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Higher education student and staff mobility project
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: Sep 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The strength of our international strategy is based on the quality of both our research partners and our international degree programs. UPMC attracts many international students, which is enriching for our French students, and encourages broader perspectives of global challenges. As part of the Sorbonne University group, UPMC is developing an international policy in countries that have superior research and emerging economies based on long-term institutional partnerships with leading universities, business partners, communities and cultural institutions. Focused in the strategic regions of the world that have been identified by Sorbonne University, these multi-disciplinary partnerships include research, education and innovation, with the following specific goals: - Design increasingly international degree programs, including structured exchanges with partners (Erasmus+, Double Degrees). - Develop bilingual degree programs, which will not only encourage fluency in English, but also proficiency in other languages, enabling access to the culture of partner countries - Stimulate exchanges between professors and researchers, both within Europe and at an international scale. - Engage in specific European and international networks - Implement multidisciplinary projects particularly with partners in emerging, developing and francophone countries. Under the framework of the Five-Year Agreement for 2009-2013 involving the Ministry of Education and UPMC, 25 International exchange programs have been created for both Bachelor and Master degrees, in order to reinforce mobility within our academic network. The strategy adopted by our university within the 2014-2018 agreement is to strengthen outgoing student mobility by integrating study placements abroad or internships in the actual study program and to encourage the development of international degrees through the participation of foreign lecturers. During 2014-2015, 144 students were part of the Erasmus+ program : - 57 Bachelor degree students, 86 Master degree students and 1 Doctoral degree - 34 students completed an internship, whereas 110 students took courses abroad - 84 female students and 64 male students The distribution of the exchange students among the UPMC training departments as follows: Chemistry 17 Earth Sciences 12 Electronics 7 Informatics 1 Life Sciences 34 Mathematics 12 Mechanics 25 Medicine 8 Physics 17 School of Engineering 11 TOTAL 144 Despite the difficult economic circumstances, mobility within Europe is relatively stable from one year to another (144 students in 2014/2015 and 136 in 2013/2014). International experience acquired through studies abroad or internships that are fully integrated in the study program is extremely valuable on the job market. There was no registered staff mobility in 2015-2016 due to involvement of our academic staff in the redesign of our Bachelor program. The newly restructured program now offers the possibility to adopt a Major and Minor degree, which should facilitate both incoming and outgoing student mobility in the future. During previous years, staff exchange was relatively low, 0 in 2014/2015 and 4 in 2013/2014. The principle reason for this low participation is because our staff are able to go abroad in the framework of their research and training partnerships, which often cover all costs of the mobility. Staff mobility should be stimulated under the Erasmus+ framework in order to support innovative educational activities especially those which have been developed for the Bachelor degree. Training mobility for UPMC staff has also been continued through 3 exchanges during 2015/2016 (3 in 2014/2015, 2 in 2013/2014). It is not only a constantly developing tendency, but also an extremely efficient program in terms of continuous training, professional exchange and good practice. It is therefore strongly recommended to encourage this type of mobility as it contributes directly to the internationalization of our Institution.
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