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30/09/2011 | Paris, 30 September 2011

PSA Peugeot Citroën University initiates 23 partnerships with prestigious business and engineering schools and universities worldwide and enhances its research capabilities

PSA Peugeot Citroën University will sign 23 partnerships with prestigious business and engineering schools and universities between now and 2012. Two-thirds will be scientific partnerships, while the remaining third will cover business, marketing and management. All will focus on the automobile of the future and its related challenges.

PSA Peugeot Citroën University is playing a major role in making the Group more global
To stay a step ahead in automobile products and services, PSA Peugeot Citroën is strengthening its ties with leading business and engineering schools and universities in Europe, Asia, Latin America and North America.
This active and assertive strategy is designed to attract the best talent and ensure that the Group maintains its skills excellence. Founded in 2010, PSA Peugeot Citroën University is playing a major role in helping the Group transform and secure superior managerial and technical capabilities worldwide.

To promote this goal, the Group has endowed a number of academic chairs in 2011 to develop teaching and research in areas of major importance to the automobile industry’s future. These include the André Citroën Chair in mechanical and multiphysics modelling wtih Ecole Polytechnique in Paris and the PSA Peugeot Citroën Chair in Robotics and Virtual Reality with Ecole des Mines ParisTech.

Carried out in close cooperation with the Research and Development Departments, the endowment programme will soon be extended to Latin America, Russia and China, where the Group has signed a letter of intent with Tongji University in Shanghai concerning a partnership in human-machine interfaces.

PSA Peugeot Citroën University has also forged several partnerships around the world to promote a more international outlook and enable Group engineers to continue their training. Examples include a partnership with the Polytechnic School of the University of Sao Paolo in Brazil and an executive doctorate programme at Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris.

A network of solid academic partnerships to meet the major challenges of tomorrow
PSA Peugeot Citroën’s closer ties with world-class academic institutions reflect its determination to meet the host of technological, environmental and societal challenges facing the automobile industry today. In addition to the initiatives taken by PSA Peugeot Citroën University, the Scientific Department announced two programmes in 2010 to help meet these challenges.

- The first, known as OpenLabs, is designed to pool the Group’s research teams and testing resources with those of partner laboratories in joint research structures. Initial contracts include the Automotive Motion Lab with Université de la Méditerranée and Institut de la Science et du Mouvement (ISM) in Marseille and the Electronics and Systems for Automotive OpenLab with Laboratoire de l’Intégration du Matériau au Système (IMS) in Bordeaux.
- The second, known as StelLab (for Science Technologies Exploratory Lean Laboratory) leads scientific partnerships. StelLab is responsible for coordinating the OpenLabs and creating an interdisciplinary knowledge sharing and discussion network among PSA Peugeot Citroën and scientific experts with the goal of identifying and developing the new technologies and vehicle innovations of the future.

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