« 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.


Co-directors of "Engineers for Smart Cities"







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



• Registration for the 2016-2017 academic year are completed.

• Find 2016-2017 rates

• Estimated opening applications date for 2017-2018 year: January 2017

• Fully dematerialised online application 



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.