Sino-European School of Technology of Shanghai University (UTSEUS)

UTSEUS was created in 2005 by a joint decision of the group French Universities of Technology (UTC-Compiegne, UTBM- Belfort Montbeliard and UTT-Troyes) and the University of Shanghai. Today it is the first Sino-French cooperative university structure, a unique pioneering partnership in Europe, for its training and research activities. UTSeuS trains over 1 200 Chinese, French and European students every year in a truly international, multicultural campus and environment.

UTSeuS - a University of Technology in China

UTSeuS (Sino-European School of Technology of the University of Shanghai) was created in 2005 at the initiative of 3 partners in the French Group of Universities of Technology (UTC-Compiègne, UTT-Troyes and UTBM-Belfort-Montbeliard) and one Chinese partner, the University of Shanghai.

The University of Shanghai

The University of Shanghai, was founded in 1922, by a merger in 1994 of 4 existing universities, has 37 000 matriculated students, in a wide spectrum of specialties. The establishment is supported financially by the City of Shanghai and ranks in the top 45 Chinese universities (out of 1 600).

This pluridisciplinary establishment (with over 27 schools, colleges and many institutes) was chosen by the Group of French UTs for its geographic location (Shanghai), its proximity with French and European industries and because of its inherent development dynamics.

The economic zone of and round Shanghai, economically, is of the highest importance, given that the largest companies in the world are represented here. It's also a city promoting innovation and business creation, turned not only in China but more generally to Asia.

Industrial partners

Completing its industrial relationships polices, UTSeuS has signed partnership agreements with many companies:  (Scheider Electric China, Dassault System, Total Chine, Baoxing information (IT section of Bao Steel), Micropole Chine, Huiyi financial information service company, Air Liquide, ZTE, Siveco, Decathlon, Suez, China Materiala, Citizen, Xerox, Vidon, TechnoChina, Faurecia FECT, ACTIA China, Alcatel-Lucent Entreprise China, ENGIE China, Learning Tribes China, Serrinov, Faurecia (China) Holding Co., Ltd), in a collaborative strategy reinforced by course-work, special lectures, conferences, factory visits, industrial or sponsored project work, placements or mobility grants.

Student exchange mobility

The engineering programme for Chinese students

Currently UTseuS offers training to 4 year classes of its students, in Computer sciences and applications, Mechanical Engineering, Bio-Engineering and Materials Engineering Sciences.

After completing three years training in Shanghai, including specialist courses and intensive French language learning, the best (selected) Chinese students can come to France for two, years classroom/lab training and industrial placements, to one of three French UTs (UTC, UTT, UTMB) for the purpose of studying for the double degree: the UT engineering diploma and then Bachelor of Engineering of the University of Shanghai.

The exchange semester "Science and Humanities in China"

This programme is offered to (end of) 2nd year students matriculated at one of the three French UTs, (or at one of the SU Sorbonne partner universities), who wish to enjoy a first international experience.

For one complete semester, they follow courses and acquire the initial keys to Chinese culture sharing classes with UTSeuS 3rd year students.

The exchange semester "International engineer"

This programme is offered to students in the Master 2 classes at one of the three French UTs (or at one of the SU Sorbonne partner universities) in any of the current engineering science specialties taught.

For one complete semester, the students can benefit from the dynamics of an Asian campus before taking up a professional job. Thanks to the 'professionally oriented' training, plus placements with industry and meeting expat engineers, these students widen their prospects to start their careers in an international setting.

Semester on "Language, Culture and Innovation"

This programme is offered to students, early career graduate engineers and entrepreneurs from a wide variety of specialties. (Engineering sciences, Humanities, Management, Arts, Law) at Master's degree level 1 or 2 and who wish to add an international feature to their career path.

For a full semester, the student can enjoy a real-life experience based on confronting other cultures and specialties. The base-line for this is "innovating for tomorrow's smart, connected cities", and enables students to acquire new knowledge and skills through course-work, practical projects, under the local management of a dynamic team of lecturers, professional engineers and scientists and research scientists.

In 2012, UTSeuS also inaugurated the first laboratory in the world analysing the challenges of smart cities tomorrow ComplexCity which brings together a wide range of scientific specialties which exist in both UTSeuS and the French Group of UTs. The ComplexCity Lab benefits from studies by research scientists from China and France, together with contributions by numerous academic and industrial partners.

Studying urban systems

ComplexCity is a transdisciplinary research laboratory used to broadly study urban areas and their associate systems. Its research programmes are based on an innovative approach that combines analytical and computational capacity of engineering sciences coupled with the creativity, inter alia, of humanities and social sciences.

ComplexCity is also an incubator and a focal platform for Sino-French meetings and exchanges that relate to urban area research. Exploring and analysing cities as a complex system allows us to better understand cities today and to design future urban areas that can respond to overall, global challenges.

ComplexCity thus contributes to the conception of new ways to think about tomorrow's urban configurations and to accompany urban management, design and evolutions. In order to control the growing complexity of cities and in parallel take, into account the various manners of thinking about cities for which new models and intellectual tools are needed.

Research programmes at ComplexCity

The research programmes at ComplexCity are organized round 3 complementary approaches:

  • data acquisition (quantities and categories)
  • finding the best models to handle the data relevance
  • finding the best methods to interpret data and results and identification of tools that help conceptualize the results and take decisions based on these.

Areas of application

5 application areas have been identified thus far:

  • Risk analysis and crisis management scenarios
  • Urban area metabolism
  • Urban maintenance issues
  • Modelling to enhance urban comfort and energy efficiency Ageing and gerontology in urban areas

14 Sino-French projects

The ComplexCity Laboratory currently houses 14 interdisciplinary research programmes, selected by the research programme directors of the French UT Group and its Sino-French management team, following suit to two calls for projects in Franc in 2013, plus a seminar in China. 4 project applications were awarded French subsidies and 4 others were presented to various national and international financing schemes.

