Five Circle U. projects receive funding

Five projects have been selected by the Université Paris Cité Jury, which praised the quality of the proposals received. These projects involve eight of the alliance's universities, and for several of them, associated partners and students within the project team.

In February, Université Paris Cité launched a call for Circle U. projects funded by the Programme d'investissements d'avenir. The aim of this call was to strengthen collaboration between professors, researchers, students and administrative staff by initiating projects in training, research, educational innovation, research innovation, entrepreneurship and student life with partners in the Circle U. alliance and with our associated partners.

Circle U. Projects

Entrepreneurship internships in Circle U. 

Université Paris Cité, UCLouvain and the University of Aarhus, offer a system called "entrepreneurial internship". The aim is to enable students who develop an entrepreneurial project during their studies to transform the classic internship in a company into an internship focused on their own project. These internships will be carried out in incubators dedicated to student entrepreneurs under the supervision of a mentor or coach. Each partner proposes to identify one or more projects with high potential for international development and to allow the student entrepreneurs who carry this or these projects to spend a part of their entrepreneurial internship period in the incubators of the other two partners. This will allow these student entrepreneurs not only to test the internationalisation potential of their project, but also to benefit from cross-fertilisation between student entrepreneur projects established in different territories.

  • Project leader: Nicolas Loménie, Université Paris Cité
  • Universities of Circle U. involved: Université Paris Cité, UCLouvain, Aarhus University 

What can your city of the future look like?

This project brings together several Circle U. researchers, students and staff in citizen science, learning sciences, sustainability sciences and human-centred artificial intelligence (AI) to help citizens and students imagine what their city of the future could or should look like. The project aims to develop learning activities and materials using a variant of crea.visions, an AI-supported game designed to use technology to enable all players to create interesting, complex and beautiful images. The tools and accompanying materials will be used with participants in Aarhus, Belgrade and Paris. The results will be aggregated to create a collage of collective visions. Subsequently, the text will be synthesised into a publicly accessible report presenting the collective visions and wishes for the cities of the future.

  • Project leader: Dusan Misevic, Université Paris Cité (Learning Planet Institute)
  • Universities of Circle U. involved: Université Paris Cité (Learning Planet Institute), University of Belgrade, Aarhus University. 

The Paris Hackathon: Learning innovation by doing

At the end of October 2021, Université Paris Cité and UCLouvain organised a hackathon ( that challenged students to tackle the issue of burn-out in hospitals in a sustainable way. Following the very positive feedback on this "first landmark experience" for the students, a more pedagogically accomplished, longer cross-disciplinary project linking research and training and involving more Circle U. partners (Université Paris Cité, UCLouvain, the University of Oslo, Humboldt Universität, Aarhus University) will be set up. The main objective of the project is to co-design a learning path around innovation in an international and multidisciplinary context, while raising students' awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals and involving them in the co-design of the educational content. The semester-long hackaton will bring together international teams of students to solve a challenge that will be proposed in conjunction with extra-academic partners. The students will be able to develop their transferable skills: teamwork, leadership, intercultural understanding, critical thinking.

  • Initiator: Viktoria Nagy, Université Paris Cité
  • Universities of Circle U. involved: Université Paris Cité, UCLouvain, Aarhus University, University of Oslo, Humboldt Universität 

Global Health Pedagogy – Opportunities and Innovations

This project, which involves the nine universities and Chairs of Global Health, examines the pedagogical foundations of global health education. The project looks at how global health in all its forms (within medical education, medical humanities, humanitarian studies, etc.) is taught, with each institution having different and varied experience in this area. The project team will first gather information on the approaches used in teaching global health from the participating institutions, and then these will be discussed in four online workshops in which the institutions will be paired to present their different experiences, and a final face-to-face workshop in which the partners will distil the main lessons across the participating institutions. The findings and analysis of the project will result in a series of blogs, a good practice booklet and an academic paper, which will form the basis for further collaboration in this area, through capacity building within the network and beyond.

  • Project leader: Jean-Philippe Empana, Université Paris Cité 
  • Universities of Circle U. involved: Université Paris Cité, King's College London, UCLouvain, University of Aarhus, University of Oslo, Humboldt Universität, University of Belgrade, University of Pisa

Towards the creation of a Circle U. "Frontiers in Chemistry" Master's degree (CircleChem)

The aim is to create a European Master's programme in chemistry within the Circle U. Alliance. To achieve this goal, the first step is to increase the international mobility of students, academic and administrative staff involved in the Master programmes of Circle U. partners.  The objective of the CircleChem project is to provide the Board of Directors of the "Frontiers in Chemistry" Master's programme of Université Paris Cité (hereafter "Master Frontiers") with the financial means to meet in person with the Boards of Directors of the Bachelor's and Master of Science programmes of the other Circle U partners. The CircleChem project will strongly contribute to strengthening these already existing links by increasing the flow of bilateral exchanges between the Master Frontiers and its Circle U partners. 

  • Project leader: Giorgio Mattana, Université Paris Cité 
  • Universities of Circle U. involved: Université Paris Cité, UCLouvain, Aarhus University, University of Belgrade, University of Pisa

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Published June 28, 2022 1:25 PM - Last modified Aug. 25, 2022 1:16 PM