International Dimension

University of Clermont Auvergne (UCA) is committed to developing educational programmes for an international public (dual-award programmes) and to enhancing its research at an international level. These two drivers have the wide support of programmes which consolidate the position of our institution in the international environment through the participation of different consortiums in European programmes and by our presence in cooperative academic associations such as AUF and EUA, and through our more and more active participation in international research and cooperation projects.
Since its creation, UCA has embraced the two main European political roadmaps for 2014-2020 through the Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020 programmes. UCA is at the heart of the Erasmus Internship Consortium for the whole catchment area of Clermont Ferrand. As proof of recognition, since 2014 UCA has been distinguished in the Shanghai ratings for its achievements in physics, and since 2015 is ranked 193rd by the Times Higher Education for its international development.

Driver 1 : Internationalise UCA educational programmes

In order to obtain European accreditations and to build dual-award or double-degree programmes, it is vital to associate the English language with the teaching of French as a foreign language. The development of multi-lingual programmes has become a priority, both for our French students and for our international students. In order to rise to this challenge, flexible yet incentive action plans have been implemented for both the university schools and the laboratories:
  • Creation of a module in English entitled “Studying the Auvergne as a Region” (STAR).
  • Assistance in setting up short-term teaching programmes (Summers schools)
  • Development of an English-language training programme adapted to the needs of lecturers wanting to teach in English: Teaching in English (TIE).
  • Consolidation of English language teaching by developing the use of English in parallel to learning in French : Students Learning in English (SLIE).
  • Creation of specific French language classes based on the model of “scientific French” language classes.
  • Enhancement of subject-specific programmes taught in English (and possible support) through the “teaching programme internationalization” bursary.
  • Support the development of double-degrees through its new Unit for Projects and Partnerships.
  • Assistance in procedures for the equivalence of credits
  • Increase awareness of lecturers and researchers in the opportunities of calls for tenders in different projects.

Driver 2 : Internationalise UCA research

These measures are designed as a complement to the many international actions undertaken by the laboratories themselves and their own research projects, as well as to the political support from the Head Research Office of UCA
UCA is committed to an offensive international research policy which is also supported by the Head International Relation Office of UCA. This political project is expressed as a will to:
  • Open-up international mobility to young researchers through a call for projects made together by the Head Research Office and the Head International Relation Office (centralized by the Head International Relation Office).
  • Take part in new projects which can be favourable to UCA alongside the main financial partners (Ministry, CNRS, EU, ANR, AUF…)
  • Develop joint supervision of theses
  • Enhance the presence of guest professors at UCA and run such a programme which is both flexible and encouraging for both schools and laboratories alike.
  • Develop common international roadmaps for teaching and research (modules in English in Phd Schools, classes in English in Phd Schools…, assistance for translation and proof-reading in English, together with English-language training for lecturers and researchers.
  • Assistance for the accreditation to the European HSR4R Unit (for better lecturer and researcher recruitment), with the nomination of a special officer.
  • Improvement in the hosting of foreign lecturers and researches by reinforcing the strategies of the Euraxess centre, which will be based under the responsibility of the Head International Relations Office in 2018.