04 NOV 2019

The week of October 28th was the occasion for President Jean Chambaz and Vice President of International Development, Serge Fdida, to establish a new strategic partnership with the University of Sydney and participate in two international university summits.

The Sydney Summit started off the week. This annual meeting brought together the 20 partners of Sydney University, including some of Sorbonne University’s partner’s, such as UC Davis and the University of Copenhagen. This year, the Summit focused on how universities can collaborate to drive progress in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. President Jean Chambaz participated in the Partnering for Change session; presenting the 4EU+ Alliance and discussing how to maximize the impact of strategic partnerships, ensure funding, and foster change through international collaboration among universities. Vice President Serge Fdida was asked to speak on working with industry, and specifically on how to build partnerships that are win-win while also having a positive impact on society. During the summit, potential topics of cooperation were discussed.

“The shared vision illustrated during the discussion with colleagues from the University of Sydney confirms the value of developing a strategic partnership on focused topics,” said President Chambaz.

Jean Chambaz and Michael Spence
Jean Chambaz and Michael Spence

For the culmination of their trip, they signed a strategic partnership agreement with Vice Chancellor Spence of the University of Sydney in the presence of H.E. Christophe Penot, the French Ambassador to Australia. A joint workshop will be held in Sydney this coming March. 
The Group of Eight, which is made up of Australia’s research-intensive universities, held its Summit in the same week, which was focused on Artificial Intelligence. As both the President of Sorbonne University and the Chair of LERU, Prof. Jean Chambaz was asked to deliver a keynote speech, where he discussed the development and impacts of AI in Europe and in France. 

“The discussions with the Group of Eight was an opportunity to emphasize the role of research universities that are involved in the development of AI in both Europe and Australia,” said President Chambaz.