Université Sorbonne Paris Cité

Our involvement in the USPC higher education group

La FMSH is a member of  l'Université Sorbonne Paris Cité, which brings together:

  • 4 multidisciplinary universities: l'Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3, l'Université Paris Descartes, l'Université Paris Diderot et l'Université Paris 13.
  • 5 institutions of higher education and research: l’École des hautes études en santé publique (EHESP), l’Institut national des langues et des civilisations orientales (INALCO), l’Institut de physique du globe de Paris (IPGP), Sciences Po et la Fondation Maison des sciences de l'homme (FMSH)
  • 5 research organizations: le Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), l’Institut national d’études démographiques (INED), l’Institut national de recherche en informatique et automatique (INRIA), l’Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale (INSERM) et l’Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD).

Commitment in the USPC

In 2015, FMSH decided to join the Sorbonne Paris Cité (USPC) higher education group. It shares the group’s aims and its vision of the vital role that higher education and research play in a society’s prosperity and cohesion.

Belonging to USPC entails working together as a whole group and also developing smaller-scale partnerships. At present, the foundation has either begun or is planning a number of these with one or more USPC members: with Paris-Diderot University on the College of World Studies (François Jullien Chair on Otherness); with La Sorbonne New University (Paris 3) on issues surrounding the dissemination of scientific knowledge; with Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences-Po) on developing an experimental digital space and research on the transformation of higher education, with INALCO (National Institute on Oriental Languages and Civilizations) on the issue of ‘culture areas’ (in liaison with research programmes run by CNRS); with Paris 13 university on the link between research and creativity; or with Paris-Descartes University on digital technology for higher education.

The principal aims of the Excellence Initiative (‘Idex’) USPC is conducting tie in completely with the Foundation’s own aims, as do the group’s vision of combining excellence with bold initiatives and social mobility and its decentralised operating model based on the principle of devolved responsibilities.


Scientific innovation at the heart of the project

In the area of scientific innovation, several of the projects and schemes created by FMSH can be rolled out within the USPC framework: the College of World Studies, the science platforms, the calls for proposals on newly-emerging research topics (the two calls for proposals in 2015 were for research into ‘new conflicts’ and ‘the relationship between art and social science’); hosting UNESCO chairs and hosting research programmes funded by other bodies (such as ANR, Horizon 2020, etc.).

Work was done in 2015 on supporting the international development of social science and humanities, and FMSH is looking at the possibility of organising three further schemes within USPC, which will benefit all its members: an information system on associate foreign researchers who are guests and partners on USPC’s scientific projects; a grants scheme to help researchers wanting to work abroad, with emphasis on USPC’s scientific and geographical priorities and lastly, a scheme to help researchers organise European projects to be funded under the Horizon 2020 programme.

As regards support for postgraduate studies, the avenues explored to date have been connected with the extremely rich and diverse provision offered by the Foundation’s College of World Studies and its three science platforms, which could be linked in with existing seminars delivered in the members’ graduate schools.