Incubator and cascading effect

UCAJEDI as an incubator and its cascading effect

UCAJEDI has acted both as an incubator and a catalyst to trigger the emergence of new initiatives across the Université Côte d'Azur ecosystem. As an incubator, it enables experimentation with new ideas, approaches or objectives. As a catalyst, it facilitates and translates into reality other major projects that are also financed by selective national calls for proposals.


Reference Centers: The Smart City and Digital Challenge reference centers, incubated within the framework of UCAJEDI, have evolved to adapt to the needs and characteristics of the ecosystem. The former has become an Institute for Innovation and Partnerships Smart Territory of Université Côte d'Azur and the latter is evolving towards an Inria Tech hybrid structure. The Center for Creativity and Innovation in Sciences of Odorants, created in 2017 and incubated in UCAJEDI, in line with local economic endeavours, has been the seed of another Institute for Innovation and Partnerships for Flavor, Fragrance, and Cosmetics
The DEMOLA project: This initiative was launched by joining the international DEMOLA network with the support of UCAJEDI, before maturing under the Disrupt Campus call for proposals and becoming invent@UCA. The action continues to grow and will soon become the ICE Institute for Co-creation and Entrepreneurship.
French graduate schools:  Université Côte d’Azur has structured itself in a comprehensive and innovative way, notably in 8 Graduate Schools (GS) or Ecole Universitaire de Recherche. These new components stem from UCAJEDI and are intended to strongly support training in academic research in the laboratory, or more applied, in connection with companies. Largely autonomous, they nevertheless share ambitions and operating principles which lead them to renew teaching practices, to promote multidisciplinarity and individualised courses, to decompartmentalize training cycles and courses, to develop international partnerships and to open up students to international mobility, to strengthen their digital and continuous training programs in connection with the socio-economic and cultural ecosystem of the region.
Masters of science (MSc): Following the UCAJEDI award, one of the strategic priorities of Université Côte d'Azur's curriculum has been the development of 100% English-language, interdisciplinary Master of Science (MSc). These reflect the main areas of the University's research expertise, as well as the structural needs of the emerging economy and our public and private sector partners.

Cascading effect

3IA Côte d’Azur: One of the major successes of the dynamic initiated by UCAJEDI is to have been able to bring together and boost the research and teaching in the field of Data Sciences, and subsequently AI. Since being awarded UCAJEDI, Université Côte d'Azur has been working in conjunction with its ecosystem to build an environment capable of fueling research, innovation and the dissemination of knowledge in this field. At the same time, we are integrating the ethical issues raised by the development of AI and the analysis of its societal impacts. In total, across all initiatives, UCAJEDI has invested €2,191,000 in this field. In 2019, the 3IA Côte d'Azur project was accredited and funded (€16M) as one of the 4 3IAs in the nation.
L@UCA: The L@UCA project -Licence à l'Université Compétences et Adaptabilité (Undergraduate University Competencies and Adaptability)- is a future investment program (PIA) grant obtained by Université Côte d'Azur, which aims to improve the level of success and career prospects of undergraduate students. A total of €9.9 million over 10 years has been allocated to strengthen orientation and guidance services, make curricula more flexible and for pedagogical transformation.
Invent@UCAInvent@UCA is a co-creation program which brings together students and professionals. It offers diverse, custom-made training and experiences, particularly through the work of multidisciplinary teams on real cases to create innovative, relevant and sustainable solutions. The purpose is to provide innovation, creativity, and 21st century skills to our students, while offering solutions to the challenges faced by companies and other organizations (institutions and NGOs). It provides a real opportunity for students to develop their professional networks, professional reputation and employability.
DS4H: The "Digital Systems for Humans" graduate school is the first of the Université Côte d'Azur's graduate schools to have emerged. Winner of a program of investments for the future in 2017, endowed with €13 million, DS4H is Université Côte d'Azur's graduate school specializing in digital sciences and their human aspects. DS4H brings together laboratories and training courses that are interested in the development of digital technologies but also in their impact on the economy, legislation and society in general. It brings together master's degrees in computer science, electronics, law and digital economics and, in partnership with SKEMA Business School, in digital business. DS4H is also involved with other programs that share part of their curriculum with it, such as the master's in creative industries or that in ergonomics.
R2D2: In response to the PIA3 call "Idées", the R2D2 project aims to continue Université Côte d'Azur's transformation towards its targets by administrative transformations and innovations that facilitate the commitment of communities, to anchor the university in its territory and increase its attractiveness.

An example of incubated structure: Innovative pedagogy

The CVIP, Virtual Center for Pedagogical Innovation, created and grown under the impetus of UCAJEDI, then adapted to the needs of professors and students and evolved in the form of the CAP, the Center for Active Pedagogy. The CVIP was initially designed to serve as a support for setting up UCAJEDI MSc-type training courses and thus already incorporated a desire for hybridization and distance learning. This readiness was of critical importance to allow the sudden change in the teaching and evaluation of the entire educational program of Université Côte d'Azur in the context of the COVID-19 crisis.


An example of cascading effect: the 3IA

The dynamism of UCAJEDI has produced a success story: in 2019, it was awarded the Côte d´Azur Interdisciplinary Institute for Artificial Intelligence, one of the 4 3IAs accredited and funded by the PIA3. Since this success, UCAJEDI has supported the momentum of this program via the IDEX 3IA label, which broadens its scope (beyond the chairs, the aim is to double the number of students trained in AI, increasing skills and the number of projects, and disseminating knowledge to various audiences such as company employees, the general public and schools).