UGA, ESI and SMAG's presidents signing the agreement

The new year has got off to a great start with the signature on 23 January of a tripartite agreement with Université Grenoble-Alpes (UGA) and the Syndicat Mixte d’Aménagement du Genevois (the public authority which runs ArchParc)

UGA has been active on the French Geneva Campus by Archparc since 2014, when Prof. Philippe Sabatier of UGA’s Faculty of Pharmacy contacted the ESI to co-organize the BioHealth Computing summer school. Since then, ESI and UGA have developed a series of international innovative thematic schools, within the framework of different UGA Master degree courses.

UGA’s objective is to develop and diversify its pedagogical and scientific activities in the Greater Geneva area using the organizational know-how of ESI. ArchParc fully supports this ambition by providing human resources and infrastructure and on its French Geneva Campus.

Through the agreement, ESI and UGA will continue to develop high-level training in the field of health, in particular with UGA’s Faculty of Pharmacy. It will also support the development of the international activities of the Faculty of Humanities, Health, Sport and Society, in particular intensive and immersive schools as part of the interdisciplinary programs of the Graduate School@UGA. Three new schools are already planned in the fields of nutrition, healthy ageing and medical physics. The aim is also to strengthen the regional outreach of UGA, with financial support from the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region, through the co-construction of a new school in collaboration with innovation-driven companies based at ArchParc.

In signing this agreement, UGA is strengthening its capacity to organize immersive thematic schools, contributing to its international strategy of opening up and promoting its scientific and educational activities. We also wish to create an opportunity for UGA’s scientific and educational expertise to meet with the economic actors of ArchParc to develop new opportunities for our students”.

Yassine LAKHNECH President of the University of Grenoble-Alpes

“Every year, ESI contributes to the international reputation of the French-Geneva region, welcoming approximately 250 students of more than 30 nationalities. This agreement confirms the relevance of the ESI model, which since 1994 has provided an organizational framework to researchers driven by their passion for sharing their knowledge and expertise in collaborative and innovative educational projects”.

Jean-Michel THÉNARD President of the European Science Institute (ESI)