Université Côte d’Azur (UCA)

Introduction

UCA's ambitions

UCA is striving to be a catalyst that will transform its territory. As the facilitator of a different mode of thought, of entrepreneurship, of research and development, UCA offers a fundamental rethinking of relationships between partners. A rapid assessment of the French university system shows that, in spite of its diversity and richness, it is not ready for the current context of discontinuity. Rather, it is set up along rigid lines; and this in a world where it is becoming crucial to be flexible and reactive, to encourage risk-taking and environments in which talent can bloom. The question is indeed one of excellence; however, the excellence needs to possess agility in its processes. Keeping in mind the two goals of excellence and agility in all of its actions, the challenge facing UCA is to develop and reinforce the site’s advantages, to overcome identified weaknesses, to structure and to increase the consortium’s visibility around the world. More exactly, our ambition is to:

  • Move the UCA squarely up into world-class research and innovation rankings, with a high-profile international attractiveness
  • Confer upon UCA the role of an international leader in transdisciplinary research, by encouraging an adapted scientific and intellectual posture, and by de-compartmentalizing the various topical components through joint projects
  • Attract to UCA, students, and researchers with strong creative potential through an ambitious range of training and research programs that includes state-of-the-art information and communication technologies and by drawing artistic creation and scientific creation closer together
  • Anchor UCA in its territory by multiplying interactions between academic research and private development research
  • Make UCA an essential partner in areas with strong socio-economic potential, especially the use of digital domains in the sectors of health, well-being, aging, environment-related hazards, and the smart city and territory.

To support this new university model, it is necessary to create an organization that favors new interactions between the disciplines and between fundamental and applied research. The coordination required to initiate the UCA project must take the form of entities that progressively organize, secure and develop new types of interactions between all the directly involved players. From the academic coordination standpoint, several levels should be kept in mind: that of a scientific organization; and that of interactions between fundamental research and innovation; that of governance. The consortium’s partners have committed to certain core values.

  • Fundamental human rights: members of UCA share common values as expressed in the European Union charter
  • Academic freedom: UCA and its professors are independent, and cherish and defend free inquiry and scholarly responsibility
  • Excellence: UCA, through its students, academics, staff, and alumni, strives for excellence and educates students to the highest standards. It offers an environment and networks in which talent can bloom and grow extensively
  • Advancing and Sharing knowledge: UCA supports scholarly pursuits that contribute to the creation of knowledge and understanding within an interdisciplinary methodology and seeks opportunities to share them broadly
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship: UCA thinks and acts like an enterprising and creative University capable of creating a genuine dynamic of ideas and innovation, able to support and reward transformative initiatives, openness to the world, risk-taking, and transformation
  • Public Interest: UCA embodies the highest standards of service and works within the wider community to enhance the public good.

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Governance

The UCA is the product of the collective desires and ambitions of the major institutions of higher education and research of our region. Our goal is as simple as it is ambitious: to create, together, a new university, giving rise to a dynamic and powerful concentration of science, technology, art, and innovation, all within an exceptional setting here on the French Riviera. While our objective is simple, the challenges that we must overcome to build this new university are numerous:

  • break down barriers and create new interactions between disciplines, to create the transdisciplinary approach that is necessary to face the major scientific and social challenges of tomorrow;
  • invent a new form of coordination between research, teaching, and innovation that will open up new possibilities for our students;
  • define a new partnership between the public and private sectors within the Côte d'Azur region;
  • construct an active collaboration with local authorities, to ensure that all regional actors are working together towards the same goals;
  • establish a new type of partnership with companies, based on a greater sharing of resources and a convergence in our objectives;
  • project this new university model at the international level, to place the UCA at the heart of a dense global network that will allow us to attract the best students, recruit the most active and innovative researchers and teachers, and create the most attractive training programs.

Another major challenge will be to construct a truly common identity for our new university, building on the richness provided by the diversity of its members. As the first President of the University of the Côte d'Azur, I am proud of the trust that my colleagues have placed in me, focused on the work that lies ahead of us, and, above all, thrilled to be participating in this adventure that many of us have been waiting for with impatience and that we finally have the opportunity to pursue.

Organization

A structuration associated with transformative effect supported by an initiative excellence (IDEX) The strategic axes upon which UCA is positioned is, firstly, in the form of transdisciplinary topics of excellence. Led by the best teams, the projects will be developed inside the 5 Academies of Excellence. Research into these five topics all comprise powerful modeling, simulation, and interaction components; these are to be coordinated at the Center of Modeling, Simulation and Interactions, the MSI. Finally, these forms of research will take up the 3 major societal and territorial challenges through the three Reference Centers, hosting collaborative platforms, in a global, modern approach, riding on the unstoppable digital revolution. The training offered will be developed in accordance with the research axes. All actions will include a strong international component. UCA thus promotes a deliberately trans-disciplinary approach, driven by the excellence of the fundamental research carried out on site. Through this approach, our project is aimed at entirely renewing the dynamics of the relationship between research, training, and innovation.

