What does Strategic International Partnership (SIP) mean?

The purpose of a SIP goes beyond strengthening the internationalization of the institution. The signing of a SIP agreement implies a strong and common intention on the part of the two institutions to achieve broad strategic goals.

To concretize a SIP agreement and achieve these major objectives, the two institutions must jointly define “Joint advancement mechanisms”, i.e. a set of activities (formats?) that must encourage the involvement of the greatest number of entities of the two institutions (Research Units, Departments, Programs, etc), academic and administrative staff.

Supporting international cooperation around specific interdisciplinary themes with the aim of creating added value

It had been decided to back up our SIP approach around 4 interdisciplinary strategic thematic areas:

  • Terroir-driven food systems,
  • Agroecological transition and competitiveness
  • Digital agriculture,
  • Food and urban landscapes.

With the SIP approach, we aim at creating an international network  identified as a group of experts and resources on the 4 interdisciplinary themes mentioned above. Composed of at most 5 partner universities, our SIP network is created in a spirit of shared competences, with a logic of complementarity or reinforcement.

The synergies developed with each university with which we sign a SIP agreement are based on a common ambition and a desire for mutual consolidation. These specific partnerships contribute significantly to improving our positioning, our reputation and our influence on these themes in agricultural higher education and research in our respective countries and internationally.