The Paris Seine Initiative


The University of Paris Seine and the University of Warwick announce an academic alliance

The University of Paris Seine and the University of Warwick announce an academic alliance

London, March 28th, 2018 At a time when Brexit brings uncertainty over the academic relations between British higher education institutions and their European partners, in February 2017 the University of Paris Seine launched a call for proposal to British universities. The invitation offered the opportunity for higher education institutions in the UK to participate in the establishment of the future University of Paris Seine International Campus within the framework of an academic and scientific partnership.


As a result of this Call for Proposal, the University of Warwick became the privileged partner of the University of Paris Seine to establish a fruitful and long-term cooperation.

The University of Warwick’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Stuart Croft  said:

“I am delighted that Warwick has today formed this significant new partnership with  the University Paris Seine. Europe wide research and teaching collaboration has helped transform the lives not just of students and researchers, it has underpinned jobs, and spurred innovation and advances in health, manufacturing, culture and so much more. Politicians in and out of office in every country in Europe are still deliberating how the UK can still be part of that in future but we can’t afford simply to wait for that to be fully resolved. We chose to act now not just to show our commitment to work together in future but to begin working on a range of activities’ that delivers on that commitment. “

The purpose of this alliance is to shape strong relations and cooperation through specific well-defined actions, strengthen mutual understanding, promote academic and research development, and support linkage and sustainable productive academic collaboration and exchange between faculties, divisions, departments, centres, units, staff and students.

“This is a real opportunity for us to create new partnerships in cutting edge areas of research, as well as set up new teaching programmes based on a combination of strong academic skills and soft skills. This key partnership is important in the pursuit of academic excellence and will provide optimal benefit for the partners through academic and research development and support programmes.” states François Germinet, President of the University of Paris Seine.

4 academic fields especially relevant as areas of collaboration in both research and education
The  University of Paris Seine and the University of Warwick identified 4 relevant academic fields in both research and education in which to develop specific programmes, research, and chairs: Modelling Sciences (mathematics, statistics, physics, economics and computer science),  Business and Management, Arts and Humanities (art, history, literature, heritage) and Education Sciences.

The collaboration will be based on the following joint developments:

  • Teaching: The University of Paris Seine and the University of Warwick will develop a joint Master’s in Mathematical Modelling (with a potential start in the 2019/20 academic year) and a Chair in Mathematics at Paris Seine to be launched in September 2018. They will also explore collaborative teaching opportunities in a range of other disciplines including Business and Management, Cultural Policy, Applied Linguistics, and Complexity. Warwick Business School and ESSEC Business School will be part of the Bachelors-to-Masters Alliance which offers fast-track access for member schools’ top graduates into their Masters programmes.
  • Student Exchange: The University of Paris Seine and the University of Warwick will work on student exchanges at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, such as that between ESSEC and Warwick Business School on their Master’s in Finance programmes.
  • Encourage transdisciplinary research and co-supervised PhD theses: Besides fostering disciplinary cooperation, this partnership also seeks to encourage transdisciplinary cooperation via both parties’ Institutes of Advanced Studies. It will allow them to develop research collaboration on a range of disciplines including Arts and Humanities, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Business and Management, Linguistics, and Education Sciences. Faculty members will also work on joint research projects, publications, and joint applications for research funding. Two large forums, for example, will be planned on Global Complexity in 2018 and Arts and Heritage in 2019 to assemble researchers and explore ways of working together.

A number of 5 PhD Fellowships will also be co-financed by the University of Paris Seine and the University of Warwick. Post-doctoral early career researchers at the University of Paris-Seine will also be able to apply for Rutherford fellowships that will allow those researchers to spend up to 3 months at Warwick developing research collaboration projects.

To improve this collaboration and create strong links between the two institutions, Warwick Business School will become the privileged UK representative member of the Council of Business & Society, an international alliance of leading business schools aiming to become a global voice in the promotion of responsible leadership education.  

Other disciplines and areas of cooperation may emerge over the course of the execution of this agreement.

