International

International reach

Creation of three outposts of the University

Objective: to ensure the promotion of the Federal University and increase the flow of students and researchers to the site
Beneficiaries: target counties namely China, Brazil and Indonesia
Content: creation of pioneer outposts with the task of developing new partnerships, strengthening mobility (incoming and outgoing) and opening up Federal University courses on the site
Contact: laurent [dot] grosclaudeatuniv-toulouse [dot] fr

 

Brazil

China

Indonesia

Toul'Box

Toul’Box is a new system to support French and international students and researchers from the preparation of their stay until they settle in. Toul’Box has been operational at Toulouse since 24 June 2014 and since then at Albi and Tarbes. This service is intended for all students and researchers entering one of the member establishments of the Federal University of Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées.

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Services offered by Toul’Box are subdivided into theme-based packages. Some are free of charge, while others are services must be paid for. They cover migration and administrative procedures, housing assistance, language training, induction and cultural integration procedures.

For example, students or researchers may choose to have an introductory meeting with the Toul'Box team in order to take stock of their situation on arrival and receive guidance on the remaining procedures they will have to follow. They can also go much further by entrusting the Toul'Box team to organise all matters related to their arrival: booking accommodation, opening a bank account, airport transfer, guided tour of the city, etc.

With the help of its numerous partners, Toul'Box provides its students and researchers with the benefit of reduced prices (reduced rent, exemption from administrative fees, additional services, etc.). In addition, the Toul'Box team speaks a number of foreign languages (English, Spanish, Russian, Uzbek, etc.). This helps students and researchers to feel at home and to get their bearings more easily.

It offers a broad modular set of services ranging from merely providing information to conducting procedures in advance. In this way, Toul'Box provides support for students and researchers throughout their stay.

  • Before the person’s stay: information database (culture, leisure, habits and customs, map and videos of the city, budget for everyday expenditure, guidance in the choice of certificate, contacts with student associations, etc.), preparing administrative procedures (opening a bank account, subscribing to health insurance and, for those who arrive with their families: help in finding a day nursery or child minder, etc.), guidance for finding accommodation, booking temporary or long-term accommodation (with the related formalities and assistance: guarantees to cover unpaid rent, financial assistance for moving in, documentation for CAF (the family allowance fund), taking out insurance on the person's dwelling, etc.), information on the rights of foreigners.
  • On arrival: students and researchers are provided with an arrival kit (Pastel Tisséo pre-paid public transport season ticket in the student's or researcher's name, a student map of Toulouse and a Pratique Ariane practical guide). Personal transfers are also available from the airport or rail station.
  • During the first few days of the person's stay: an individual interview with a Toul'Box operator to finalise administrative formalities and provide answers to various questions, making an appointment for a medical examination at the OFII (French immigration and integration office) for holders of a VLS-TS (residence permit or long-stay visa), booking a guided tour of Toulouse and invitations to various cultural events.
  • Throughout the person's stay: practical information, support in migration procedures (long-stay visa renewal) or in connection with accommodation, theme-based workshops, intercultural encounters and language courses.

Further information on this programme is available at: toulboxatuniv-toulouse [dot] fr

 

 

Europe+ Unit

The Europe+ Unit was established at the beginning of 2014 for the purposes of increasing the number of European training and research project applications by teams on the academic site. The four main activities conducted by the Europe+ Unit are as follows:

  • looking out for and disseminating calls for projects;
  • support for setting up projects;
  • training;
  • developing partnerships.

These activities fall within the academic site strategy logic on European issues, discussed during three meetings with staff at the offices of Research and Postgraduate Study and International Relations departments of the European Union Affairs Commission (EUACOM) and during the project drafting process.

Looking out for European projects

The Europe + Unit website is the main channel for disseminating information on calls for European projects, with more than 600 information sheets describing project funding lines. A search engine can be used to identify a call for projects by key word, theme or requirement.

In addition, 407 personnel have subscribed to bi-monthly theme-based newsletters, which accounts for almost 1,100 newsletters being sent for each edition (most recipients have subscribed to several newsletters) . The themes are as follows:

  • Aeronautics and Space
  •  Agronomics, Agriculture and Food
  • Biology and Biotechnology;
  • Energy
  • Environment, Climate and Oceans
  • Human Health
  • Engineering Science
  • Social and Human Sciences
  • Information and Communication Technology

Moreover, "Open Day" type information events have been organised regularly. The Europe+ Unit and its local network of Europe correspondents are described in the introduction. One of them, organised as part of Action 1 "training and networking" under the POCTEFA EBRoS 2020 project, received 178 subscriptions and covered all funding opportunities for bio-economics; energy, environment and climate; nanoscience, materials science, further education and training; health, demographics and ageing; human and social sciences; information and communication technology in the form of workshops for discussion with National Contact Points, small and medium-sized enterprises and project initiators (20 June 2014).

In addition to these tools, research lecturers can search for particular skills from the Europe+ Unit by filling in a form, benefiting in this way from a customised search tailored to their international funding needs: Eleven application forms have been filled in (not including informal requests).

During the summer of 2015, meetings were held with IDEX research funding recipients from the 2013 funding round to provide them with information on European funding opportunities relevant to their area of research. In the same spirit, meetings are organised in laboratories to present a selection of Horizon 2020 funding lines linked to laboratory research activities.

Support system for setting up European projects

The Europ'box system was designed to provide teaching and research teams with support in setting up European projects.

