Consortium d’Etablissements Français d’Enseignement Supérieur et de Recherche pour le développement de l’USTH

The programs

The ARCUS project covers a wide thematic spectrum which combines  mathematics, human and social sciences with multidisciplinary topics taking  onboard the technological, economic and societal challenges of today’s Vietnam : Information and communication sciences and technologies; material sciences and nanotechnologies; renewable; water, environment and oceanography.

The project is backed by two regions whose university strength is further enhanced by a fruiftul past and present cooperation with Vietnam. The scope of the project has been defined with a view to develop:

  • Long-lasting cooperations which are already part of well-structured schemes such as  PUF or PFIEV.
  • More recent or new collaborations related to innovative projects such as the creation of  USTH in Hanoï.

The goal of the ARCUS project is to ensure and strengthen consistent links between past and present experiences and activities. To achieve this goal, the new master’s degree programs must be designed in close connection with the already existing programs. As far as research and PhD programs are concerned, the aim is to gain momentum and to structure the existing partnership between France and Vietnam thanks to the creation of Joint International Research Units and Doctoral schools.

More generally, ARCUS is a valuable tool to further develop the relations between French and Vietnamese universities. The commitment of two different regions and of many institutions testifies to this far reaching ambition. Other regions will be invited to join with a view to support USTH activities and in so doing to pave the way for the  major  breakthrough  of  Vietnam in meeting the international university standards and conversely to derive benefit from the dynamics and  strength of Vietnamese students and  researchers.

The Erasmus Mundus Maheva (Man Health Environment, Biodiversity Asia) project accepted  by the EU in 2010 facilitates the mobility of  BMD  students  in Europe thanks to  a scholarships scheme. Under the leadership of Montpellier 2 University, the project gathers 9 partner universities in the European Union and 10 higher education institutions in Asian countries, among which USTH in Vietnam.