The Communauté du savoir (CdS), or Knowledge Community in English, has been able to rely on a network of committed partners since the outset of the cross-border project. In addition to the project leaders, and the University of Franche-Comté, the CdS includes the following academic establishments acting as key stakeholders:

  • National Engineering Institute of Mechanics and Microtechnology (ENSMM),
  • Arc Engineering High School (HE-Arc),
  • Vaud School of Management and Engineering (HEIG-VD)
  • Pedagogic High School - BEJUNE (HEP-BEJUNE)
  • University of Franche-Comté (UFC),
  • University of Neuchâtel (UniNE),
  • University of Technology in Belfort-Montbéliard (UTBM)

The CdS has also established links with the journal En Direct as a result of convergent themes, target audiences, partners/co-funders and regions concerned. 

The network of CdS partners may eventually be expanded. is a Swiss private non-profit organisation founded in 2008 working in the cantons of Berne, Jura, Neuchâtel and Vaud. It acts as the lead for the Swiss side of the CdS project. It has also played an active role in founding the CdS through the Conférence TransJurassienne in which it is a stakeholder. Today, it contributes to deployment of the CdS by allocating financial and human resources while actively participating in the project's governance. missions:

> strengthen cross-border cooperation in the Jura Arc
> coordinate implementation of the France-Switzerland Interreg programme throughout the Swiss side
> develop consultation processes covering all of the Swiss Jura Arc. is therefore a key player in the regional development of the Jura Arc. It contributes to its growth at federal, inter-canton and cross-border level.

Rue de la Paix 13
CH-2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds
Tel. +41 32 889 76 05

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The University of Franche-Comté (UFC) is a multidisciplinary, small-scale university located in five of the region's towns: Besançon, Belfort, Montbéliard, Vesoul and Lons-le-Saunier.It acts as the lead for the French side of the CdS project.

 The university offers teaching in all key subjects: fundamental and applied sciences, health, technology, arts, languages, language sciences, human and social sciences, sports science, law, economics and management.

 A vast choice of courses is available, with the possibility of taking all types of European qualification: two-year technical qualifications, bachelor's degrees, vocational bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, doctorates and engineering degrees.

 On all courses, teaching content is closely related to the research activities of the university's laboratories.

 UFC also has lots to offer in terms of leisure, sporting and cultural activities, as well as playing an active community service role.


Contact details 

University of Franche-Comté
Maison de l’Université
1 rue Claude Goudimel
25030 Besançon cedex
 +33 (0)3 81 66 66 66


National Engineering Institute of Mechanics and Microtechnology (ENSMM)

ENSMM is a state-run higher education and research college in Besançon offering multidisciplinary engineering courses with a strong focus on mechatronic systems and microsystems.

Accredited by the French Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research, its degree has been recognised by the Commission des Titres d'Ingénieur (French engineering accreditation institution) since 1934.

ENSMM in figures
>    832 students in 2014-2015

>    3 engineering degrees taught as an initial qualification, through apprenticeship or continuing training

>    6 master's degrees

>   13 double degrees taught in conjunction with foreign colleges or universities

>    44 international cooperation agreements

>    86 temporary students through exchange programmes

>    250 graduates a year

>    17% of all students are female

>    27% of 2014 graduates in international posts

>    29% of alumni employed in the transport industry

>    5,751 ENSMM engineers in jobs around the world

    €18m consolidated budget in 2014
>    4 Institut FEMTO-ST research departments are housed at ENSMM or in the immediate vicinity

>    €2m and over in research contracts per year

>    24,269 m² of facilities for education, research and technology transfer, and social and cultural activities.



HE-Arc has just under 3,000 students, lecturers and employees on its main campus in Neuchâtel, in Delémont and in its applied research and development institutes in the Bernese Jura and Neuchâtel mountains.


