International cooperation: the development of special links

Since its creation, the UEB has made the development of special links with certain countries a priority.


On 10 October 2012, the UEB signed a cooperation agreement with Dalhousie University, with the aim of facilitating the joint supervision of theses and the development of scientific cooperation.


In October 2009, the UEB organised a combined research, doctorate, and research and knowledge transfer mission to Brazil. The objective was to enhance and develop scientific cooperation at doctoral level in our member institutions. Through our participation in the CampusFrance agency for the promotion of higher education, international student services, and international mobility as well as through our targeted visits to higher education institutions and establishments, we were able to forge strong links with our Brazilian partners. Brazil was designated a geographical priority by the UEB's steering committee in 2010, and in 2011 it became a strategic focal point for our activity. The welcoming of delegations and visits to laboratories in Brittany have therefore been planned.

Germany - Saxony

Following the visit to Brittany of a delegation from Saxony in March and April 2008 and the mission of the vice-presidents of the UEB's Research section and Europe and International section to Saxony in June 2008, the universities of the two regions initiated a cycle of scientific conferences on the common theme of 'Global Challenges for Sustainable Development'.

The first conference – 'GCSD’2010 - Sustainable Chemistry and Related Areas' – was held on 25 and 26 February 2010, and brought together 150 researchers representing 50 laboratories, of which 12 were Breton and 15 German). A second conference - 'GCSD’ 2011' – was held in Saxony in June 2011, and at this conference the UEB and its four university partners from Saxony (Technische Universität Chemnitz, Universität Leipzig, Technische Universität Dresden, and Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg) worked on the subject of 'European Spaces'.

The strategic objective is to enhance the position of the two regions, who have been twinned since since 1995, in the European Research Area in order to develop access to funding and European labelling for joint projects, and to develop the international mobility of PhD students and PhD graduates.

International promotion

The 'Europe and International' project is a real gateway to the world, promoting, together with its members, the UEB at international level. The project engages in activities such as the organisation of the UEB's participation at international fairs, the support of multicultural events, the welcoming of foreign delegations invited by member establishments, and involvement in the hosting of international events.