Partner universities

Many university students contribute to developing the ideas of the Forum d’Avignon - their articles, interviews et perspectives are featured in our publications.

The think-tank wished to complement its network of experts and professionals by involving students and their professors from varied international universities in its work. Around a hundred students were invited each year to the International meetings of the Forum d’Avignon.

The students are associated with the ideas and the International meetings

All year round, the team of the Forum d’Avignon hold conferences in universities to raise students’ awareness of the issues traversing culture and the economy. Moreover, students regularly write articles for the Forum d’Avignon’s website Culture is Future.

And every year since 2008:

  • Debates at the Université d’Avignon

The Forum d’Avignon organizes, partnering with the University of Avignon and the pays du Vaucluse, a session of debates at the University that gathers numerous participants and more than 300 students.

  • Masterclass by chefs for the students at the école hôtelière

Chefs of international renown, come volontarily to share their passion with the students of the école hôtelière d’Avignon (Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Vaucluse).

 Forum d'Avignon @Bordeaux

Meetings in Avignon




The ESSEC Media & Entertainment Chair is a research and teaching chair established from a partnership between ESSEC and Société Générale, Orange group and Les Echos daily newspapers. It brings together ESSEC  professors and sector professionals, whose combined skills form a bridge between the world of research and management education and the media and cultural sectors. Its missions are to train high-potential managers of the future in the sector specificities and the businesses it encompasses, develop research for analyzing sector fundamentals, reflecting on problematic areas and anticipating trends and develop monitoring and observation activities.

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The articles CULTURE IS FUTURE of the students of ESSEC

The development of bundles in culture: a source of revenue ?

Always Further - Nightingales and serendipity

Always Further - Manolosanctis : a new way forward for the digital publishing industry



University of Bologna

The University of Bologna has a long tradition of research and teaching in many fields. The department of Management is active in teaching business administration, from undergraduate to the PhD level, and doing research. Within the department, a group of scholars share a strong interest in the management of arts organization. The Department collaborates with the School of Economics in offering the GIOCA - Graduate degree in Innovation and Organization of Culture and the Arts.

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The articles CULTURE IS FUTURE of the students of the university of Bologna

DEBATES 2011 - Referencing, prescription of cultural contents - Europeana, can you help me find the right cultural information?

Always Further - Increasing Understanding and Visibility of Cultural Heritage: the role of ICT



University of Avignon


A partner of the Forum d’Avignon since its launching in 2008, the University of Avignon and Vaucluse is an autonomous French University. A ‘scientific, cultural and professional’ Public Institution, it welcomes more than 7000 students, from Bachelor to Phd, and counts around 15 research centers.

The research activities of the University of Avignon lean on two major scientific axis, constituting its identity fundamentally linked to its history and environment: Agrosciences / Sciences and Culture / Heritage.

The University of Avignon also gathers four training and research units (UFR-ip), an institute of technology (IUT) and a center of computer research and studies (CERI).

Visit the website of the University of Avignon.


Article - When the internet user becomes the expert

Article - The Ij is pronounced Eye in Amsterdam

Always further - Partnership between the University of Avignon and the Forum d'Avignon 

Always further – Walking creative

Always further - when art becomes digital

Always further - Festival Elektra / Montréal

Always further - music labels

Always further - Gourmet's second life

Article - The Paulilles bay: a bet on culture

Article - Art is peace

Article - Serbia: Where is culture going?

Always further - When video game becomes art

Article – Lascaux, even bigger, and more available !

Article - The Knitting Street : a women revolution in the world of Street Art

Always further - When a circulating exhibition recreates an imaginary world

Article - Culture : a game matter

Article - SantralIstanbul : an international platform for arts, culture and education

Article – The Transe Express Company: when the imagination rises up

Article - Camarguaise bull race and taurine traditions of Provence and Languedoc, between popular culture and promotion of the territory


School of journalism and communication of Marseille 

Founded in 1982, the School of Journalism and Communication of Marseille, located in the heart of Marseille, is since 1989 an autonomous component of the University of the Mediterranean Aix-Marseille II. Recognized by the National Committee for the Employment of journalists through its specialty Journalism, the School trains in all areas of Communications and Information Technology and delivers Master level University degrees. Its research center contributes to educational innovation and enables the pursuit of doctoral studies. The EJCM aims to meet the needs of the information and knowledge society. The formation offer, initial and ongoing, covers a wide range of skills matching the needs and evolutions of journalism, new media, and communication, related to the development of information technology.

