IMT Atlantic continues its collaboration with 3 partner universities in Australia by hosting around fifteen students for a “summer school”. The latter, called Wasaa (Western Alliance for Scientific Actions with Australia), will be open until February 3 on the Brest campus of IMT Atlantique. “Australia is an important partner for the school. It is a country with which we have old ties. And it’s a very popular destination for our students,” emphasizes Stéphane Roy, Director of International Relations and Academic Partnerships at IMT Atlantique.
Who is the summer school for?
The summer school, Wasaa, is aimed at Australian students at bachelor or M1 level. On the program, courses (robotics, AI, human-machine interactions, virtual reality, etc.), conferences, company visits, but also cultural or sports activities.
Wasaa is led by a consortium bringing together 5 Breton institutions (ENIB, Ensta BrittanyUBO, UBS and IMT Atlantique)in connection with 3 universities in the Adelaide region of Australia (University of Adelaide, Flinders University and University of South Australia). On the financing side, the costs are divided between the French partners, the Australian universities and the students and offer the possibility of exchange semesters for French students.
Other projects and collaborations with Australia
In addition to the summer school, the cooperation is based on two other important projects:
- an international research laboratory, set up with the CNRS, Naval Group and the three universities of Adelaide. The objective: to offer teacher-researchers at IMT Atlantique the possibility of developing new opportunities for collaboration with the prospects of creating knowledge, training (joint doctorates, for example) and industrial research projects.
- a work program, focusing in particular on man/machine interconnection and autonomous objects, is currently being developed. Already, a dozen doctoral students are carrying out their thesis in partnership thanks to joint supervision agreements.
An international “Industry of the future” chair, associating the Brittany Region and the University of South Australia, has also been created. It is led by a teacher-researcher from IMT Atlantique, based in Brest. “It’s about making the link between the skills of IMT Atlantique and Australia. And, subsequently, to imagine new bilateral projects. Clearly, there are many complementarities between our institutions. For their part, the students are very motivated. And potential financing is not lacking », says Stéphane Roy. After a prospecting mission to Australia last November, the school will soon welcome a delegation of teacher-researchers from Adelaide.