities, focusing on the relationship between technical innovations and social changes.


Participants will acquire the requisite skills for a career in private enterprises, consultancies, engineering firms as well as the public sector, development projects and bodies concerned with smart cities and sustainable urbanization. Participants will also gain the necessary skills for roles in higher education and research institutions.


Innovative learning experience

The “Smart City Innovation Center” (SCIC), an integrated collaborative platform unique in France, created within the premises of the IMREDD, is the strategic hub bringing together stakeholders from the research, education and leading smart city-focused companies. The SCIC is equipped with a Learning Lab where all the teaching sessions for the diploma “Engineers for Smart Cities” will be held. Participants and course conveyors will have the chance to use state-of-the-art education technology allowing for an innovative blended learning experience (MOOC, flipped-classrooms, webinars, etc.). Practical case-studies and on-site field trips will be organized throughout the study semester to animate the learning environment as well as stimulate critical analysis and exchange.

Cofunded by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Smart City Innovation Center (SCICI) was officially launched in 2015. Organised around four areas symbolising the city problematics - « Environment, Risks, Energy and Mobility » -, the SCIC is a key place for cross-fertilization and exploration of new ideas that will permit “to build the Mediterranean city of tomorrow”. It allows:

  • promoting research and training activities
  • enhancing the value of new innovative actors
  • integrating students into promising projects of high added-value
  • implementing innovative pedagogy


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Mediterranean Institute for Risk, Environment and Sustainable Development (IMREDD)

IMREDD falls within the context of the National Interest Operation (OIN) for the Plaine du Var called: « Côte d’Azur Eco-Valley ». New Institute of the University Nice Sophia Antipolis, IMREDD defines a new form of cooperation between higher education, research laboratories, companies and local authorities in the field of green technologies. Located in the heart of the Nice Meridia business district, IMREDD is strongly oriented towards the creation of employment and innovative business.

IMREDD stands as one of the major strategic project of the UCAJEDI  « Joint Excellent and Dynamic Initiative ».  It represents a « Reference Center » addressing the following societal challenges: Smart territory, Risks prevention and Management. Conceived and designed around an open technological platform, IMREDD is the gateway to innovation thanks to the mix of actors and approaches.

While waiting the construction of its own premises, which will be set up by mid-2018 in the Nice Meridia business district, IMREDD is hosted by the Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolis in the Nice Premium building (on the top floor) next to the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Business Incubator and start-ups  and close to companies like IBM, EDF, etc.

IMREDD is 10 minutes far from the international airport Nice Côte d'Azur and the Promenade des Anglais, and near major highways.

How to get to IMREDD.





Contact information
  • IMREDD (Mediterranean Institute for Risk, Environment and Sustainable Development)
  • Immeuble Nice Premium 4e étage 61 - 63 Avenue Simone Veil 06 200 Nice
  • +33492076886