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Three graduate schools project

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The University of Angers (UA) (23 000 students) has decided to apply with the call for proposals “Ecoles Universitaires de Recherche” (EUR) with 3 projects that are distinctive of its research and education activities at the inter-regional (University Bretagne-Loire), national and international levels: Horticulture and Seed Science (GenHSee), Molecular Materials for Organic Electronics/ Photonics (LUMOMAT) and Tourism (TFT). This strategy is fully consistent with the strategic directions of the University Bretagne-Loire that aim at increasing the exposure of each partner institution with this federation of universities and the recommendations of the Strategic Direction Committee to increase worldwide attractiveness for students and researchers. 

1/ Graduate School Tourism for Tomorrow

The Graduate School Tourism for Tomorrow (TFT) aspires to make the site in Angers the French and European leader in training in and through tourism research, by training people with excellent profiles capable of understanding the complexity of the transformations at work in the world of tourism: a growing access to mass tourism of societies in so-called emerging countries, a diversification of tourism practices coupled with a renewal of tourism through its penetration into new fields (culture, the arts, heritage) and in a more cross-cutting way, an evolution of tourism related to societal values such as sustainable development.

The originality of the Tourism for Tomorrow project lies above all in its resolutely transdisciplinary scientific approach, combining contributions from the four disciplines generally solicited in tourism studies (Geography, Management Sciences, Sociology, Economics), enriched with concepts proper to other disciplines that are rarely called upon in the teaching and research of tourism (Mathematics, Psychology, IT, Health Sciences).

By offering in Angers high-level selective training, adapted to a variety of audiences (French and foreign students, professionals, people returning to studies) ESTHUA aspires to build an innovative French- style Graduate School, training in and through research. Embodied in the Master’s-Doctorate programme, the doctorate of which will be centered on tourism studies – based on the tourism studies model institutionalized in the Anglo-Saxon world 

2/ Graduate school horticulture and seed (GenHSee)

The aim of the GenHSee project is to profile Angers as a renowned European reference for research and training in Horticulture and Seeds within 10 years. It will address both the research and educational challenges by filling knowledge gaps on horticulture and seedsand providing a new generation of leading scientists fully trained in a multidisciplinary, inter-sectoral manner.

Located in Angers, the GenHSee consortium is based in the heart of a major horticulture and seed production basin. It relies on a collective mobilization of economic actors of horticulture and seed companies, the local authorities of the territory and higher education and research institutions with track-record excellence in research focusing on quality and health of horticultural crops and seeds. With 410 researchers, including 185 permanent scientists, Angers is the first research centre in France on horticulture and seed sciences.

3/ Graduate school LUMOMAT

The LUMOMAT graduate schools (LUmière MOlécule MATériaux: Light, Molecule, Materials) project is proposed by four joint CNRS-University laboratories (MOLTECH-Anjou, CEISAM, IMN, IMMM), which belong to three different Universities (Univ. of Angers, Univ. of Nantes, Univ. du Maine - Le Mans) and encompasses all the key strengths of chemical sciences in the regional perimeter (Région Pays de la Loire). The LUMOMAT Graduate school aims at unprecedented developments in the field of the molecular materials for organic electronics and photonics, using the tools offered by chemistry. More precisely, this Graduate school is scientifically focused on three major application fields:

  • materials for energy, which notably covers organic photovoltaics, dye-sensitized solar cells, (hybrid) perovskite solar cells, artificial photosynthesis and light-emitting diodes;
  • materials for health and environment, including the development of new probes and sensors for medicinal applications;
  • information storage, nanostructured systems and imaging using photon-working devices based on photochromic, electrochromic and mechanochromic compounds

These fields are all related to industrially relevant applications that are expected to widely expand during the next decade. 

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Word from the research Vice President

"To reach this goal, UA possesses numerous assets: long-term support from national research institutes (INRA and CNRS), institutional culture to promote professional integration of students and continuing education, one of the highest graduation rates for bachelors in France, a range of pedagogical innovations and long-term partnerships with the industry and neighbouring universities (Nantes and Le Mans). " explains Philippe Simoneau.