LIVE Associated Higher Education Institutions (HEIs)

The LIVE programme involves a network of 14  HEIs worldwide

including the five organizing HEIs  UAB-UB-UA-UJM-UCBL and the following HEIs:




Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (France)    

ENSL is a multidisciplinary institution of excellence, attracting 6 000 candidates at the entrance exam for 228 places as Normaliens (salaried student-civil-servants). Courses spanning year three of Bachelor's to the doctorate on a wide range of scientific subjects: biology, chemistry, computing, 12 modern languages, French literature, the classics, the arts, mathematics, physics, the humanities, social sciences, Earth sciences. Organizing seven research-based Masters and co-supervising 10 doctoral colleges with different other higher education institutions, ENSL is a leader in research with 145 accredited research supervisors. Internationality is well developed at ENSL with 260 international students of 31 nationalities represented on the campus and more than 50 professors of foreign nationality.

ENSL Hosts the International Center for Infectiology Research (CIRI, Centre International de Recherche en Infectiologie), which is an associated Partner of the LIVE.

Fudan University Medical School (China)         

Over the past decade, the Fudan University’s medical school has actively explored running a medical school within a comprehensive university, with important work in promoting all branches of basic and clinical medicine, as well as collaboration between medicine and other areas of study, with positive results. Funds for medical research and the number of projects have increased from about 25% when the two schools were combined, to half of the school’s total. Clinical medicine is close to ranking in the ESI’s top 0.1%, and the school is ready to begin competing as a world-class institution.

Currently the medical parts of Fudan University include Basic Medical School, Clinical Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Pharmacy, School of Nursing, Institute of Biomedical Science, Institute of Brain Science, Institute of Radioactive Medicine and Department of Laboratory Animal Science, and 11 affiliating hospitals. Shanghai Medical School as an extension of the University is authorized to manage all medical parts in terms of education, research, discipline development, exchanges and development and planning.

Shanghai Medical College’s near- to mid-term goals are to effectively promote the synthesis of basic medicine with clinical and medical science, as well as the interdisciplinary study of medical and non-medical domains, persistently transforming medical concepts, consolidating the leading role of medicine and life medicine in China and making a core contribution to the key city of Shanghai by building a medical center which ranks among the best in Asia.

Network for Education and Support in Immunisation (Belgium)     

The Network for Education and Support in Immunisation (NESI) was officially launched on 1 September 2002.

NESI was built on the experience of the International Network for Eastern and Southern Africa on Hepatitis B Vaccination, which was established in 1999 and included five universities in Eastern and Southern Africa (Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa), Ministries of Health in Africa and the University of Antwerp. The purpose of this network was to translate research on hepatitis B through capacity building and advocacy into universal access to hepatitis B vaccination in the partner countries.

With the development of new vaccines and increased commitment by development partners and private sector initiatives to strengthen vaccine supply and immunisation services, there are more opportunities to prevent more diseases in more children. This led to the establishment of NESI, which is a collaborative network focusing on capacity building for the strengthening of existing immunisation systems and introduction of new vaccines, with a broad technical scope and wide geographical focus. 

Universidad de Oriente (Cuba)      

Universidade Oriente is a leading institution to teach and to research in undergraduate/ postgraduate activities, in areas such as live sciences, social and humanity sciences, law, technical and agronomical sciences (engineerings) . In cooperation with other Centers of Higher Education, the institution holds the greatest percent in the formation of Masters and Doctors of the eastern region. In the past five years the university graduated 220 PhD students of sciences- 98 of them from the university staff- which represents an estimate of 44 Doctors every year. Since 1959, more than 2000 international students have graduated through Government Agreements. The institution is part of 10 international networks and an active member of the Union of Latin American Universities (UDUAL) , the Inter American University Organization (OUI)  and the Latin American Postgraduate University Association (AUIP) . The institution keeps a leading role in areas like Biophysics and advanced medical equipment, applied electromagnetism, sociological studies of culture, environment and biodiversity management, Biotechnology, Patrimony.

Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium)     

The Université libre de Bruxelles has 13 faculties, schools and specialized institutes that cover all the disciplines, closely combining academic input and research. It offers almost 40 undergraduate programmes and 235 graduate programmes. It also partners 20 Doctoral schools, with almost 1,600 PhD in progress. 

Some of our Master programmes focus on transdisciplinarity, whilst others place more emphasis on international relations through European Masters degrees, or on multilingualism. We have also been working in close collaboration with theVUB (Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Brussels Flemish-speaking university) for a number of years. In the field of health, in addition to the Erasme teaching hospital, the University works closely with an extensive network of hospitals around Belgium. 

One of the University's main aims is to give its students a solid foundation incritical thinking as well as a taste for research, while at the same time catering to the needs of new publics. Executive education programmes and courses with specially adapted hours for working professionals are offered alongside more traditional programmes and courses involving cutting-edge research.

University of Arkansas Medical School (USA)       

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock is the only academic health sciences university in the state of Arkansas. We are the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees in 73 of Arkansas’ 75 counties. UAMS and its clinical affiliates, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the VA Medical Center, are an economic engine for the state with an annual economic impact of $3.92 billion.

In addition to our hospital and clinics, UAMS includes five colleges and a graduate school, eight regional centers and seven institutes of excellence. UAMS offers 64 baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs and certificates through our Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions, Public Health and graduate school. Students attend classes at the UAMS main campus in Little Rock and our regional campus in northwest Arkansas. IWith our combination of education, research and clinical programs, UAMS has a unique capacity to lead health care improvement in the state. 

University of British Columbia (Canada)      

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. Since 1915, UBC’s West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. Its entrepreneurial perspective encourages students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world.

Facts: 58,284 total students at both campuses, 10,181 international students from 149 countries, $2 billion annual operating budget, 300,000 alumni in 120 countries, 15,171 faculty and staff, $564 million Research funding for 8442 projects in 2013-14, 31st in Times Higher Education world rankings, one of three Canadian universities in the top 50.

Universita degli studi Firenze (Italy)      

The University of Florence can trace its origins to the Studium, which was established in 1321. In 1472 the Studium was moved to Pisa. In 1859, the University re-emerged as Istituto di Studi Superiori (Institute of Higher Education). In 1923 it was established as a public university (Royal Decree No. 2102/1923) and started its activities as a fully-fledged university.

The University of Florence is one of the largest organisations for research and higher education in Italy, with over 1900 tenured teaching staff and researchers, over 1600 permanent technical/administrative staff and language assistants and over 55 thousand students enrolled.  The University consists of 10 Schools: Agriculture, Architecture, Economics, Education and Humanities, Engineering, Law, Human Health Sciences, Mathematics, Physics and Natural Sciences, Political Science, Psychology. Scientific research is carried out in the 24 Departments of the University, grouped into 5 major areas: Social Sciences, Humanities, Scientific, Technological and Biomedical areas. A large part of the yearly budget is allocated to scientific research. In the recent past the University of Florence has been ranked top among Italian Universities in the distribution of national research funds. High-level research avails itself of the “centres of excellence”, which attract funding and form synergies with other institutions.

Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil)      

The University of São Paulo (USP) is a public university, maintained by the State of São Paulo and affiliated with the State Secretariat of Economic, Scientific and Technological Development, particularly efficient in scientific productivity.USP have widely recognized the talent and dedication of USP professors, students and employees. USP, as the major institution of higher learning and research in Brazil, is responsible for educating a large part of Brazilian Masters and Ph.D’s. On our site, you can find information about our structure, ways of entrance and services offered to the foreign community.

The University of São Paulo offers undergraduate and graduate programs in all areas of knowledge. These are Stricto Sensu courses offering Master’s and Ph.D degrees and their objective is to form highly qualified human resources for teaching, research and scientific and technological development. The graduate programs may be offered by a single teaching unit, in the fields of biological, exact or human sciences and/or by various units (called inter-unit courses) or even various different institutions of higher education (called inter-institutional courses).

USP is a Partner of the Butantan Institute, the major vaccine manufacturer of Brazil, which is an associated Partner of the LIVE. 

Updated 2015/10/24