The Nantes-based NExT (Nantes Excellence Trajectory) project was selected, on 24 February 2017, by an international jury to become an I-SITE within the PIA 2 - Investment for the Future Programme.
Led by the University of Nantes, Centrale Nantes, Nantes University Hospital and Inserm, the NExT project aims to make Nantes a world-class university site, recognized for its expertise in research, training and innovation on two major and interdisciplinary societal issues: future health (innovative biotherapies, nuclear medicine and cancer, precision medicine etc) and the industry of the future (advanced production technologies, ocean engineering etc).
Nantes is now well placed to become a world-class university site. Arnaud Poitou, Director of Centrale Nantes, welcomes this recognition: "With this ambitious mainstay project, we will make Nantes a world-class university site of excellence in health and engineering. It is the fulfilment of a collective project, supported by the shared vision of the project partners with the creation of the new university in Nantes. For Centrale Nantes, NExT sets out the vision of a European institution engaged in a global dynamic, supporting both science and technology, and their interface with other subjects, such as the social sciences and health."
The other partners in the initiative - IMT, Oniris, ICO, Ifsttar and Inra - will contribute to the implementation and governance of NExT.