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A word from the President

Jean-Marc Gambaudo
Jean-Marc Gambaudo
The Université Côte d'Azur is the product of the collective desires and ambitions of the major institutions of higher education and research of our region. Our goal is as simple as it is ambitious: to create, together, a new university, giving rise to a dynamic and powerful concentration of science, technology, art, and innovation, all within an exceptional territory.

While our objective is simple, the challenges that we must overcome to build this new university are numerous:
  • break down barriers and create new interactions between disciplines, to create the transdisciplinary approach that is necessary to face the major scientific and social challenges of tomorrow;
  • invent a new form of coordination between research, teaching, and innovation that will open up new possibilities for our students;
  • define a new partnership between the public and private sectors within the Côte d'Azur region;
  • construct an active collaboration with local authorities, to ensure that all regional actors are working together towards the same goals;
  • establish a new type of partnership with companies, based on a greater sharing of resources and a convergence in our objectives;
  • project this new university model at the international level, to place the UCA at the heart of a dense global network that will allow us to attract the best students, recruit the most active and innovative researchers and teachers, and create the most attractive training programs.
Another major challenge will be to construct a truly common identity for our new university, building on the richness provided by the diversity of its members. As the first President of the University of the Côte d'Azur, I am proud of the trust that my colleagues have placed in me, focused on the work that lies ahead of us, and, above all, thrilled to be participating in this adventure that many of us have been waiting for with impatience and that we finally have the opportunity to pursue.

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The governance of the Université Côte d’Azur

Council of Members

The Université Côte d'Azur is first of all endowed with a council of members. The leaders of each of the thirteen members of the Community of Universities and Institutions (COMUE) sit on this council. The council of members decides on directions and decisions to be taken for the development of the Université Côte d'Azur and its IDEX program.

Executive Board 

The Executive Board of the Université Côte d'Azur is composed of the thirteen members plus elected members and external representatives.

The Executive Board elects a president to guide the Université Côte d'Azur in its future direction. Jean-Marc Gambaudo was elected President of the Université Côte d’Azur on the 25 September 2015. An office is formed around the president for the management and the overall direction of the IDEX program.

The Executive Board of the Université Côte d'Azur has an international strategic committee composed of internationally renowned external representatives to expand the international profile of the Université Côte d'Azur.

Academic Council

The indirectly elected academic council has an advisory role to the Executive Board: it issues recommendations for projects that are shared by the members, particularly in research, training, scientific documentation and dissemination of scientific, technical and industrial knowledge.

The Executive Board makes decisions based on these recommendations.