“It is important today for our institutions to work together to produce cutting-edge knowledge and to train influential and responsible leaders who are attentive to new trends. With the call for expression of interest and this partnership, we will  construct a strong alliance with European Universities and Business Schools in order to be a major player on the international higher education stage and propose our students truly innovative and disruptive learning experiences.’ highlights Vincenzo Esposito Vinzi, Dean and President of ESSEC Business School.


About the University of Paris Seine

The University of Paris Seine is a network of excellence. Bringing together 15 higher education institutions, this group enables its members to collaborate, to gather, to create and to decompartmentalise. In other words, to do together what they would not be able to do by themselves. The ComUE represents essential leverage and visibility for its community in terms of academic training, research, student life, professional integration and international and socio-economic partnerships. Its community is composed of 37,000 students, 2,700 teacher-researchers and 2,000 administrative staff members.

About the University of Warwick

The University of Warwick is one of the UK’s leading research universities. Warwick ranked 7th overall in the UK Government’s most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014. Four of its departments were  ranked as the leading academic department for outputs (publications) in the country. The REF described 87% of Warwick’s research as ‘world -leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Warwick’s Global Research Priorities focus its world-class, multidisciplinary research on key areas of international significance. Warwick has just under 26,000 students 9,400 of which are postgraduates. Warwick has students from over 140 countries.

The IAS joins UBIAS

The IAS joins UBIAS

The Institute for Advanced Studies joins the UBIAS network which brings together University-Based Institutes of Advanced Studies, worldwide.


At a meeting in Sao Paulo, Brasil, the board of directors of the network has decided to admit as members, in addition to the IAS of the University of Cergy-Pontoise, the following institutes: the Warwick Institute of Advanced Studies, the Amsterdam Institute of Advanced Studies, the Konstanz Zukunftkolleg and the Instituto de Estudos Avançados Transdisciplinares of the Federal University of Minas Gerais.

UBIAS is a network designed to foster collaboration, cooperation and the exchange of good practices between around 40 institutes around the world.

Excellence Initiative: the University of Paris Seine launches a second call for proposals in support of research development

Excellence Initiative: the University of Paris Seine launches a second call for proposals in support of research development

Cergy, 20th March 2018 – Within the framework of the Paris-Seine Excellence Initiative, a second call for proposals has been launched in support of research development. Last June, 35 research projects as well as the ESSEC PhD programme were retained for a total funding of approximately €4.2m.

The current call for proposals aims to financially support projects coming from the scientific community and contribute to the development of scientific excellence. The quality of the projects, the visibility they will bring, and the dynamic of excellence will be decisive factors. Projects notably targeted will be those that enable the emergence of new research themes, the strengthening of doctoral and post-doctoral training, the increase in attractiveness and international visibility, the emergence of cross-functional projects combining several research bodies of the University of Paris Seine, and the development of research partnerships linked to the socio-economic world.

Supported projects will notably be able to contribute to the development of international scientific collaboration with certain privileged partners of the Paris-Seine Excellence Initiative (particularly in Europe, the University of Warwick, and in Asia, Nanyang Technological University). They may also be part of the development of cross-functional and innovative research projects sustaining the deployment of new graduate schools and linked to the forthcoming EUR national call for proposals.

This second Paris-Seine Excellence Initiative call for proposals comprises four main areas of focus:

  • The financing of doctoral and post-doctoral contracts

  • The financing of invited professors

  • Support for emerging research projects

  • Recruitment assistance.

Applications will be assessed by the Scientific Committee in May, for the results to be announced towards June 15th 2018.

Read more about the call for proposals 

A delegation from Paris-Seine visited the University of Warwick

A delegation from Paris-Seine visited the University of Warwick

The 23rd and 24thJanuary this year, academics from Paris-Seine staff visited the University of Warwick, Great Britain. This visit followed on from the one the British university did at Cergy-Pontoise, last October.

During two days, academics from various fields – modelling sciences, humanities, business and education – were given the opportunity to get to know each other’s specialisms and to identify common areas of interest and future collaboration.

“These exchanges and discussions revealed multiple opportunities to collaborate and allowed for identifying concrete actions to be completed in the forthcoming months in order to foster cooperation between our two universities”, stated Arnaud Lefranc, Vice-President of International Scientific Development at the University of Cergy-Pontoise at the end of the visit.

