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Three open days to make the SophiaTech Campus more attractive in the eyes of students across the Mediterranean basin

For the last twenty years or so in France, it has become increasingly difficult to attract young people to study sciences and to do PhD. In Sophia Antipolis, the key players in higher education and research are joining forces to give their activities greater visibility. Supported by partnerships with foreign universities, they hope to attract new talented students to their courses and laboratories.

From 18 to 20 February, the SophiaTech Campus hold the third edition of its "Mediterranean Student Days" to inform young students from across the Mediterranean basin of the educational and research opportunities offered on  the campus. The event was coordinated and financed by UCN@sophia Labex, Inria, I3S (CNRS-UNS) and LEAT (CNRS-UNS). It was also supported by the ICST doctoral school and the French Institute in Greece. In collaboration with the partner universities and schools, thirty-five students from Italy, Greece, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey and Spain were selected on the basis of their excellent results. They spent three days finding out about the exciting range of education, research and innovation opportunities available at the Sophia Antipolis technology park. These students will become “ambassadors” back in their countries to promote the Campus. For most of them, this was the first time they left their home country.

The Student Days are intended to enable these foreign students at Masters I level to find out about the different study programs and research opportunities offered on the campus. The event was focused on information sharing and making direct contacts: researchers from the various institutes based in the campus came to meet the students and present their research subjects. Presentations of the master 2 tracks were introduced. Former students were invited to share their pathways and experiences. A talk was also given on the possibilities to join companies or to create spin offs via the Paca Est Incubator. The campus SophiaTech hope that like for the two former editions of the Mediterranean days many students will join the Campus.

Located at the very heart of Sophia Antipolis, Europe's leading technology park, the SophiaTech campus is an university and research hub dedicated to information and communication technology. By means of this initiative, the campus is pursuing its drive to develop synergies and exchanges between all the key players based on the site and thus enhances the attractiveness and international notoriety of our technology park.

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