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ICARE, the Sino-European Institute for Clean And Renewable Energy, funded by the European Union, results from a European project initially coordinated by ParisTech then by MINES ParisTech since January 2016 and located on the premises of Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) in Wuhan, China. 

On July, 1st 2010 ParisTech was notified the attribution of the ICARE EU-funded contract on a 5-year basis with a budget of about EUR 13.371 millions (70% EU-funded). This contract results from a call for proposals won by a consortium of six European universities, one association and three Chinese universities coordinated by ParisTech. Four of six European universities are already committed in the EUREC master and the project coordinator is Prof Didier Mayer, Director of the Center for Energy and Processes in MINES ParisTech. The main Chinese partner is Huazhong University of Science and Technology (HUST). The Chinese Government funds infrastructures (EUR 5 millions).

This call for proposals named ICARE (China-Europe “Institute for Clean And Renewable Energy) was published by the DG External Relations of the EC and pore specifically by the European Delegation in China (Beijing). It aimed at creating the institute designed to deliver a master programme on clean and renewable energy, to provide vocational training and develop a research platform. This institute is located in Wuhan in the premises of HuaZhong University's campus.

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MINES ParisTech took over the coordination of the EU project in January 2016 when ParisTech public institution was dissoluted and the other contributing sch Ecole Polytechnique, Chimie ParisTech and ENSTA ParisTech became partners.

ICARE is the third institute for higher education and research founded in the context of political agreements between the European Union and China. Each of these institutes is led by a Sino-European consortium selected from calls for proposals.

The political agreement implying the creation of ICARE was signed in April 2009 by the European Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner and the Chinese Vice-Minister of External Trade Gao Hucheng, in the context of a collaborative programme between China and Europe for the environment protection and the reduction of climate change.

ICARE: the Reference Institute for EU-China Cooperation in the field of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

The ICARE institute is located in Wuhan, China. ICARE aims at becoming the top-quality education institute on energy efficiency and renewable energy in China. It will provide top-quality education to University students, and knowledge and expertise to Chinese professionals in a field which is not served enough today. Moreover, it will support cooperation between top EU and Chinese researchers in the field of Renewable Energy Technologies and Energy Efficiency.

The project is composed of three main activities:

  • A two-year Master programme preparing highly qualified students to work in the industry.
  • A Vocational Training centre for Energy professionals
  • A Research support platform, to foster scientific cooperation and the exchange of ideas, to prepare common projects and facilitate the exchange of PhD students between European and Chinese universities.

Many professors from European Universities, partners of ParisTech (France, Greece, Italy, Spain, UK), come every week in Wuhan. In addition to their courses, they are invited to visit HUST’s laboratories and its partners and exchange with Chinese researchers in order to develop joint research projects.

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