UTseuS is the Franco-Chinese engineering training program, a strong partnership that has been forged over the ten past years. Created by the network of French Universities of Technology (UTs) and the University of Shanghai (SHU), this partnership is equally pioneering and unique in the fields of training and research. Most recent is the creation of a Master’s degree in “mechatronics”.
The Sino-European Technology University (UTSeuS) of the Shanghai University (SHU) trains more than 1,200 Chinese, French and European students each year in an international and multicultural setting. At the end of October 2018, Donghan Jin, President of Shanghai University in China, came to UTC-Compiegne to participate in the launching of a new Master’s degree program recognized in China and France. This was an opportunity to strengthen UTseuS cooperation initiated in 2005.
Indeed, UTseuS allows, thanks to the many possibilities of mobility, to train Chinese engineers to meet the needs of French companies exporting to China and to train French engineers to become competent on the Chinese labour market, while acquiring new working methods and adding a strong international dimension to their careers. “Last July, we signed an Agreement between Shanghai University (SHU) and the three Universities of Technology (UTBM, UTC, UTT), enabling the creation of a new Master’s degree at UTseuS. The first class of students for this Master’s degree should be welcomed at the start of the September 2021 academic year. We are expecting 100 students per class, 25 French students from the three UTs and 75 Chinese”, announces Marc Bondiou, French director of the UTseuS.
Living 1 ½ years in Shanghai
The proposed new Master’s degree in “Mechatronics” also corresponds to the creation, in 2019, of a research axis in data science for cyber-physical s y s t e m s . Once the pedagogical m o d e l and the associated economic model had been validated, all that was missing was the official accreditation granted by the Chinese Ministry of Education, which has just been communicated to us in March 2020. The next step will be the visit to Shanghai of the French equivalent Commission for Engineering Titles (CTI), which will endorse the admission of this training by the French State, allowing its holders to bear the title of engineer. The chosen field — mechatronics — corresponds to a discipline on the borderline between mechanics and electronics, with a large part of signal and information processing. For French students, it will be a real immersion in a city of international dimension.
“Shanghai and its 25 million inhabitants attract some of the world’s largest companies, including Suez, Engie, Safran, PSA, Dassault Systèmes, Valeo and many others. Students will have access to Mandarin classes and will be very well received,” emphasizes Marc Bondiou. “For everyone, French and Chinese alike, this is an opportunity to start great careers with leading Chinese or French companies, not to mention simply discovering the other”.