Scientific visit of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill [fr]
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- Left to right: Melissa McMurray, International Liaison Officer, UNC Global; Valérie Trentesaux, Sandra Jean, John Stephens and Sarah Hutchison
On March 30, 2017, Valérie Trentesaux, Scientific Attache and Sandra Jean, Deputy Attache visited University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill made their first official visit to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in order to meet with faculty and researchers and explore partnerships between UNC and French institutions
They first met scientists from the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s faculty. The researchers underlined their collaborations with the “Institut Pasteur” and the “Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique” and expressed their wish to reinforce their cooperation with the Institut Pasteur.
The Director of Continental Europe Programs presented the many exchange programs with France managed by the Study Abroad Office in the College of Arts and Sciences. The University of North Carolina offers around 12 different programs to study in France in universities such as Grenoble, Montpellier and Reims.
Lunch was the opportunity to discuss with the Center for European Studies’ Director and the Associate Director of the TransAtlantic Masters Program the Center’s role in promoting teaching and research related to contemporary Europe and highlight the involvement of French institutions, such as the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.
A meeting with faculty members working closely with France allowed them to establish which French institutions are collaborating with the University of North Carolina. Trentesaux presented the exchanges and funding programs offered by the Office for Science and Technology of the French Embassy in the United States.
They ended their visit by meeting with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research who gave them an overview of University of North Carolina’s portfolio and resources provided by the Office to promote research. Indeed, this university is the 11th in research activity among the nation’s public and private universities and in 2015, $967 million was attributed to research.
This fruitful visit allowed Trentesaux and Jean to meet numerous excellent scientists from various research areas. They witnessed the strong connections between the University of North Carolina and French research. Their objective now is to further this dynamic.