Published on 19 June 2018
On June 14, Université Paris-Saclay is signing a cooperation framework agreement with Zhejiang University.

Zhejiang University is located in the city of Hangzhou, a thirty-minute train ride away from Shanghai. It was founded in 1897 and has now become one of the three top higher education institutions in China, having risen considerably in recent years. It has over 48 000 students, including 15 000 Master’s students, 9 500 doctoral students and 24 100 first cycle students. Each year, the University welcomes more than 6 200 international students from all over the world and more than 600 international academics who teach and undertake joint research on its 7 campuses. It now ranks third in the world for the number of its scientific publications (after Harvard and Toronto).


Cooperation now extends to all areas of excellence in both universities

The first contacts established a few months ago, focusing on the doctorate, have now led the two institutions to reinforce their cooperation with a framework agreement which will promote exchanges of students, lecturers and researchers.  

At stake is the setting up of jointly awarded double diplomas and coordinated research work, leading to co-publications and regular academic interactions.

This stimulating cooperation will be developed in a number of areas of excellence already clearly identified by both universities, such as optics and photonics, engineering, mechanics and automation. It will also extend to fundamental disciplines (physics, materials science, chemistry, life sciences) as well as to areas that pose significant national and international challenges, such as agronomics, new technologies and communication systems, artificial intelligence, the environment and climate change, energy management and healthcare. In that context, plans are already well advanced for the creation of a French-Chinese joint center focusing on Smart Manufacturing. This center aims to become the global leader in research on “tolerancing”1. The Automated Production Research Laboratory (French acronym: LURPA) at ENS Paris-Saclay is one of the world leaders in research on tolerancing and Zhejiang is China’s leading university in this field.

An agreement signed under the auspices of the governor of Zhejiang and the president of the Ile-de-France region

This framework agreement builds on previous collaborative research and exchanges with several Université Paris-Saclay institutions: Université Paris-Sud and the Center for Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies (primarily via the CNRS PHOTONET International Research Network), CentraleSupélec, ENS-Paris Saclay, Institut d’Optique Graduate School.

It will be signed during the visit to China undertaken by the president of the Ile-de-France region, Ms. Valérie Pécresse. Ms. Pécresse and Mr. YUAN Jiajun , the governor of Zhejiang province will also be signing a cooperation agreement that day, the objective of which is to promote exchanges and joint projects with a view to building bridges between regions, communities, civil society organizations, companies and training, research and innovation ecosystems. The Ile-de-France region has identified Zhejiang as one of the key regions in the world with which it wants to develop partnerships.


1 A measurement of the gap between the actual and the target quality of a product.