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RICE'S STORIES

Collaborating with academia: a guarantee of excellence, now and in the future

While RICE maintains close ties with the largest scientific research laboratories and doctoral schools, schools or universities, in France and abroad, it is in its clearly understood strategic interest: on the one hand, it is essential for its employees, who have often started their careers in basic research before turning to applications to keep abreast of the scientific state of the art; on the other hand, it is an opportunity to identify burgeoning talents for recruitment purposes, a guarantee of excellence for tomorrow.

The view of Michel Hardy, Program Officer.

In our field of activity, it is imperative to stay in touch with the academic community and, in particular, to closely monitor trends in fundamental research: it is crucial for guiding our own research and development efforts, bringing to fruition industrial applications that make the most of the latest trials or discoveries and, also, guarding against the risk of obsolescence…

RICE has partnered with several chairs, in the framework of long-term and in-depth relations with some of the most prestigious schools or universities, with the aim of allowing all of us, doctors, engineers and research technicians, keep abreast of the scientific state of the art, contribute to our technological watch and address our research and development topics in an ever more forward-looking way.

The industrial goal first and foremost

Our partnerships respond first and foremost to an industrial objective that we have set ourselves. This industrial objective is then turned into an call for academic applications, in order to support a thesis project.

We work closely with the doctoral school of the selected institution to identify the best candidate. Then, throughout their project, thesis students divide their time between the school, where they carry out much more fundamental work, and our premises, where they immerse themselves in the process of getting a firm grasp of the industrial and operational issues to which their thesis must respond.

We keep regular track of them. He or she attends thesis committees and technical follow-up meetings, ensuring that our young doctoral student is properly guided, remains within the framework of our industrial objectives and does not lose sight of the final objective of his work, which must feed into our modelling and our operational problems.

This collaboration should enable the future doctor to benefit from greater openness and be part of a more industrial environment. Much more, certainly, than in the context of a pure or very academic research thesis, unrelated to an industrial actor. Thus, he or she becomes fully aware of the impact of their work on an industrial activity. An asset for the rest of their career.

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