Read the article on Warwick University Website

Lancement de l’association de préfiguration du Campus International Paris Seine

Lancement de l’association de préfiguration du Campus International Paris Seine

Le 11 décembre 2017, l’université Paris Seine et ses partenaires, la préfecture et le département du Val d’Oise, la communauté d’agglomération de Cergy-Pontoise et les mairies de Cergy et de Neuville-sur-Oise, ouvrent un nouveau chapitre dans la réalisation du Campus International Paris Seine à Cergy-Pontoise : la création de l’association de préfiguration du Campus International Paris Seine, par son assemblée générale constitutive.

L’association a pour mission de porter et de coordonner la réalisation du Campus International Paris Seine avec ses six membres fondateurs :

–      L’Etat (préfecture du Val d’Oise)

–      La ComUE  Paris Seine

–      Le Département du Val d’Oise

–      La Communauté d’agglomération de Cergy-Pontoise (CACP)

–      La ville de Cergy

–      La ville de Neuville-sur-Oise

Présidée par François Germinet, président de l’université de Cergy-Pontoise et administrateur provisoire de l’université Paris Seine, l’association traduit la forte cohésion de ses membres dans la volonté de créer ensemble un campus aux meilleurs standards internationaux à Cergy-Pontoise.

La région Ile-de-France et la Caisse des dépôts et des Consignations ont soumis leur demande d’adhésion à l’Assemblée générale du 11 décembre, avec pour objectif de soutenir activement le développement du Campus International Paris Seine dans ce nouveau cadre.

L’association garantira la cohérence et l’avancement des réalisations du Campus International Paris Seine : les nouveaux équipements, aménagements, circulations et logements, dont va se doter Cergy-Pontoise avec ce projet. Les premières réalisations, dont le Fablab « LaBBoite », ont vu le jour en 2017. Elles seront suivies par « La Turbine » en 2019, et d’autres équipements structurants dès 2021.

Le développement du Campus International Paris Seine constitue un axe central de l’Initiative d’Excellence ISITE Paris Seine (Programme d’Investissements d’Avenir), dont l’Université Paris Seine est lauréat depuis février 2017. Il est également porteur d’une vision de Cergy-Pontoise comme « ville-campus », où la dynamique universitaire contribue activement à la qualité de vie, à l’augmentation des emplois, aux rencontres étudiants-citoyens, à la circulation des savoirs et connaissances, et à l’ouverture du pôle universitaire sur la ville.

D’ici 2025, le Campus International Paris Seine comptera une série de nouveaux bâtiments et jusqu’à 5000 nouveaux logements pour étudiants et chercheurs. Le coût global du projet est estimé à 1Mrd d’euros d’investissements publics et privés, dont près de 20% ont déjà été engagés.

The Paris Seine Initiative labeled excellence initiative

The Paris Seine Initiative labeled excellence initiative

The I-SITE (Initiative Science-Innovation-Territory-Economy) call for proposals for which we have been preselected is part of the last wave of calls for proposals in the framework of the PIA program (French government’s “Investments for the Future” program), which aims at identifying a dozen French academic institutions for their capacity to become world-class universities, recognized for the quality of their research focusing on fields of excellence, and also for the quality of their education and their integration in the socio-economic fabric.

The pre-selection of the Paris Seine Initiative project is a unique opportunity to promote our identity and our vision in the changing national and international landscape of Higher Education and Research.

The University of Cergy-PontoiseESSEC Business School , EISTIENSEA and COMUE Paris Seine intend to transform Cergy-Pontoise’s Higher Education and Research environment and improve its visibility and attractiveness.

This project will focus on three main objectives:

  • An international research university, positioned as a leading international player in the field of Social Sciences, Management and Modelling. This selective university will offer Masters and PhD level programs.
  • An Undergraduate College, with the social mission of student success in the territory. This College will offered diversified, flexible bachelor-level programs.
  • An international campus that will embody the renewed academic environment, articulated around an urban center and the surrounding nature, enabling a reappropriation of the banks of the river Oise and the big lakes of Cergy.