Most projects involve at least 2 French UTs and the University of Shanghai and are characterized by a city-intensive focus, both in terms of uses made of engineering sciences, humanities and of social sciences.

Vehicle traffic models (on Internet) to optimise road networks

Modern cities suffer often from traffic jams. This research is directed to finding why these jams occur and to come up with efficient solutions via urban traffic modelling protocols. 

› Partners: Transportation Systems Lab -UTBM-LST - Shanghai Institute for Medicine and Applied Mathematics , SHU SHU

Collaborative monitoring and real time detection of abnormal situations using a large scale network of cameras/sensors

A smart public safety system is an important ingredient needed for smart cities. The project here focuses on the dual use of a smart monitoring network of video cameras, through collaborative image screening and analysis and detection of abnormal stations as soon as they arise.

› Partners: UTT-LM2S System modelling and Safety Lab - Department SMEA/Automation & Control, School of Communication & Information, Engineering, SHU

Know-how in engineering modelling techniques used to handle complex, modern city parameters

Scientists apply theory and practice of engineering projects to advance urban design that will take into account the increasing complexity of modern cities. Use is made of generic models to reconsider and enrich the urban design knowledge base, using ICTs to detect citizen needs.

› Partners: UTBM - SHU

A test platform for optimised sustainable practice in smart cities

The project proposes a platform to identify various practices as heterogeneous, multidimensional, interconnected entities. The platform represents users and provides tools for the end-users to analyse and display their own practices, integrating personal modes of lifestyle and characteristics. 

› Partners: UTT-CICO - School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation, SHU

Smart City Logistics

The theme of urban logistics has become primordial when it comes to promoting sustainable urban development schemes. The research made in the Smart City Logistics unit focus mainly on the design and planning of public urban distribution networks. There is a platform that displays common sense practice in the field of urban logistics as well as 'smart' scheduling of the logistic resources of the city and distributions of goods and merchandise.

› Partners: UTT ROSAS Dept. - Centre for research in modern logistics at the University of Shanghai, SHU

Improvement of sanitary surveillance in a Smart City, application for Parkinson disease sufferers

Development of urbanization and ageing of populations require studies and development of gerontechnologies, so as to help cities faced with questions of global health with a specific focus on that of senior citizens.

› Partners: UTC-BMBI - School of Communication and Information Technology, SHU

Analysis of audio scenes to monitor transportation and urban safety factors

In this project, road traffic is measured using microphone audio sensors. The first objective assigned to the team is to demonstrate that monitored audio signals can indeed be used to estimate road traffic and to detect certain road events .

› Partners: UTT- System modelling and Safety Lab -LM2S - School of Communication and Information Technology, SHU

Building life cycle management in China: a complex problem which consists of using a 'serious game' approach to extract relevant data

The key feature of this project is to design and develop a freeware-based "serious game" platform capable of handling various urban scenarios. The game will generate metadata from which relevant variables will be identified and used to help maintenance and sustainable use of existing buildings and associate urban equipment. When these research phases are completed, the scientists will shift their focus to industrial maintenance issues and to analysis of building life cycle management.

› Partners: UTC-COSTECH - Centre for contemporary cultural studies, University of Shanghai

Using Web data and analyses of public mobility factors

The aim of this project to better understand public movements using relevant Web data. The scientists here use classifying algorithms to study each zone's functions and to analyse the contents via a micro-blog to identify clients' needs.

› Partners: UTBM- IRTES Lab. - School of Communication and Information Technology, SHU

DynamiCity, the digital print of an urban areas

This project aims at studying cities through an analysis of its digital print (spontaneous web exchanges, free data, sensor data). The objective is to produce a comparative study of two cities: on one hand Shanghai (recognized by the Chinese for its dynamic, emblematic features) and Paris, emblematic among European capitals

› Partners: UTC-ComplexCity - School of Urban Sociology, SHU

Urban metabolism and sustainable development

The aim assigned to our research is to supply data, design, decision and assessment tools, so as to improve on urban system development, taking into account the various levels - cities, districts and associate infrastructures ... interconnected by networks -(e.g., waste disposal, water supplies, energy and used material and equipment) characterized in terms of social, cultural, political and economic factors.

› Partners: UTT-CREIDD - School of Mechanical Engineering and Automation, SHU

Digital 'eternity', homage paid to ancestors

The research team analyses digital funerary practice in Shanghai as well as the concept of a digital eternity in China as a country. They examine traditional funeral practices in Shanghai as seen through Internet, on one hand, and new digital funerary trends, on the other.

› Partners: UTC-COSTECH - Social Sciences in Urban Milieus, SHU

Energy management in smart buildings, under economic, behavioural and environmental constraints

The research scientists involved here rely on the recent development of smart network technologies, energy use performance and storage figures so as to study and improve on residential area energy management taking into account the rich context of production, transportation, distribution and storage of electricity as an energy vector.

› Partners: UTBM 

Socio-cultural transition and urban dynamics in Shanghai

The aim of this project is to make use of ICTs to study the impact of culture as a major element conducive to creating a new and significant social identity, lost to some extent by cities because of large-(scale rapid urban expansion and associate large-scale, multicultural population migrations. 

› Partners: IRTES-RECITS, UTBM - School of Sociology and Political Science, SHU


Directrice des Relations Internationales
Cornelia Marin
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Directeur français de l'UTseuS
Marc Bondiou
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