ALSET Partners with CRI-Paris to Enhance Learning Science Research

Participants (left to right) at the MOU signing ceremony included Mariana Losada, Director of the USPC-NUS Program; Francois Taddei, Director and Co-Founder of CRI-Paris; Fun Man Fung, Assistant Director (Education) at NUS ALSET; and Gaell Mainguy, Director of Development and International Relations at CRI-Paris.

On July 12, the Institute for the Application of Learning Science and Education Technology (ALSET) at the National University of Singapore signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Centre for Research and Interdisciplinarity (CRI-Paris) to support joint research efforts in learning science and educational technology.

With an initial term of three years, the partnership will enhance the shared mission of both organizations to improve the state of research and innovation in education. It covers four areas of cooperation:

  • Sharing of ideas and intellectual property;
  • Collaborative research projects in disciplines of mutual interest;
  • Exchange of students, faculty, researchers and administrative staff; and
  • Joint participation at international conferences, seminars, symposia, and workshops.

“CRI-Paris is a marvelous place that epitomises creativity and breaking barriers,” said Fun Man Fung, Assistant Director (Education) at ALSET. “We are aligned in our goals to support effective learning, lifelong education, and workforce development.”

Founded in 2005, CRI-Paris has a long track record of cutting-edge research at the nexus of learning science, artificial intelligence, human-machine paradigms, and other fields relevant to various ALSET initiatives. It is hosted at L’Université Paris Descartes, a multidisciplinary public research university that is part of the Université Sorbonne Paris Cité (USPC) Group, a consortium that accounts for 40% of science researchers in the Greater Paris area.

“We are impressed by the many educational innovations spearheaded by CRI-Paris in France,” said Prof Robert Kamei, Associate Provost (Education) and Founding Director of ALSET. “We look forward to working together to develop collaborative projects.”

The partnership came out of conversations at the 2ndUSPC-NUS Conference on Science, Policy and Society on May 22-23, an event showcasing joint initiatives in research and teaching between the two institutions. The event included talks by Professor Robert Kamei, Associate Provost (Education) and Director of ALSET; Fun Man Fung, Assistant Director of Education and Core Faculty at ALSET; and Professor Francois Taddei, Director of CRI.

“This partnership will enrich our ecosystems in learning science, innovation, technology, and society,” said Gaelle Mainguy, Director of Development and International Relations at CRI-Paris. “There is so much that is happening in innovation in France and Singapore, so we are extremely thrilled by the opportunity generated from this MoU to exchange students and staff.”