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France’s University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis a new partner for AIT

AIT has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to pursue partnership for multifaceted academic and research exchange with the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (UNS) in France.

France’s University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis a new partner for AIT

Prof. Philippe Gourbesville (left) with President Irandoust

At a ceremony held on 28 October 2009, Prof. Philippe Gourbesville, Director of Polytech’Nice Sophia Antipolis, the Engineering School of the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, signed the MoU on behalf of Professor Albert Marouani, President of UNS, with the President of the Asian Institute of Technology, Prof. Said Irandoust.
The two institutions seek to promote academic cooperation by encouraging direct contact and exchange in a number of areas. “We are delighted to enter into such a mutually beneficial agreement that opens the doors to many possibilities for collaboration,” Prof. Gourbesville said, at the signing ceremony at AIT.
Specific activities planned under the MoU include a double degree program leading to masters and doctoral degrees, student exchanges, joint doctoral research and development, and the exchange of faculty and staff. The deal will also allow for academic visits, the exchange of scholars to participate in conferences, symposia and seminars, and the exchange of curriculum materials, and research and R&D information in fields of interest to both institutions.
According to a 2008 ranking of world universities conducted by Jiao-tong University in Shanghai, UNS ranked between 18th and 23rd place among French institutions of higher education. It is also currently ranked 311th in the "Ranking Web of World Universities" (third place in France) based on the volume and quality of its electronic publications.
Commenting on UNU’s core strengths in computer science, and information technologies and electronics science, the Dean of AIT’s School of Engineering and Technology, Prof. Nitin Afzulpurkar, said the link-up with UNS would be good for AIT. “It’s a very mutually beneficial fit since both institutions are very strong in IT,” he said.
Preparations are now ongoing towards the completion of a memorandum of agreement (MoA), which officials of both partners expect to be signed in the near future.
About the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (UNS) 
The University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (UNS) www.unice.fr is the second largest multidisciplinary university in France with 25,000 students, and is a higher education institution strongly committed to international co-operation. It was founded in 1965 and is organized in eight faculties, two autonomous institutes and an engineering school: Polytech’Nice-Sophia. The university is dispersed over three main historic campuses: the Valrose campus (Sciences), the Trotabas campus (Law, Economics and Management) and the Carlone campus (Letters, Arts and Humanities). The university operates on several secondary locations such as the new Saint-Jean d'Angely campus in Nice, and Sophia Antipolis or Villefranche-sur-Mer outside of Nice in southern France.

The MoU signing ceremony was witnessed by AIT senior administration officials, faculty and representatives of the Embassy of France in Thailand.