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ESC Dijon

Founded in 1889, the group ESC Dijon-Bourgogne is a school of teaching and research which belong to the network of the best French academic institutions specialized in management. Since 1990, the group ESC Dijon Bourgogne put its experience and its networks at the disposal of the fields of culture and creative industries. The MECIC pole (management of the cultural businesses and the creative industries) offers two trainings: the MS MECIC (Management of the cultural businesses and the creative industries), handed out in Paris, and the Master in Business, specialization Culture and creative industries in the program Grande Ecole, in Dijon. This high-level formation is very selective, focuses on the professions of “institutional culture” and adapts to the new challenges of the creative industries. We find the creative industries in many fields: luxury industries, gastronomy, events, online creative services … in a complex world with the multiplication of media and foundations, the future managers of these cultural sectors must have a broader vision.

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The articles CULTURE IS FUTURE of the students of ESC Dijon


Always Further - Promote a sustainable cultural tourism in sub-Saharan Africa

Always Further - Hephaistus or the end of the Antikythira Mechanism mysteries

Always Further - PHŒNIX TV, international strategy of chinese television

Always Further - Gorée, opportunities and dangers of a "showcase" island of Senegal

Always further – Virtual museum

Always Further - Expo, a festival of cultural events!


Ecole hôtelière d’Avignon

Since 1968, the Hotel School of Avignon welcomes young and older students of all levels training them for careers in Hospitality with a key objective: meeting the needs of professionals.
The EHA proposes a choice of 18 vocational programs combining theory and practice, initial training and apprenticeship, from vocational qualifications to professional license. Our Education department also offers a wide range of courses for amateurs as well as experienced professionals who wish to update or enhance their knowledge by taking advantage of our facilities at the cutting edge of technology.
The Hotel School of Avignon has more than 1,000 students, apprentices and students, 70% choosing to be trainees.


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Freie Universität Berlin

Freie Universität Berlin is a full-spectrum university, comprising twelve departments and three Central Institutes that together offer more than 150 different academic programs in a broad range of disciplines. It was founded in 1948 by professors and students in the American Sector in Berlin. The idea of founding a free university found widespread support in the international community, including financial support. This outpouring of aid helped pave the way for Freie Universität to become a university with an outstanding international reputation. The principles of freedom and internationality have guided the university’s development ever since.

Freie Universität is one of the eleven universities to have been successful in all three lines of funding in the German government's Excellence Initiative in 2012. The main features of Freie Universität’s research activities include the broad variety of global academic and scientific cooperation arrangements in place as part of alliance projects and networks with other entities active in research, alongside the university’s innovative support concepts for junior scholars and scientists.

The Institute for Communication and Media studies at Freie Universität Berlin is dedicated to the various aspects of human and public communication. Nine divisions of the institute provide theoretical background and empirical knowledge in journalism, organizational communication, media content and effects, communication policy, media economics, media psychology, history of communication, international communication and social science research methods. Students learn about institutions, structures, and processes of communication as well as the media’s political and social function in present and past.

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The articles CULTURE IS FUTURE of the students of the Freie Universität

Article - Wanna get Amen? Reflections on the culture of opining in social networks


Sciences Po – Ecole de la communication

The digital revolution is perceived as a chance for the communication sector, as it affects the cultural, political, economic and social functioning of our societies. With revolution also comes opportunity. This new era in communication offers an exceptional opportunity for Sciences Po. A reference in the social sciences and communication worlds, Sciences Po is poised as a leading authority on the areas of communication that are particularly affected by these changes. It is from the desire to restructure the way communication is taught (i.e. a new approach that balances academics and professionalism), that the School of Communication was born. It is a program rooted in social sciences, yet it also fuses imagination, creativity and digital skills, in order to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving sector. It is the School of Communication’s unique approach to education and its international make up that ensure its students a successful future in all fields of communication.

Participation to the 2011 working groups

In the framework of the partnership between Sciences-Po Paris and le Forum d’Avignon, the students participated in the different working groups of the laboratory of ideas.   

The articles CULTURE IS FUTURE of the students of Sciences Po

Report - International Influence

Report - Emphasis on The Crowdfunding

Report - The Power of Artists

Article - Artists with a point of view: from Georges Rousse to Rub Kandy

Article - Acceleration and Culture, an introduction to Hartmut Rosa’s theory of Acceleration in the cultural sphere

Article - Slow down, you are at the museum

Always further - After the revolution, the relieving of the Tunisian culture

Article - a strong culture for China?

Article - Artist Chris Burdens gives a frenzied vision of tomorrow’s metropolis


Kaos Pilots Aarhus

The Kaospilots is an international school situated in Aarhus Denmark. It provides a three years education programme, equivalent to a bachelor, for students from all over the world. The students are educated in four disciplines: Creative Business Design; Creative Leadership Design; Creative Project Design; Creative Process Design. The students learn how to build a viable business according to their and clients visions and values, they learn how to be leaders, and how to initiate and execute creative and sustainable projects, as well as design and conduct change processes for different clients. The ambitious vision for the Kaospilots is to be the best school for the world by always considering what the world needs and has potential for at any given time, and balancing this with the needs and potential of the individual. The purpose of the KaosPilot School is to create positive societal change through personal growth and enterprise. In short: The education aims at creating the frames where young, creative minds become leaders.

