Signature of a framework agreement between Montpellier University of Excellence and University of California, Davis – sept. 2018

UM fully embraces its international heritage by promoting the dissemination of knowledge and know-how in training and research engineering, and by perpetuating the tradition of welcoming professors, lecturers, researchers, students and staff. UM’s international strategy focuses on leveraging its strengths in intensive research and linking research with training.
The University of Montpellier offers 600 degrees, 22 dual degrees in international partnership and 17 off-site training courses. UM participates and/or coordinates 20 European Erasmus+ training projects, 9 international laboratories, 19 Labex and 7 Equipex. More than 130 international co-supervised theses are currently in progress.

List of partners

UM has signed numerous cooperation agreements in order to carry out is international strategy that seeks to:

  • stimulate collaboration and exchanges for greater attractiveness, exposure and influence;
  • address local-global interactions, at the heart of tomorrow’s challenges, and cover a global dimension, especially through data sets and analyses;
  • play a leading role in the global governance of research and higher education in MUSE fields of expertise by mobilizing complementary resources and skills;
  • play an influential role by contributing to scientific diplomacy and to development through research, at the crossroads of science and policies.

UM’s strategic partnerships

The University of Montpellier opted to engage into strategic partnership with a limited number of institutions, allowing for close collaboration and greater synergy between partners. Strategic partnerships set a collaborative framework for all schools and departments of the university that engage into many collaborative projects including: scientific exchanges for students and professors, doctoral thesis co-supervision and secondments, research collaboration, internship exchanges, joint programs, students’ and professors’ participation in summer schools, creation of study and/or research chairs, organization of scientific events and organizational management.

UM’s current strategic partners are:

  • University of Barcelona, Spain
  • University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • University of Sherbrooke, Canada

In March 2017, the French government confirmed the decision of the international jury that selected “Montpellier University of Excellence” project (MUSE) as one of the laureates of the IDEX-ISITE Initiatives for Excellence call-for-projects. Led by University of Montpellier, MUSE mobilizes the forces of 19 institutions towards a common ambition: make Montpellier one of the European capitals for health, agro-environment and ecology-environment (in line with its 3 main pillars: FEED – PROTECT – CARE) and a true European portal for scientific cooperation towards Southern countries. MUSE’s privileged international strategic partners are those with whom the consortium members have strong and long-lasting academic and scientific links:

  • University of Barcelona (Spain)
  • University of California Davis (United States of America)
  • University of Heidelberg (Germany)
  • Wageningen University & Research (Netherlands)

In cooperation with research organizations, UM also strives to support actions that are initiated by its faculty members to build international research networks of excellence, particularly in Europe, North America and Japan.
The implementation of UM’s international relations policy combined with the development of the MUSE project contribute to strengthening existing collaborations between MUSE consortium members.

International Networks

The University of Montpellier participates in many international networks to increase global exposure:

AUF (all continents)
The “Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie” (AUF) is an international association that offers its member institutions a powerful tool for experience sharing and leveraging. This helps structuring the academic and scientific offer, implementing exchanges and inter-university projects, as well as supporting scientific projects.

EUA (Europe)
The European University Association (EUA) represents more than 800 universities and national rectors’ conferences in 48 European countries. EUA plays a major role in contributing to the elaboration of the European Union’s higher education, research and innovation policies.

Coimbra Group
Founded in 1985, the Coimbra Group is a university network which aims at bringing together long-established pluridisciplinary universities that meet high international standards.

Latinus (the Americas and Europe)
Latinus is a network of Latin higher education institutions that aims at promoting cultural diversity within Latinity with the purpose of opening up to the world. These institutions are committed to developing joint training and research projects and to supporting academic mobility within the network while opening it up to the world by relying on each other’s networks.

Averroès (Mediterranean Region)
The Averroès network brings together 65 universities, 5 local authorities (Collectivités territoriales), 16 companies and 7 international networks on both sides of the Mediterranean sea.
While the composition of the Consortium is set at 20 universities, the number of associate partners is constantly increasing. The Averroès 4 project brings together 74 associate partners from all fields: those include higher education institutions, industrial partners, companies, local authorities, technology hubs and business incubators.

e-OMED (Mediterranean Region)
The “Open Digital Area for the Mediterranean” project aims to gradually build a wild digital space for all stakeholders (countries, institutions and individuals) of the Union for the Mediterranean (UPM). Its goal is to preserve and enhance the legacies of the Mediterranean civilizations inherited from the Egyptians, Assyrians, Hebrews, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans and Arabs, by leveraging Internet, IT, information and communication technologies and virtual communities for exchange and sharing.

ASAIHL (Southeast Asia)
The Association of Southeast Asian Institutions of Higher Learning (ASAIHL) is a non-governmental organization founded in 1956. It aims to help its members strengthen their activities and achieve international excellence in higher education and research through mutual help.

MUSE international ambition is to build academic and research partnerships that will contribute to producing the required knowledge and skills to address global issues in the MUSE key sectors. To fulfil this ambition, MUSE seeks to collaborate with stakeholders who share similar interest in the MUSE “FEED – PROTECT – CARE” key issues, whether they are located in Northern or Southern hemispheres. International mobility acts as a strategic lever of the MUSE consortium’s international strategy.

MUSE’s strategic key partners are:

  • University of Barcelona, Spain
  • University of California, Davis, USA
  • University of Heidelberg, Germany
  • Wageningen University and Research, Netherlands

As of June 2019, framework agreements have been signed with:

  • American University of Beyrouth, Lebanon
  • China Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China
  • IAV Hassan II, Rabat, Morocco
  • INTA, Argentina
  • Université Laval, Québec, Canada
  • University of Barcelona, Spain
  • University of California, Davis, USA
  • University of Gamal Abdel Nasser, Conakry, Guinea
  • University of Porto, Portugal
  • University of Pretoria, South Africa
  • Wageningen University and Research, Netherlands