IMT Atlantique participated in the latest Erasmus+ call for projects within the scope of the IMT and won a €550,000 grant from the European Commission to finance international credit mobility (ICM), i.e. mobility with countries outside the European Union. Over the period August 2020 - July 2023, these funds will enable IMT Atlantique to develop exchanges with Indonesia and Côte d’Ivoire.
IMT Atlantique was awarded a grant of just over €376,000 to increase cooperation with Indonesia. The grant will fund 30 incoming student mobilities from Indonesia and 16 incoming and outgoing mobilities for lecturers, researchers and administrative staff both to and from Indonesia for the benefit of all IMT schools.
New impetus for the FICEM consortium
The action is part of the French-Indonesian cooperation partnership FICEM (French Indonesian Consortium in Engineering and Management) created in 2015 between 10 IMT institutions and 10 Indonesian universities, and coordinated by IMT Atlantique. The objectives and expected benefits for students are enhanced knowledge and employability, and cultural and international openness. As far as teaching mobility is concerned, the focus will be on strengthening research collaborations and promoting the respective institutions. Academic exchanges, doctoral co-supervision visits and research projects are therefore set to take off again and the FICEM consortium should emerge strengthened.
IMT Atlantique on the move in Côte d’Ivoire
The other Erasmus + project, coordinated by IMT Atlantique and financed to the tune of €174,000, will strengthen existing partnerships with Côte d’Ivoire and develop international credit mobility with two institutions in particular: the Ecole Supérieure Africaine des Technologies de l'Information et de la Communication (ESATIC) and the Institut National Polytechnique Félix Houphouët-Boigny (INPHB), chosen because they are renowned for their training in engineering and information and communication technologies (ICT).
These cooperations have already existed for several years. The partners have an overall shared strategy, which is in line with the vision of the European Union, the dynamics of the Africa 2020 programme launched by President Emmanuel Macron, and the Franco-Ivoirian Hub for Education project (hub franco-ivoirien pour l'éducation ).
The conditions are therefore in place for welcoming Ivoirian students in France and for developing research activities in Ivory Coast. With the Erasmus + programme, 16 incoming student mobilities at master and doctoral level are already possible, as well as 8 incoming and outgoing mobility of teachers and other staff to study future research collaborations and co-construct courses.
by Pierre-Hervé VAILLANT