Partners (degree awarding institutions)
The partners of the EPOG+ partners are hosting students for one or more semesters. The content and joint or multiple degree(s) awarded to students depend on each student’s mobility pathway.
University of Technology of Compiègne (UTC) is the EPOG+ coordinator. It is a founding member of “Alliance Sorbonne Université”, which received the French government excellence initiative grant (IdEX) in 2018. It is ranked 101–150 by Times Higher Education (THE) in the 2018 Young University Rankings (universities established within the past 50 years). UTC is among the very best engineering school in France. It is a place of academic excellence where interdisciplinary and innovation are supported both in education and research. UTC brings to EPOG+ its expertise on knowledge, innovation and the digital transition, its strong relations with private actors and its capacity to gather skills from both academia and the world of work and entrepreneurship. The EPOG+ proposal involves academic staff from the COSTECH lab, an interdisciplinary research unit on technology and the triple interface “Man, Technology, Society”, including an emphasis on cognitive capitalism. It is member of two research labs of excellence (LabEx) labelled after a national competition: SITES/IFRIS on “innovation” and MS2T (on “systems of systems”).
Sorbonne University (SU) is a multidisciplinary, research-intensive and world-class academic institution, which received the French government excellence initiative grant (IdEX) in 2018. It is ranked 36th by ARWU in 2018, 73rd by THE World University Rankings in 2019 and 75th by QS Global World Ranking. Continuing the humanist tradition of the Sorbonne, it is devoted to meeting the scientific challenges of the 21st century and spreading the knowledge created in its laboratories by its research teams to its students and to society as a whole. SU is made of three faculties: arts and humanities, science and engineering, and medicine. Its faculty of arts and humanities is today the largest faculty in France in the field of arts, languages, literature, social sciences and humanities. SU supports the development of an intercultural context for its students through an internationalisation of its academic programs. SU brings to EPOG+ interdisciplinary perspectives in economics, sociology, but also in the other social sciences. With the “Sorbonne Université Alliance”, it has created the “Institute for the Environmental Transition” (SU-ITE) which gathers 54 laboratories and about 2000 researchers working on the ecological transition. It is also a core member of “EIT Climate-KIC”, the EU’s largest public-private partnership addressing climate change through innovation.
The University of Paris (UP) results from the merger, on March 20, 2019, of Paris Descartes (Paris 5) and Paris Diderot (Paris 7) Universities and the incorporation of the Institut Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP). It also received the French government excellence initiative grant (IdEX). The Université de Paris covers a wide range of disciplines, with one of the most comprehensive and ambitious educational offerings available in the world. The objectives of this “intensive research” university, which place it among the most prestigious institutions of higher education in France and abroad, include the conduct of top-level research compliant with a code of ethics, world-class higher education courses, a dynamic student life, support for innovation and knowledge transfer; construction of a European research and training hub. The research lab involved in EPOG+ (LADYSS) is made of economists, geographers, political scientists and sociologists. UP brings to EPOG+ its knowledge and skills on territorial development, environment and social and solidarity economy, as well as interdisciplinary approaches.
The University of Turin (UNITO) is one of the biggest and most prestigious Italian universities. It is ranked 201–300 by ARWU 2018. It is a “city-within-a-city”, promoting culture and producing/creating, research, innovation, training and employment. The University of Torino is involved in international research and training. It is an integral part of the local community, and contributes to and encourages dialogue between urban and suburban actors, promotes cultural interaction, social integration and development. It is an international actor and has partnership arrangements with many HEI and regional and international organisations. Its relationships with universities abroad are increasing and in 2017 numbered around 500 agreements with foreign universities. Many bilateral and multilateral agreements are with institutions involved in the project. UNITO brings to EPOG+ the excellence in the economics of knowledge and innovation, and interdisciplinary study of political science and economics.
The University of Roma 3 (ROMA3) is a young, dynamic and modern institution, founded in 1992. It has grown rapidly in number of students and gained an excellent reputation: it is well ranked in evaluations of academic institutions its teaching and research. It is ranked 801‑1000 in QS Global World Ranking and the School of Economics is among the top 25% of Italian institutions in the RePEc ranking. Founding principles of ROMA3 are the promotion and organisation of international research projects and networks, high quality education and the diffusion of knowledge with constant interaction with the local community, environment protection, international solidarity, gender equality and the evaluation and promotion of merit. ROMA3 brings to EPOG+ a combination of socioeconomic, financial and ecological expertise, mainly from a macroeconomic perspective.
The Berlin School of Economics and Law (HWR) is comprised of 14 Research Centres and Institutes and 5 Faculties offering courses in private and public sector business administration, economics and administration, and as well as law and security management. Over 11000 students are enrolled in bachelor’s and master’s programmes. HWR is ranked highly in national rankings, and is involved in applied research projects in business, economics and social sciences, administration, engineering and law. Commitment to an interdisciplinary approach supports cross-departmental cooperation for the achievement of joint research goals. HWR is international in its approach and has over 170 active partnerships with other HEI on nearly every continent. More than half of the 40 students enrolled in the Master’s programme International Economics are from outside the EU and are among the best students from around the world. HWR will bring to the EPOG+ its expertise on the link between growth and income distribution, international economics, finance and development, international economic policies and governance.
The Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) is the EU’s largest educational institution for business and economics, business law, and social sciences. It is ranked 51–100 in QS World University Ranking by Subject in Business & Management. WU’s triple accreditation by EQUIS, AACSB, and AMBA – the three foremost international accreditations for business and economics universities – is a testimonial of WU’s high quality standards. WU’s researchers work on important economic, socioeconomic, ecological, and cultural questions. WU subscribes to an impact-oriented research culture, as expressed in its mission statement, which emphasizes future-oriented and sustainable thinking and acting responsibly to help find solutions to today’s economic, social, and ecological problems. The Department of Socio-Economics is highly pluralistic. WU brings to EPOG+ its skills in the economics and interdisciplinary perspectives on the ecological transition.
The University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) is ranked 8 in the “BRICS & Emerging Economies” (THE) and among the 2 best universities in South-Africa (ARWU). It has more than 30 000 students and is strategically located in Johannesburg. It owns a leading economic research center (CSID) in South Africa on issues related to economic development and policy, including industrial and financial policies, involved in international networks, European projects and partnerships with significant policy and research bodies in South Africa. WITS brings to EPOG+ its leading inter-disciplinary post-graduate and research programme in Applied Development Economics and its world-class networks (e.g. Global Labour University, African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics and the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies).