After a two-year break due to the pandemic, the Wasaa Academy "Summer School" (Western Alliance for Scientific Actions with Australia) is back!
For its 3rd edition, from 16 January to 3 February, the Wasaa Academy have welcomed 12 Australian students in Brest. These students came from two of our Australian partner institutions, Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Flinders University.
This training aims to introduce Australian students to the various French universities and Grandes Ecoles and their expertise in the field of information and communication sciences and technologies. The Wasaa Consortium is made of 5 French institutions, including ENSTA Bretagne, ENIB, UBO, UBS and IMT Atlantique, which will be coordonating the summer school.
This short and comprehensive 3-week programme includes scientific courses, lectures, a research project, French as a foreign language (FLE) courses to understand French culture, visits to industrial partners and cultural visits. During this academic stay, students have the opportunity to follow a fifteen-hour introduction course to the French language and culture. They learn about the basics of the French language, French songs, the history of the country, the geography of France, intercultural topics and, above all, French gastronomy (including the culinary treasures of Brittany). The idea is to accompany them through their discovery of France during their immersion, but also to make them want to come back, to learn more, to go further and to develop an interest in French culture.
At the end of this programme, students flew home with six extra ECTS credits.
For this edition, the students were offered two courses: "Artificial Intelligence and Robotics" or "Human Factors".
This summer school is one of the many activities carried out by IMT Atlantique and the members of the Consortium. Internships, co-tutoring and mobility programmes also consolidate our desire to strengthen our links with Australia in terms of academic and scientific cooperation.
Stéphanie Serrec, International project officer, International relations and academic partnerships department: stephanie.serrec[at]imt-atlantique.fr
More information on the Wasaa Academy website: www.wasaa-academy.fr
by Pierre-Hervé VAILLANT