UCA members

The Université Côte d’Azur (UCA) is a Community of Universities and Establishments (ComUE), which in addition to its 13 members, brings together, through agreements, all of the well-known, internationally visible higher learning and research public and private entities on the Côte d'Azur. UCA

Key figures that characterize the excellence of the grouping:

UCA Training and student life (2013-2014)

  • More than 30,000 students (national diplomas, university diplomas, BSc, MBA, etc.) of which: 1,700 Ph.D. students, 8,000 Masters students, 16,000 undergraduate students.
  • 22 remote and e-Learning courses
  • 5 career services
  • A new learning center at SophiaTech focused on innovation and knowledge sharing

UCA International (2013-2014)

  • 20% foreign students, 8 points higher than the national average
  • 740 international Ph.Ds
  • 94 invited world-class researchers and teacher-researchers
  • 493 active research and training partnerships
  • More than 100 international teams abroad
  • 6 Campuses abroad
  • 190 dual-degrees
  • 24 off-site national diplomas

UCA research and innovation (2012-2014)

  • 76 national and 48 international prizes and awards
  • 59 patents and 37 licenses
  • 53 ANR funded projects
  • 100 Europe funded projects, including ERC grants
  • 35 M euros obtained through research contracts
  • 4218 persons involved in research in A or A+ ranked laboratories

UCA Internationally renowned researchers

  • 2 gold medals, 20 silver medals and 41 bronze medals from the CNRS;
  • 12 members of the Academy of sciences;
  • 13 ERCs, third after Paris in the ratio ERCs/researchers
  • 19 members of the IUF in 2014.

The focus on UCA territory An exceptional cross-border territory, which in a few tens of km², is the bearer of world-class brands (Nice, Sophia Antipolis, Cannes, Grasse, Monaco, Italy).

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Programs

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Master

Master of Science (M.Sc.) Modeling of Neuronal and Cognitive Systems (MoNeuCog)

Campus 2 years September 2018 France Nice

Through its innovative approaches to mentoring, MoNeuCog aims to foster natural curiosity and autonomy in students. The goal is to develop active researchers at the interface of applied mathematics and cognitive sciences. [+]

MoNeuCog is an elite master's level program in the modeling of neuronal and cognitive systems, which is designed to educate the interdisciplinary researchers of tomorrow. Introduction

Through its innovative approaches to mentoring, MoNeuCog aims to foster natural curiosity and autonomy in students. The goal is to develop active researchers at the interface of applied mathematics and cognitive sciences.

Objectives

Graduates will have acquired the basic knowledge of mathematics, statistics, computer science, biology and cognitive science needed to model neurocognitive systems.Moreover, students will have been able to specialize in a domain of interest thanks to the projects conducted in UCA laboratories. All these laboratories are members of the C@UCA core program "Cognitive systems, normality and pathology of the human brain, computational neuroscience". The areas of specialization include medicine, mathematics, linguistics, physics, experimental economics, psychology, computer science, neurophysiology and chemistry of olfaction. Throughout the program, students will be confronted several times with interactions in all these fields, especially in group work. This will give each student the unique opportunity to progressively make individual choices, acquire autonomous thinking and work in an interdisciplinary setting. International mobility and Research & Development work in private companies will also be encouraged through internships.... [-]


Master of Science (MSc) Biocontrol Solutions for Plant Health (BOOST)

Campus 2 years September 2018 France Nice

A major global challenge is to implement eco-friendly plant production technologies while minimizing the hazards and risks to human health and the environment. This challenge is faced by all economic sectors that produce or use plants: agriculture, agri-food, cosmetics, Pharmaceutics. [+]

To grow the next generation of scientists in plant protection. BOOST meets requirements in eco-friendly plant production technologies by producing the next generation of scientists and professionals in plant health. Introduction

A major global challenge is to implement eco-friendly plant production technologies while minimizing the hazards and risks to human health and the environment. This challenge is faced by all economic sectors that produce or use plants: agriculture, agri-food, cosmetics, Pharmaceutics.

Plant health will be a major issue at the interface between agriculture and the environment for the foreseeable future. The BOOST master's program is an ambitious multidisciplinarity and interdisciplinarity training degree. It is designed to provide advanced knowledge in plant protection research and management, including resistant plant cultivars, biomolecules stimulating plant resistance and growth, biocontrol solutions, and plant production environments that reduce the need for pesticides. Objectives ... [-]

Master of Science (MSc) Data Sciences

Campus 2 years September 2018 France Nice

Data Science is an emergent field of activity, which will become increasingly vital to the digital economy in the coming years. This requirement is mainly due to our increasing capacities in data acquisition and processing. The UCA "Data Science" Master of Science prepares future specialists in mathematical techniques and computer tools necessary for the extraction of knowledge from masses of data. [+]

Join the most strategic field of the digital economy and learn its fundamental methods and algorithms with the "Data Science" Master’s program at the UCA! Introduction

Data Science is an emergent field of activity, which will become increasingly vital to the digital economy in the coming years. This requirement is mainly due to our increasing capacities in data acquisition and processing. The UCA "Data Science" Master of Science prepares future specialists in mathematical techniques and computer tools necessary for the extraction of knowledge from masses of data.

