PIA 3 - TIGER Project

PIA 3 Action 3.1 " Grandes Universités de Recherche " - AAP SFRI " Structuring training through research in Idex " : TIGER Project " Transform and Innovate in Graduate Education with Research " 23 000 000€ for 9 years (started on 22/06/2020)

Aix-Marseille University (AMU), the largest French-speaking university in the world in terms of student numbers, was created in 2012. Since then, with the support of its A*Midex excellence initiative conducted with its partners at the Aix-Marseille site, it has been rapidly progressing towards its ambition to become one of the best interdisciplinary universities in the world. At the same time, it has gained local recognition and is now considered a must by socio-economic players in the metropolis and beyond. This dynamic has benefited the university community in its various disciplines, thanks to the A*Midex calls for projects and several other projects obtained at national or European level.

The most recent and symbolic of these successes is the European University CIVIS which combines AMU with 7 other European Universities and opens new opportunities for our community. As far as teaching is concerned, the A*Midex Academy of Excellence programme and the transforming projects obtained via the Future Investment Programme (Convergence Institutes, University Research Schools...) or the EU (EMJMD, CoFund...) aim to strengthen M and D level training by relying on cutting-edge research. In 2019, in order to go further and make better use of its research potential to improve its training offer, AMU, together with its A*Midex partners, has created 13 new interdisciplinary research and training institutes. Conceived as spearheading the structural transformation of the training-research link in the best and most promising scientific fields on the site, they currently bring together a third of the students enrolled in M and D.

Presented in response to the SFRI call for projects, TIGER (Transforming and Innovating Graduate Education through Research) is the cornerstone and accelerator of this transformation strategy, based on institutes and articulated around 3 axes aimed at:

  • Introduce more of our M & D students to research to ensure more effective training and the acquisition of new skills,
  • Increase their international experience (through mobility and an integrated approach to the internationalisation of curricula),
  • Multiply their opportunities to work with and learn from actors in the socio-economic world.
  • To achieve these objectives, TIGER will draw up common specifications based on a reinforced link between training and research, a skills-based approach and experiential learning through active training of students by researchers, companies and internationally, and a better coherence of student career paths according to their professional and training projects, as well as societal challenges. More demanding recruitment processes and a reinforced quality approach will also be put in place.

TIGER will be deployed in 3 phases, starting with a small number of pioneering courses within the institutes. These programs will draw up their own roadmap for transformation, and will commit themselves to a contract of objectives and means, before being evaluated and then labeled "TIGER". Financial and administrative support will be provided to the pioneering pedagogical teams, to facilitate and encourage the participation of teachers in the transformation and to better value the involvement of researchers in these training courses. In a second phase in 2023, at the time of the new accreditation of the training offer and the extension of the DREAM-U undergraduate transformation program, TIGER will be expanded to include twice as many Masters and their associated doctoral programs. Finally, after the mid-term evaluation, TIGER will be generalized to the major part of our graduate offer and its features will become standard for our Master and PhD students.

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TIGER Project
Transform and Innovate in Graduate Education with Research
Structuring training through research in Idex