Operational since April 2015, three project applications that benefited from the system were submitted in 2015. One of these projects, with a budget of €3.5 million, was approved by the European Commission under a project funding line for which the success rate is less than 7%. Other projects are currently being assessed.

Five other projects (three European training networks and two research and innovation actions) are currently receiving support with a view to submitting applications in 2016.

Training

Two training events were organised for researchers and research lecturers on the academic site:

  • "How to Write a Competitive Proposal by 2020" (15 April 2015): delivered from the Toulouse site by Sean McCarthy (Hyperion). A total of 139 people enrolled for this training course, which was disseminated in real time among partner universities of the cross-border EBRoS campus (see below).
  • Distance learning "How to write a European Research Council (ERC) Grant Proposal" (7 May 2015): organised by the University of Navarre, this course enabled 27 research lecturers to be trained on European Research Council scholarships.

Other topics of interest to research teams will be dealt with during 2016, in particular research data management.

Training is also being organised for the administrative staff of member establishments and associates on setting up, managing and steering Horizon 2020 projects.

Developing partnerships

The Europe+ Unit develops partnerships with numerous stakeholders. The Regional Council, Toulouse Métropole, the Midi-Pyrénées Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Madeeli agency, the Aerospace Valley Centres of Excellence, Agri Sud Ouest Innovation, CBS and DERBI are priority local contacts for the Europe+ Unit. The resulting interaction enables work on specific projects (e.g. "Smart and sustainable cities" with Toulouse Métropole) or on more cross-cutting projects (e.g. information on European funding or synergy between funding sources, jointly with the Regional Council).

Local level: establishing and coordinating the European Project Coordinator Network in Toulouse

The RECET network, comprising a research section and a training section, has 60 subscribers. Through four annual meetings and a common email address, regular discussions can take place on current European events and laboratory activities while local stakeholders such as Science Animation Midi-Pyrénées or the initiator of ESOF 2018 can be presented.

National level: representation of the Conference of University Presidents (CUP) in Brussels

In addition to participation in the meetings of Europe correspondents of the CUP in Brussels, links were strengthened by coordinating the working group on synergy between European funds (structural funds, Horizon 2020 and Erasmus + in particular).

A seminar on the European and International development of universities held on 16 September 2014 was a good opportunity to discuss European issues with university presidents and local stakeholders (Regional Council, Toulouse Metropolis, competitive clusters, etc.). This discussion was based on data from European research and training projects obtained during the 2007-2013 period.

Cross-border level: EBRoS cross-border campus

The EBRoS cross-border campus brings together the Federal University of Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées, the Iberus campus of excellence (which itself unites the University of Saragossa, the Public University of Navarre and the Universities of Lleida and La Rioja) and the University of Pau and the Pays de l'Adour. This activity supports scientific collaboration, project creation as well as student and personnel mobility in three priority areas:

  • materials and technologies to enhance the quality of life in the areas of health and energy/environment;
  • food processing and nutrition;
  • heritage, memory and identities.

Interreg POCTEFA provided financial support for these activities, particularly the organisation of a scientific seminar with 65 participants entitled "Long Term Socio-Ecological Research Site: Pyrénées-Ebro-Garonne" (8-9 April 2015). The purpose is to extend the area of the PYGAR workshop affiliated to the CNRS (National Scientific Research Centre) National Energy and Environment Institute in the cross-border area. More than 70 participants attended the event.

European level: Vision 2020: the Horizon Network

Member establishments of the Federal University decided to join the Vision 2020 Network for lobbying and project creation purposes. Apart from the participation in thematic clusters that should be introduced in 2016, we intend to start and coordinate a "Space" cluster.

Mobility of students and research lecturers

STUDY PROGRAMME IN CHINA

Since the project was started, 43 scholarships have been granted to students from different academic backgrounds. This funding gave them opportunities for mobility for one term or a full year between September 2014 and July 2016.

LANGUAGE COURSES  

The Federal University offers language training in French as a Foreign Language (FFL) and in Modern Foreign Languages (MFL)

Full information about the language training offering is available at: http://www.univ-toulouse.fr/formation/perfectionnement-en-langues

During the 2014-2015 period 350 students enrolled for MFL and 435 enrolled in FFL

MASTERS COURSE IN ENGLISH

Purpose: to support and facilitate the opening of English language training in order to attract non-French speaking students

Beneficiaries: lecturers

Content: initiating new Masters level English language training. 

Contact: cecilia [dot] gunnarssonatuniv-toulouse [dot] fr

 

Under this call for projects, six Masters degrees taught in English have been introduced since 2014:

Rights of Foreign Nationals

Resource Centre on the Rights of Foreign Nationals

  • The Resource Centre on the Rights of Foreign Nationals at the Federal University of Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées was established in 2011 for the main purpose of centralising and disseminating information on the rights of foreign nationals (students and researchers). A document resource database is available for all in French and in English on the Toul'Box website.
  • The Resource Centre also initiates information meetings and publishes newsletters for personnel in the member establishments of the Federal University of Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées and for international students and researchers.
  • The Centre also acts as an interface for migration regulations issues with the Prefecture of the Department of Haute-Garonne, the Midi-Pyrénées OFII (immigration and integration office), the Prefecture of the Department of Tarn, the Midi-Pyrénées DIRECCTE (regional department of companies, competition, consumption, labour and employment) and Campus France.

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Communication

The Federal University has established communication tools to promote its training courses and its research among students, research lecturers and their international institutional counterparts:

"Training and Research" brochure:

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