Objectives

The "Data Sciences" Master is a 2-year M.Sc. at the Université Côte d’Azur. It provides training in data science methods, emphasizing mathematical and computer science perspectives. Students will receive a thorough grounding in theory, as well as learning the technical and practical skills of data science enabling them to apply advanced methods of data science to investigate real-world questions. The core courses will provide students with comprehensive understanding of some of the most fundamental aspects of data, computational techniques, and statistical analysis. Students will then choose courses from a range of optional modules ranging from Distributed Computing to Big Data and Statistical Computing, to Financial Statistics, Management, and Marketing. The program will combine traditional lectures with computer lab sessions, in which students will work with data to complete hands-on exercises using programming tools, and analyze real data provided by professionals who are working in the industry. The "Data Science" Master also leads to Ph.D. programs in the area of applied mathematics and... [-]


Master of Science (MSc) in High Performance Computing and Data Science

Campus 2 years September 2018 France Nice

This M.Sc. program focuses on advanced education and the practice of HPC and data-driven applications. It provides students with an in-depth understanding of parallel programming, modeling, simulation and analysis of intensive data. Graduates will be prepared to pursue an exciting career in the fast-growing fields of HPC and Data Sciences. [+]

Introduction

This M.Sc. program focuses on advanced education and the practice of HPC and data-driven applications. It provides students with an in-depth understanding of parallel programming, modeling, simulation and analysis of intensive data. Graduates will be prepared to pursue an exciting career in the fast-growing fields of HPC and Data Sciences.

Objectives

You will study in a joint program with the Ecole des Mines de Paris - PSL and the Université Côte d’Azur.

Ecole des Mines de Paris – PSL is one of the best engineering schools in France, with an international reputation for excellence in education and research in HPC for industrial problems.

Université Côte d’Azur and its Center of Modeling, Simulation, and Interactions (MSI) promotes large-scale observation and in silico experimentation, such as the acquisition, processing, and display of very big data, using conceptual approaches common to the research activities of all the Academies of Excellence.... [-]


Master of Science (MSc) ROCC Networks and Connected Objects, from Sensors to the Cloud

Campus 2 years September 2018 France Nice

Connected Objects are invading our daily lives - houses, cars, factories, buildings, cities - and posing unprecedented challenges at the cross-road between electronics and computer science concerning their design, their networking needs and the management of the huge amount of data that they generate in a continuous and abundant manner. [+]

Introduction

Connected Objects are invading our daily lives - houses, cars, factories, buildings, cities - and posing unprecedented challenges at the cross-road between electronics and computer science concerning their design, their networking needs and the management of the huge amount of data that they generate in a continuous and abundant manner. These data also need to be stored and processed in an adequate and timely manner. The aim of this program is to provide students with basic and specialized skills related to all aspects of connected objects from the basic object to the overall management systems, in a holistic and coherent manner

Objectives

The degree aims to develop broad competency in a very active field where computer science and electrical engineering are combined to design the future systems with millions of connected devices that safely cooperate, while still preserving the individuals and their rights.... [-]


Master of Science (MSc) Smart-Edtech, Co-creativity and Digital Tools for Educational Innovation

Campus 2 years September 2018 France Nice

The SmartEdTech program addresses public, social and economic issues in a participative and creative way, to build the education of tomorrow. We are offering the program based on the disruptive pedagogy that is made possible by digital learning. This master's program puts smart educational technologies at the heart of its training activities in order to improve today's education for everybody and to create the education of tomorrow. [+]

Building the education of the XXI century by addressing public, social and economic issues. Introduction

The SmartEdTech program addresses public, social and economic issues in a participative and creative way, to build the education of tomorrow.We are offering the program based on the disruptive pedagogy that is made possible by digital learning. This master's program puts smart educational technologies at the heart of its training activities in order to improve today's education for everybody and to create the education of tomorrow.

Objectives Course structure

A threefold scientific approach:- In computer science, students will not only master the tools but also acquire skills in order to develop digital technologies in education and to create the added educational value for tomorrow's content and tools. This includes working with the support of machine learning algorithms and applying them to data generated during the learning and evaluation processes.- In educational science, students will acquire tools to precisely analyze educational innovation (with or without validation). - In applied cognitive science, students will benefit from the latest developments in neuroscience and behavioral psychology to propose effective and humane solutions.... [-]


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Nice, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, 06108 FR
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