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 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, academies, 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 are, 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 offer 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.

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Key figures that characterise 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 licences
  • 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).

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • French

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Programs

This school also offers:

MSc

Master in Science and Management of the Marine Resources

Campus Full time September 2018 France Nice

Engage in an interdisciplinary approach to appraise marine biological resources and their scientific, economic and social values, in order to open students to both academic and managerial employability. [+]

Engage in an interdisciplinary approach to appraise marine biological resources and their scientific, economic and social values, in order to open students to both academic and managerial employability. MARRES is the future Master program in Science and Management of the Marine Resources that will be held at Université Côte d'Azur in partnership between Université Nice Sophia Antipolis & SKEMA Business School. This multidisciplinary program opening in Fall 2018 will combine scientific and managerial aspects of the marine ecosystems to open the employability of our students, both in public research and in the private sector. Learning Outcomes On completion students will be able to: Anticipate and proficiently address current and emerging marine issues Contribute to high level research on marine topics Deploy entrepreneurial opportunities in the field of marine sciences. Advise decision makers on scientific, legal, and managerial aspects of marine concerns KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS All our students will deal with the physical and biological systems that operate in the marine environment and how these systems are expected to respond to natural and human induced changes. In addition to this knowledge, they will be given the opportunity to acquire Skills in how to lead research, collect and analyse data Skills in chemical, biological and biotechnological engineering Skills in management, entrepreneurship and communication Skills associated with societal implications of marine sciences EMPLOYABILITY researcher or engineer in fundamental or applied marine science [-]

Master

Master BIOBANKS & COMPLEX DATA MANAGEMENT

Campus Full time 2 years September 2017 France Nice

Graduates of the Biobanks and Complex Data Management Master’s program will have immediate employment prospects in the health and hospital fields, in industrial, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology laboratories, and in the agronomy industry. This professional training program of excellence will open doors to French, European, or international companies. [+]

BIOBANKS & COMPLEX DATA MANAGEMENT Key elements of the program Teaching in English (50%) UCA-labeled program Strong European network Two company internships (France/International) The only European professional Master’s in biobanks at a public university Covering the key aspects of biobanks in France and Europe 85 biological and microbiological resource centers in France 500 biobanks in Europe 700 research groups using biological specimens in France 800 research projects using biological specimens in France Introduction Graduates of the Biobanks and Complex Data Management Master’s program will have immediate employment prospects in the health and hospital fields, in industrial, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology laboratories, and in the agronomy industry. This professional training program of excellence will open doors to French, European, or international companies. Paul HOFMAN Program Director Careers Biobank manager Biobank quality manager Manager of annotations and databases/Data manager Advisor to collectors and users Product manager Industry Monitoring Manager (technological, ethical, regulatory, etc.) Workplaces Academic laboratories Hospital laboratories and biobanks Companies in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries Biodiversity conservatories National and international non-profit organizations Program Curriculum First year (M1) Second year (M2) Admission Conditions for Admission BAC +3 diploma in life sciences Admission will be based on applications (which must download and complete an application and will undergo an individual interview. Teachers (examples) Healthcare engineers (Nice CHU Biobank, Bayer CropScience Sophia Antipolis, ICAReB, Pasteur Institute) Research Engineers (INSERM, CNRS, INRA, INRIA) Quality Managers (CHU Nice) Researchers (IRCAN, INSERM, CNRS, INRIA, INRA, IPMC) Medical Doctors (CHU Nice) Biobank Managers (National Biobank Infrastructure) [-]

Master ENGINEERS FOR SMART CITIES

Campus Full time 1 year September 2017 France Nice

The “Engineers for Smart Cities” Master’s program offers an advanced multidisciplinary study experience focused on smart cities as well as on the innovation and business solutions triggered by the transition towards more sustainable urban environments (design, deployment, and operation of urban systems). The goal is to train professionals capable of developing, implementing, and managing innovative projects within the smart city--a connected, integrated, attractive, and livable space. [+]

ENGINEERS FOR SMART CITIES Key Points Fully taught in English Taught by professionals and academics 6 months of professional experience Projects & Case studies Innovative learning approach Introduction The “Engineers for Smart Cities” Master’s program offers an advanced multidisciplinary study experience focused on smart cities as well as on the innovation and business solutions triggered by the transition towards more sustainable urban environments (design, deployment, and operation of urban systems). The goal is to train professionals capable of developing, implementing, and managing innovative projects within the smart city--a connected, integrated, attractive, and livable space. Careers Participants will acquire the requisite skills for a career in private companies, consultancies, engineering firms, as well as in the public sector, working with development projects and with organizations concerned with smart cities and sustainable urbanization. Students will also gain the necessary skills for roles in higher education and research institutions. Continuing professional development By sponsoring continuing professional development, employers can reward and motivate their employees while equipping them with the latest skills and specialized knowledge to enhance their businesses. According to an employer’s organizational or professional needs, staff can be offered enrollment in the full diploma program to provide them with deeper knowledge or the option of customized modules to fill a gap in specialized skills. Calendar SEMESTER 1 : SEPTEMBER - FEBRUARY SEMESTER 2 : MARCH - AUGUST Admission Conditions for Admission Both postgraduate students and professionals can apply for this diploma program. Applications will be reviewed holistically, focusing on applicants’ academic excellence... [-]

Master Flavor & Fragrance Industry

Campus or Online Full time 2 years September 2017 France Nice

The proposed training program is one of the UCAJEDI educational programs. The Flavor & Fragrance Industry Master’s is a multi-disciplinary, professional DE2P (Double Expertise Professional Program) program proposing three tracks: law, science, and management-marketing, with a “major-double minor” format. [+]

Flavor & Fragrance Industry Key Elements of the Program 4 Certifications Available as e-learning The two years of the program are fully in English. Double Expertise Professional Program Introduction The proposed training program is one of the UCAJEDI educational programs. The Flavor & Fragrance Industry Master’s is a multi-disciplinary, professional DE2P (Double Expertise Professional Program) program proposing three tracks: law, science, and management-marketing, with a “major-double minor” format. Industry The fragrance and flavor industry is largely oriented towards external markets, with two-thirds of the turnover of the players in the field achieved abroad. The sector also ranks third in exports, demonstrating the vitality of this French “flower.” Careers Grasse, the world’s perfume capital, is a unique place which contains the entire value chain of the flavors and fragrances sector: from the cultivation of scented and aromatic plants, to the presence of industry assuring their transformation and composition; all of the sector’s activities are growing, resulting in some 3000 direct jobs. Certifications ISO 9001 EQUIS AACSB AMBA Program Components First year (M1) Common Core History of perfumery and flavors, the steps in the creation of a product, languages, interdisciplinary tutored projects Internship (6 months) Second year (M2) Common Core Product legislation, communication, languages, interdisciplinary tutored projects Internship (6 months) Admission Conditions for Admission Admissible students will have acquired 180 ECTS credits, and a desire to specialize in one of the disciplines offered by the tracks based on an initial curriculum in law, science, or management. The English level of the candidate... [-]

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Campus Valrose, Batiment M
28 avenue Valrose
Nice cedex 2

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