Université Côte d'Azur and université laval (quebec) renew their strategic partnership agreement

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Published on May 6, 2022 Updated on May 11, 2022

on the April 7, 2022


A delegation from Université Côte d'Azur visited Université Laval during the week of April 4 to take stock of the first five years of cooperation and plan the launch of several new collaborations aimed at meeting shared goals.

The outcome of these meetings was a strong resolve to develop new projects. Plans for these projects are currently being finalized and will officially be presented in the coming weeks.  
In the new agreement, multidisciplinary actions around the theme of aging, with a focus on "aging well", will continue to be a priority with the aim of helping people live healthy lives and of meeting the demographic challenges that arise from an increasing life expectancy. A virtual scientific meeting has already been planned for June and a delegation from Université Laval will come to Université Côte d'Azur in the fall of 2022 to discuss this theme. 

“We are delighted with the collaboration and the results obtained so far with our partner University Côte d'Azur. Université Laval is very proud to renew and expand this agreement with a partner who is interested in inovating with us. Our two universities share a common vision on several societal issues and, with the help of our researchers in different disciplines, we have demonstrated our capacity to collaborate in many interdisciplinary academic and research projects that meet the specific needs of our communities.” Sophie D’Amours, Rector of Université Laval 

“The partnership between our universities is based on a shared understanding of what a 21st century university should be: committed, responsible, ambitious, and demanding. The many joint projects based on these values have shown that our partnership can have an impact on the production and dissemination of knowledge in research, education, and innovation. The partnership renewal signed in Québec once again offers our universities many opportunities to be instrumental in meeting the challenges of the future.” Jeanick Brisswalter, President of Université Côte d'Azur 

Thanks to the agile relationship between the two institutions, close to twenty research or academic projects, such as the newly created joint master's degree in artificial intelligence, have already shown tangible results. The EUREKA-CARES industrial research project, one of the key projects involving the ecosystems of both Université Côte d'Azur and Université Laval, has led to the development of a platform for the diagnosis of severe forms of COVID-19 using artificial intelligence. This is a good example of innovative solutions that can benefit society.

Funding for five joint research teams 

In addition, a grant jointly funded by Sentinelle Nord and UCAJEDI in 2018 and 2019 was awarded to five joint research teams in 2018 and four teams in 2019. The grant had a significant leverage effect. It generated a total of $1.62 million in research funding for these two years, in addition to the many published articles, scientific communications, research internships and graduate student mobility projects that followed. The return on investment is very satisfactory. 
Finally, Laval’s International Observatory on the Societal Impact of AI and Digital Technology (OBVIA) served as a model for the Observatory of the Technological, Economic and Societal Impact of Artificial Intelligence and Digital Technology (OTESIA) recently created on the Côte d'Azur.  

International Associated Laboratory in Arts, Society and Wellness (LIA-ASME)

One of the key projects of the renewed agreement, the LIA-ASME laboratory proves the importance of meeting and talking face to face to generate new ideas. This very innovative laboratory was imagined in 2019 during the visit to the Villa Arson, in Nice, of a delegation from Laval University headed by the rector. The teams from Université Côte d'Azur and Université Laval worked together to bring the project to fruition last November.  
The LIA-ASME laboratory focuses on care-giving and well-being. By combining the complementary expertise of the two institutions, this laboratory aims to use the creative experience as a tool to study current societal issues in four main research areas: 

  • Environmental humanities. 
  • Displacement, migration, and interculturality. 
  • Art, care, and mediation.  
  • Ephemeral arts, street arts, and urban writings. 

Artists, health professionals, leaders in the community, and citizens are invited to contribute. 

Joint creation of professor positions

Joint efforts from the beginning of the partnership led to the creation of the Chair of Teaching Leadership (CLE) in Women's Health at Université Laval and Université Côte d'Azur, a position that is currently being renewed. This position designed to foster excellence in teaching women's health is held by experts in various fields, including gynecology, obstetrics, and urology. It emphasizes a holistic and interdisciplinary approach in teaching while offering an international and francophone perspective. 
Inaugurated in 2021, the Chair of Teaching Leadership in Educational Design and Technologies for Student Success will also continue its activities. The holder of this position draws from the many opportunities offered by digital technologies in terms of interaction, collaboration, follow-up, and learning modalities to develop courses focused on students and their academic, personal, and professional success. 

The Strategic Partnership Agreement signed in 2017 has truly laid the foundation for a relationship that is becoming more and more solid, profitable, and sustainable over the years. This kind of strategic partnership forges tight personal bonds between researchers and therefore offers many advantages that could not necessarily be provided by each institution alone, such as student and faculty exchanges and the development of matching projects. 

In 2016, Université Côte d'Azur won substantial funding through the French Initiatives of the Future Program (PIA) for its IDEX UCAJEDI initiative of excellence, which strengthened its international outreach and gave it the means to fully develop its partnership with Université Laval.