As the heir to two of Europe’s oldest universities, UM fully embraces its international heritage by promoting the spread of its knowledge and know-how in training and research engineering, and by perpetuating the tradition of welcoming teachers, lecturers, researchers, students and staff. The UM’s international strategy focuses on leveraging its strengths in intensive research and creating a bridge between research and training.
To date, the University of Montpellier offers 600 degrees, 22 dual degrees in international partnership and 17 off-site training courses. The 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.
UM’s strategic partnerships
The creation of a strategic partnership allows close collaboration with a limited number of institutions, thus creating a strong synergy between these partners and the University of Montpellier. Strategic partnerships have the particularity of reaching each of our departments. The developed projects include all aspects of university collaboration such as: scientific exchanges for students and professors, co-supervised theses exchanges, scientific collaborations, trainee exchanges, creation of joint programs, participation of students and professors in summer schools, creation of study and research chairs, organization of scientific conferences and organizational management. Our current strategic partners are: the University of Barcelona, the University of Heidelberg and the University of Sherbrooke.
In March 2017, the French government confirmed the choices of the international jury responsible for selecting the winners of the IDEX-ISITE call for projects. The MUSE project “Montpellier University of Excellence” is one of these winners and is led by the University of Montpellier. This project mobilizes the forces of 19 institutions towards a common ambition: to make Montpellier one of the European capitals of health, agro-environment and ecology-environment (themes: feeding, caring, protecting) and a real European portal for scientific cooperation relating to developing countries. The privileged international strategic partners are those with whom the members have strong scientific links: the University of Heidelberg (Germany), the University of Barcelona (Spain), the University of Wageningen (Netherlands) and the UC Davis University (United States).
The UM also strives to support, in cooperation with research organizations, the actions of its staff who build international research networks of excellence, particularly in Europe, North America and Japan.
The existing collaboration between the consortium members is strengthened with a dynamic aggregating the project development and implementation policy and UM’s International Relations policy.
MUSE international ambition is to build academic and research g 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 stategy.
MUSE’s strategic key partners are:
- University of Barcelona, Spain
- University of California, Davis, USA
- University of Heidelberg, Germany
- Wageningen University and Reseach, Netherlands
As of December 2018, framework agreements were also signed with:
- University of Porto, Portugal
- University of Pretoria, South Africa
- INTA, Argentina
- American University of Beyrouth, Lebanon
The University of Montpellier is part of many international networks that increase its influence: