On 13 December, a delegation from Zhejiang University (ZJU) in China, led by its president, Prof. Zhaohui WU, was welcomed at Université Paris-Saclay, along with 5 representative of the international relations and research departments, as well as 7 deans, vice-deans and researchers who took part in thematic workshops in mathematics, optics, physics, as well as information science and electronic engineering.
Zhejiang University – 3rd university in China
Ranking 3rd in China and 68th in the world (ARWU 2018), Zhejiang University is located in the city of Hangzhou, south-west of Shanghai. Founded in 1897, the university welcomes over 53,000 students, 33% master’s students and 20% PhDs, among which almost 7,000 are international. ZJU stands out in thematic rankings, with a 3rd place in the ARWU 2018 ranking in scientific and technological instruments, 5th in biotechnologies and 4th in chemical engineering.
A MOU signed last June between UPSaclay and ZJU
The visit by the president of ZJU follows on from many exchanges over the past two years between UPSaclay and its member institutions with the best Chinese universities. The president of UPSaclay, Gilles Bloch, visited Zhejiang last June. On this occasion, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the two institutions under the auspices of Valérie Pécresse, president of the Paris Region, and the governor of the Zhejiang province who also concluded a cooperation agreeement.
ZJU – a strategic partner of UPSaclay
UPSaclay and ZJU work together within structure actions such as the PHOTONET international research network and a joint tolerancing research centre. Created in 2015 and led by Prof. Eric Cassan on the French side, PHOTONET involves the CNRS and Université Paris-Sud through the C2N, Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, at UPSaclay, and the COER, College of Optical Science and Engineering, at ZJU. Several PhD students in cotutelle have been welcomed at UPSaclay since the creation of the network (some still under way), and 3 students from the Institut d'Optique Graduate School have carried out research internships in Zhejiang in 2017 and 2018. Currently, among avenues that should be explored, both partners are studying the organisation of alternate summer schools in France and in China, and are keen to develop student exchange at the master and PhD level. A more recent creation, in March of this year, the Sino-French Tolerancing and Assembly Innovation Center is the result of longstanding collaboration between the LURPA (Laboratoire Universitaire de la Recherche en Production Automatisée of the ENS Paris-Saclay), world leader in tolerancing research, and Shandong Industrial Technology Research Institute of ZJU, first Chinese university in the field. This joint centre is designed to become the first world centre for tolerancing research, which other French and European universities as well as industrials have already expressed their interest to join.
The president of ZJU with, to his right, Guillaume Garreta, director of international relations at UPSaclay, Pierre-Yves Joubert, deputy director of the C2N and, to his left, Ulf Gennser, director for research of the 2DEG group at the C2N
The president of ZJU at Neurospin with, to his left, Jean-Robert Deverre, director of Neurospin
Avenue for cooperation in many areas
This is but a sample of flourishing exchanges between Université Paris-Saclay and Zhejiang University. The meetings of the day enabled UPSaclay and ZJU researchers to highlight more precise avenues for cooperation, namely the organisation of a summer school in physics, the establishment of exchanges in mathematics via a highly-selective master’s programme at ZJU leading to a PhD degree, and the development of exchanges with the COER through a double-degree project in optics.
A PhD double-degree agreement signed today
On this basis, a PhD double-degree agreement was signed today, enabling both universities to jointly train PhD students in identified areas of excellence. As such, cooperation will be developed in fundamental disciplines (physics, material sciences, chemistry, life sciences) and in areas of strong national and international interest such as genomics, AI, and information science applied to health.
Headline picture: the president of Zhejiang University, Prof. Zhaohui WU, and the president of Université Paris-Sclay, Prof. Gilles Bloch