End October 2018, Professor Jin Donghan, President of Shanghai University, China came to UTC, Compiegne to launch a new Master’s degree programme, certified in both France and China. This visit offered an opportunity to reinforce UTSEUS which was established in 2005, in the framework of a Sino-French University Co-operation Agreement.
UTSEUS is a Sino-French engineering school, a partnership; that has been built up over a decade now. It was imagined and implemented jointly by the Group of French Universities of Technology and Shanghai University, China and, above all other considerations, is a unique pioneering venture in training and research. The Sino-European School of Technology of Shanghai University (UTSEUS) trains over 1 200 Chinese, French and other European students each year in a multi-cultural, international framework.
Yuan Zhuang, aged 22 is one of the UTSEUS students, in her 4th year of the Mechanical Engineering major. “I found it quite easy to integrate studies in the French language given that we had had a good prior grounding in French. My early days at UTC have gone well. I’m currently doing an internship with the company Faurécia, Méru. Once I graduate, I plan to stay in France and find a job in the Paris area”, says future engineer Yuan. Incidentally, with some other students in the Industrial Design (IDI) specialty, she and the group have just won a James Dyson Award 2018 for their project to create a smart so-called “Bing Bin”. This way the students themselves become famous ambassadors for international co-operation schemes such as UTSEUS.
The research themes common to the French and Chinese establishments are numerous: in urban planning, for smart transportation, for sustainable development … projects. These can be seen in an even wider connotation, tomorrow’s cities and urban planning which is addresses in ComplexCity, the first lab in the world devoted to smart cities, bringing together Chinese and European scientists.
“Not only must we widen the scope of collaboration for this programme, but we must above all take the research work to more advanced levels”, notes Philippe Courtier, President and Vice-Chancellor of UTC. “We must value-add to our know-how to assist more than ever before major French companies round the world”.