With China a long-standing key strategic partner of Université Paris-Saclay and its member institutions, Gilles Bloch, president of the university, joined French president Emmanuel Macron on his first official visit to China from 8 to 10 January.
On a three-day visit, Emmanuel Macron highlighted the importance of China in French international policy and qualified China as a strong ally in the common effort to fight climate change, a reliable partner in business and infrastructure development, as well as in academic and scientific relations.
On this occasion, Gilles Bloch, representing Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay, founding member of Université Paris-Saclay, signed a letter of intent to develop joint research and academic programmes in Artificial Intelligence (AI) with 3 major Chinese universities (Tsinghua University, Zhejiang University and University Shanghai Jiao Tong), 4 other French institutions (USPC, École Polytechnique, Sorbonne Université, École Normale Supérieure), and the France-China Foundation.
Conscious of the challenges surrounding research and innovation in AI as well as the potential and applications it offers, the parties committed to developing new ways of collaboration in AI with scientific, academic and industrial partners.
Another crucial point of French-Chinese cooperation will be the French-Chinese Joint Committee on Science and Technology in May 2018 in Beijing.