Institutional Partners


The Joint Research Unit “Architecture, Urbanism, Society: Knowledge, Education, Research” (UMR AUSser no. 3329) had its contract officially extended for 5 years, under the supervision of the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Ministry of Culture and Communications.

The Unit’s research activity revolves around the production of architectural, urban and landscape objects considered in terms of their relationships with the societies that have gradually shaped them and in the light of the new design issues facing researchers, producers and users of these spaces at the level of individual buildings and the territory as a whole.


IFSTTAR is a major player in the European research on the city and the territories, transportation and civil engineering. The French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks, born on January 1st 2011, from the merger of INRETS and LCPC, is a Public Institution of a Scientific and Technical Nature, under the joint supervision of the Ministry of Environment, Energy and the Sea and the Ministry of higher education and research. IFSTTAR conducts applied research and expert appraisals in the fields of transport, infrastructure, natural hazards and urban issues with the aim of improving the living conditions of our fellow citizens and, more widely, promoting the sustainable development of our societies.



IIHS, the sponsoring organisation, is a section 8 company under the Indian Companies Act, established in 2008 by eminent Indians who have distinguished themselves in various fields, including the government, private sector and civil society. They have come together for a common cause, i.e. to set up a proposed university i.e. the proposed IIHS (Institution of Eminence).



The “Laboratoires d’Excellence” project, one of the projects of the “Investments for the Future” program of the French National Research Agency, is based on the principle that laboratories of excellence emerge in all territories and in all Disciplines, to encourage the best French laboratories to strengthen their scientific potential by recruiting researchers and investing in innovative equipment, to encourage the emergence of ambitious and internationally visible scientific projects carried out by laboratories or groups of laboratories.


Lab’URBA is mainly defined by its enrollment in the School of Urban Planning of Paris being structured by the merger of the two main institutes of French urbanism. The Lab’URBA perimeter also associates teacher-researchers sharing its values ​​and working on urban issues, particularly within the geography department of Paris Est Créteil University (UPEC), the Urban Engineering Department of Paris University. -East Marne-la-Vallée (UPEM) and the School of Engineers of the City of Paris (EIVP)

These institutes and departments find their reason for being in a strong association between a training that follows the evolutions of its reference professional worlds, in France and in the world, and contributes to this evolution by the production of knowledge, the implementation of this knowledge in activities of expertise and a role of animation in the public debate on the social choices which concern the production, the management and the use of the cities.


The Water, Environment and Urban Systems Laboratory (Lees) is a joint laboratory of the École des Ponts ParisTech, Paris-Est Créteil University and AgroParisTech (UMR MA 102). Leesu’s research objective is above all urban water under different approaches:
– Physical and hydrological studies (runoff, transfer in the urban system, lacustrine environments);
– Biogeochemical studies of emissions, fate and effects of chemical and microbiological contaminants in the city / works / receiving environments continuum;
– Study of policies, uses of water, practices and their evolutions.

The Institute for Environment and Development (LESTARI) was established on 1st October 1994 as a multidisciplinary institute within the structure of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. It fulfills the aspirations of the university, as envisioned by the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to realise the goal of sustainable development through research and capacity development.

LESTARI was also established to serve as a reference centre capable of dealing with environment and development issues, assisting government in formulating policies based on research of a holistic and balanced kind. The development function is directed towards enhancing human resource capacity through skill development and training, for both government and private sectors.


Laboratory “Ville, Mobilité, Transport » (LVMT) addresses the interactions between city and transportation.The city is dealt with in its largest sense (metropolitan areas, networks of cities…) as is transport: not only commuting movements but also those of the non-constrained type (e.g. leisure, tourism) are considered, as is freight movement within the city.

Created en 2003, the laboratory “Ville, Mobilité, Transport » (LVMT, or “City, Mobility, Transport”) is a joint lab (UMR T9403), resulting from the partnership between an engineering school – ENPC- Ecole des Ponts, a research institute -IFSTTAR – Institute on Technology, Transport and development, and a university – UPEM- the Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée.




PRX-Vietnam is a local representation of the Ile-de-France Region cooperation in Vietnam started in 1989 and based in Hanoi. Since November 2017 Ile-de-France Region oriented it’s cooperation with foreign partners to promote regional private and public expertise with a new platform: Paris Region eXpertise (PRX). In Vietnam this cooperation focus on improvement of public skills and development of urban quality through training, study, expertise and pilot project in several field as urban planning, sustainable development, heritage management, public transportation and environment.