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The articles CULTURE IS FUTURE of the students of the Kaos Pilots

Article - 100 in 1 day

Always Further - Some personal thoughts on what culture is actually about

Always Further - Culture as a vector of change


Ecole Polytechnique

The Ecole Polytechnique, mainly internationalized (30% of the students, 18% of the researchers and teachers), associates research, education and innovation at the best scientific and technological level. Its formation promotes a culture of excellence mainly scientific, open in a strong humanistic tradition. Through its three cycles – engineer, master and doctorate – the Ecole Polytechnique trains responsible women and men, able to conduct complex and innovating activities, in order to meet the challenges of the society of the 21st Century. With its 21 laboratories, coeducation research units with the CNRS, the research center of the Ecole Polytechnique works at the frontiers of knowledge, on the major scientific, technological and societal interdisciplinary challenges.


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Université de Genève

Founded in 1559, the University of Geneva is currently the second largest university in Switzerland and is frequently ranked amongst the top 60 universities worldwide. Created in 1999, University of Geneva's Communication Sciences, Media and Journalism Institute underwent significant changes in 2012. Known today as Medi@LAB-Genève, its research focuses on recent developments in the domain of digital media and economics. Medi@LAB-Genève's director, Professor Patrick-Yves Badillo, worked previously at the University of Aix-Marseille and the University of Grenoble. Medi@LAB-Genève runs a two-year Masters' program that prepares students for jobs in the communications sector, in particular for jobs that use new Internet communication technologies. Medi@LAB-Genève works closely with international partners in the city of Geneva, such as the United Nations and the CERN, as well as with research universities and has close partnerships with Columbia University in New York and the University of Paris-Dauphine


Visite the website of the Université de Genève



INDACO - Politecnico Milan

On the 1st January 2002 the Department of Industrial Design, Arts, Communication and Fashion INDACO was created within the Politecnico di Milano.

INDACO's mission is to promote innovation, development and transfer of design culture and methodologies in the socio-economic system. It represents the main exponent of Politecnico’s design expertise and capability.

INDACO has created a cluster of laboratories suitable both for didactic experimentation and for specialist research. They represent the greatest world center supporting research and didactics in design process.


INDACO’s educational objectives:

  • to support the School of Design and other national and international Faculties and Universities in the development of their educational programs;
  • to collaborate (at International and National level) with other Universities and other public and private subjects in order to develop educational initiatives


INDACO’s research objectives:

  • to act as a place of theoretical, critical, scientific, and cultural debate about the relationship between design & industry, and design & society;
  • to create a system of multidisciplinary connections with the whole range of the scientific and technical skills


INDACO Design Department adopts an organizational model based on the UdRD Research and Didactics Units.

  • Advanced Design
  • Communication Design
  • Design for Cultural Heritage
  • Design and Innovation for Sustainability
  • Design Representation
  • Design Strategy
  • Fashion & Textile Design
  • Industrial Design and Engineering for Innovation
  • Interiors Design
  • Researches for Ergonomics and Design
  • Technology Design for Health Care

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The articles CULTURE IS FUTURE of the students of the university of Bologna

How the logic of sharing could change the way we design cultural system

Go digital and move for real, taking city spaces

Design culture as fertile ground for entrepreneurship


Università Bocconi


Università Bocconi was founded in 1902 and became the first Italian institution of higher education to grant a degree in economics. Today, Bocconi is a research university of international standing in business, economics, finance and law. Its study programs, both in Italian and English, run from Bachelor to PhD level and include courses that bridge the gaps between economics and cultural areas such as fashion, the arts and marketing. For post-experience management education Bocconi started the SDA Bocconi School of Management in 1971, which offers MBA and Specialized Master programs, in addition to Executive Education for companies and institutions.

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The think-tank adds to its international experts and artists a network of students and professors, from international universities associating them to different projects.

 In 2012, the Forum d’Avignon was partner of international universities:

 école des hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales – PhD School • Hotel School of Avignon • école de Journalisme et de Communication de Marseille • ESA Avignon • ESSEC • INSEAD • Sciences Po Paris • Sciences Po Aix • The Kaospilots • University of Avignon • University  of Bologna • Freie Universität Berlin • Politecnico Milan

Every year since 2008, 100 students are invited to the international meetings of the Forum d’Avignon.

Students associated to the reflection works

All year long, the team of the Forum d’Avignon intervenes in universities and increases their awareness on cultural and economic stakes. Students regularly write articles published by the Forum d’Avignon.

Debate at the university of Avignon

The Forum d’Avignon organizes, in partnership with the university of Avignon, a session of debates at the university gathering the attendees of the Forum and more than 500 students and participants.

Masterclass of chefs to the students of Hotel School

 Every year, international starred chefs, voluntarily transmit their passion to the students of the hotel school of Avignon (Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Vaucluse).