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SKEMA selected as digital research centre


UCA Digital Systems for Humans - the University Nice Sophia Antipolis, the CNRS, INRIA and SKEMA are among the selected university research centres receiving 13m euros.

Zakaria Babutsidze (pictured), director of SKEMA’s MSc Digital Business, will play an active role in building this University Research Centre (Ecole Universitaire de Recherche - E.U.R.)

With “UCA Digital Systems for Humans”, the University Côte d’Azur (UCA) will receive nearly 13 million euros, along with the CNRS, INRIA and SKEMA, to build a graduate school focused on the digital and its human aspects. SKEMA, particularly with the MSc Digital Business, will work on this collaborative interdisciplinary project with prestigious partners.

Around 20 universities and schools were selected by an international panel on Tuesday 24 October 2017, for these investments in the future. 216 million euros will be allocated over 10 years to the 29 projects of the selected EUR (Ecoles Universitaires de Recherche). Each project has a different theme and “UCA Digital Systems for Humans” from the University Côte d’Azur is one of the EUR selected by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation and the General Commission for Investment.

The idea is to develop the “graduate school” model in France by associating masters and doctoral training with one or several high-level research labs”, points out the Ministry of higher education and research. This funding should enable the chosen institutions to “increase the international attractiveness of their research and training.” 

"The project must be finalised in the first quarter of 2018 with the first students in September 2018. Transforming the programme into a graduate school will take a few years", says Johan Montagnat, head of the chosen EUR. 

"The project will strengthen teaching and the research potential of SKEMA in the digital domain. From the teaching point of view, the project will collaborate closely with the MSc Digital Business to maximise SKEMA’s impact on the local environment. In this project, SKEMA students will be able to acquire extra expertise in digital law, economics or engineering. The EUR will also boost research on the social impact of digital systems, whether these are digital communication, automatisation etc. Overall, this project is vital to integrate SKEMA into the UCA structure as a key player in big data management, artificial intelligence and other digital system developments," says Zakaria Babutsidze who directs the MSc Digital Business on SKEMA’s Sophia-Antipolis campus. 

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