Based in the capital, the University of Paris will integrate the international dimension into its overall institutional research and training strategy. Jean-Paul Montagner, Geoffrey Sockett and Antoine Cazé, vice-presidents in charge of international relations at the founding institutions, present the 10 levers that will make the University of Paris famous throughout the world.







1. An institution with a global reach,
Today, the quality of our institutions is partly based on collaborations with the best universities in Europe and North America. Like Oxford, Cambridge, Heidelberg, Stanford, Harvard or MIT, which are the six universities with which we co-publish the most.
As part of the redesigned and more readable scientific and university landscape of a global metropolis, the University of Paris will have all the assets to intensify exchanges and collaborations with institutions in other world cities comparable in terms of size, population and economy. It will strengthen its relations with Boston, Singapore, Sydney, Montreal and Sao Paolo. The University of Paris will endeavour to monitor geopolitical and geostrategic developments in order to steer and adjust its strategy over the long term.

2. fully involved in the European area,
In Europe, the University of Paris wishes to develop particularly its partnerships with London and Berlin. Thanks to its real interdisciplinarity, it will be in synergy with the new instruments of European research funding, and will be able to respond effectively to calls for projects from the European Union. Together with the Guild of European Research Universities, of which it has been a member since its creation in 2016, it intends to influence the European Union’s scientific policy choices and help build a collective model of international excellence. Thus, the University of Paris wishes to contribute to the construction of a European university that can meet the requirements of truly international research and teaching for the benefit of the community, in accordance with the sustainable development objectives to which Europe is committed for the world.

3. ensuring its international social responsibility.
President Macron’s speech at the University of Ougadougou left its mark. Work within the three institutions to develop partnerships with developing countries, particularly in Africa, will continue. This will be a strong strategic focus, closely linked with organizations such as IRD: it will help diversify our approaches and positioning. Like the IDEAL programme, which involves other European and African partners, such as the University of Medicine in Uganda, this will be the vehicle for multilateral collaborations.




4. International relations integrated into the settlement strategy,
Led by a dedicated vice-president, international relations will be based on an office headed by a director who will be responsible for implementing and applying the strategic orientations set by a specific steering committee.

5. and close to its users
The International Relations Offices, located on various campuses of the University of Paris, will play a key role in the dialogue with students, teachers and researchers. Some missions, which are more strategic, will be managed by the central office, such as strategic development, the development of new international routes, comparative analyses, monitoring of international rankings and international communication.



6. Attract the best students,
Well-endowed academic scholarships will be offered to the best Master’s students from partner institutions wishing to study in Paris. They will also be open to students from the University of Paris wishing to study abroad for several months. The objective of this program is to serve as a lever for recruiting international doctoral students.

7. collaborate with leading researchers,
An ambitious programme of hosting visiting researchers, including both research and teaching chairs, will be developed to foster concrete exchanges with our key partners.

8. and promote diversity,
What is called ” Internationalization at Home ” (Internationalization at Home) is based on the development of curricula designed from the outset for an audience of international students who wish to embrace the major issues of tomorrow, both for the advancement of science and to meet major societal challenges. The University of Paris will support their incubation and development with teachers and researchers. The development of learning paths in English will notably make it possible to increase the attractiveness of the University of Paris for students with more diversified profiles from all over the world.

9. in a university open to the world,
Particular attention will be paid to increasing the outgoing mobility of our students as a vector of excellence. Local students will be asked to spend a semester or even a year abroad if they are integrated in international courses. The objective will be to achieve 20% outgoing mobility for all our programmes.

10. and concerned about her students.
Finally, student experience will be at the heart of the University of Paris’s international relations strategy and will involve a number of players. Emphasis will be placed on supporting incoming foreign students in all practical aspects of their training and stay (administrative procedures, finding quality accommodation, etc.).


Jean-Paul Montagner, gead of International Relations at the IPGP
Geoffrey Sockett, deputy Vice-President for International Relations and Partnerships at Paris Descartes University
Antoine Cazé, vice-President for International Relations at Paris Diderot University