Founded in the 16th century, the University of Strasbourg (UNISTRA) has a long history of excellence in higher education, rooted in Renaissance humanism. It offers a broad range of degree programmes and trainings in major academic disciplines: Arts, Literature, Languages, Law, Economics, Management, Political and Social Sciences, Humanities, Science, Technology and Health. Since 2010-2011, the student population at the University of Strasbourg has been constantly increasing: 46 627 students enrolled for the academic year 2014-2015. UNISTRA also attracts more and more international students, who represent about 20% of the student population. The university is committed to promoting student mobility and has over 400 partner institutions in Europe and 175 in the rest of the world. It is a founding member of the European Campus (EUCOR) and the League of European Research Universities (LERU). UNISTRA belongs to several international academic consortia (e.g. the Franco-German University, Utrecht Network, AC21) and offers 60 international degrees in partnership with universities around the world. UNISTRA represents also an important resource in research and has 72 research units encompassing all disciplinary fields. It hosts centres of excellence in biology, biotechnology, medicine, chemistry and material physics, and also actively participates in the development of social sciences and humanities.
In the MEDSOL project, UNISTRA is represented by the European School of Chemistry, Polymers and Materials of Strasbourg (ECPM). ECPM is a part of the University of Strasbourg, recognized internationally for its research in chemistry (16th in this subject in the 2013 Shanghai Ranking – 2 recent Nobel Prize winners: Jean-Marie Lehn in 1987 and Martin Karplus in 2013) and a recipient of the “Excellence Initiative” award. The ECPM is a member of the Gay-Lussac Federation (FGL), which brings together 20 French schools of chemistry and chemical engineering, as well as the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles (CGE), which represents over 200 engineering schools. It is also involved locally in Alsace Tech, a network of engineering schools, business schools and schools of architecture in Alsace. The ECPM is also a member of the Conference of the Directors of French Engineering Schools (CDEFI) and the Engineer Training Studies Committee (CEFI). The ECPM’s mission is to transform students over a threeyear programme into trilingual chemists equipped with the practical training required by the chemical industries, and in particular the fields of health, the environment, sustainable development, energy and emerging materials.
The University of Strasbourg will act as the Project Coordinator and assure the overall project management. The Project Coordinator will represent the project partners towards the European Commission and bear the financial and legal responsibility for the proper operational, administrative and financial implementation of the entire project. This implies the oversight of all project activities, meetings, and the timely submission of reports, deliverables and milestones. Administrative staff will be engaged to ensure that the project will be managed in an appropriate and efficient way to achieve the project goals within the expected timeframe and budget, identify risks or conflict situations in due time and allow a maximum transparency inside the consortium and towards the European Commission.
As for the effective work within the MEDSOL project, the University of Strasbourg, through its department ECPM (Ecole Européene de Chimie et des Polymères de Strasbourg) running a Master degree on Materials and nanosciences for energy, will provide a broad expertise in the field of nanosciences, solar energy and energy storage. In addition to the coordination its contribution will be effective in the following actions: 1) Providing expertise on a state-of-the-art curriculum, teaching methods and laboratory equipment for the master level study on solar energy 2) Hosting staff and students from Partner Country HEIs during their mobility periods. Offering the possibility for staff and students to attend the lectures of their choice during their visit, as well as to take part in seminars led by the various faculty members and by invited foreign experts in the frame work of the doctorate school lectures. Hosting students with special needs during their mobility activities. 3) Provide lectures and seminars at Partner Country HEIs focused on materials nanosciences for solar energy and solar cells through staff mobility 4) Participate actively at the feasibility study for developing Double Master Degrees and other long-term actions with the project partners.