Combining Pragmatism & Passion: Singapore & France Internationalise their Research

Abstract

The Université Sorbonne Paris Cité (USPC), a French university consortium, and the National University of Singapore (NUS) have launched the USPC-NUS programme in order to foster new collaborations in research and teaching between France and Singapore.  
This successful programme was promoted by one member of the cluster (Sciences Po) and progressively allowed the other eight members to collaborate in all disciplines, implementing new models of cooperation to internationalise their research and teaching activities. 
As part of the 2018 France-Singapore Year of Innovation, USPC-NUS is focusing in tackling some of the challenges brought by the Fourth Industrial Revolution: how to deal with artificial intelligence, the IoT, nanotechnologies and energy storage, without dismissing the role played by humans to succeed in this type of cooperation.  
We will present some of the lessons learned through this partnership in which two very different university systems and research cultures combined (pragmatism vs. passion) were able to produce outstanding results. We will also demonstrate that internationalisation plays a great role in fostering interdisciplinarity and collaboration between institutions even at the national level (French institutions that have never worked together at the national level started to collaborate thanks to the partnership at the cluster level with NUS).