Guided by a philosophy of innovation, creativity, dynamism and transparency, it pursues the four key missions entrusted to colleges of higher education by the Swiss Confederation:

>    Bachelor's and master's degrees

>    Continuing training

>    Applied research and development, and provision of services

>  International relations.

Thanks to the specialist expertise of its teaching staff, the diversity of its courses and the quality of its facilities, the Arc Engineering Higher School (HE-Arc) is a recognised player and privileged partner in industrial, political, academic and institutional settings. A unique triple-canton college and educational hub in northern French-speaking Switzerland for the HES-SO, the Arc Engineering Higher School (HE-Arc) offers courses in four areas: conservation and restoration, management, engineering and health.

An attractive campus

Opened in 2011, the main campus is close to Neuchâtel station, a few minutes from a lively town centre and the banks of the lake. It allows students and staff from the institution's four areas of education and research to mix in a healthy and stimulating intellectual environment.

The new Delémont campus and the college's various research units and competence groups located in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Le Locle and Saint-Imier add further weight to the regional foundations of the institution. In September 2015, more than 3,000 students chose to take courses at Arc Engineering High School (HE-Arc).

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The Vaud School of Management and Engineering (HEIG-VD) offers specialist bachelor's and master's degrees in engineering and economics as well as postgraduate courses.


With more than 2,000 students, it is the largest specialist college of higher education in western Switzerland (HES-SO).


Its 13 applied research and development institutes are managed and promoted by the Centre d'Etudes et de Transferts Technologiques (CETT).

>    High-level courses in business economics and engineering

>    Constant adaptation of its courses of study

>   An ideal geographical location 40 km from Lausanne and spread over 3 sites: St-Roch, Cheseaux and Y-Parc

>    Ongoing exploration of the relationship between theoretical knowledge and its application 

>   Strong connections between students and the world of work, through its Career Center

>    A particular focus on the transfer of knowledge between the college and economic environments

>    Active involvement of engineers and economists from HEIG-VD institutes and laboratories in the economy and industry through the development of new products, innovative solutions and management practices

>   A strong culture of mobility

Contact details  

HEIG-VD is located over three sites in Yverdon
Route de Cheseaux 
Centre St-Roch 

Main address: 
Route de Cheseaux 1
CH-1401 Yverdon-les-Bains
+41 (0)24 557 63 30

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Officially opened in August 2001, the Pedagogic High School - BEJUNE (HEP-BEJUNE) is training teachers from Berne, Jura and Neuchâtel counties. The creation of the HEP-BEJUNE was born from the fusion of several counties institutions.
This higher school is located over three sites : Bienne, Delémont and La Chaux-de-Fonds. It employs nearly 180 collaborators.

The HEP-BEJUNE embodies 4 great missions :

>    Teachers training

>    Research on teaching methods

>    Services for public local actors in Berne, Jura and Neuchâtel counties

>    Local, national and international exchange and reputation

Contact details  

HEP-BEJUNE is located over three sites in Bienne, Delémont and La Chaux-de-Fonds

Main address: 
Route de Moutier 14
CH-2800 Delémont
+41 (0)844 886 996

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A small-scale university with an international reputation, the University of Neuchâtel offers its students a high-quality education.

It welcomes just under 4,400 students from Switzerland and elsewhere (almost 20% are foreign students) and offers euro-compatible bachelor's and master's degrees in high-tech and innovative areas to meet society's current needs. 
Ideally located halfway between Geneva and Zürich in the centre of Europe, the University of Neuchâtel is a perfect place to study or engage in high-level research in an idyllic setting between the lake and mountains. 

In Neuchâtel, students and researchers work and study in the town centre on a number of sites within a small geographical area, which helps to create a unique spirit of community and dialogue, particularly between new students and more experienced ones. 

Contact details

Avenue du 1er-Mars 26
CH - 2000 Neuchâtel
Tel.: +41 32 718 10 00



UTBM educates engineers for rapid entry to the jobs market, ensuring they are particularly adaptable to changes in technology and society. Its courses are based on research activities and their commercial exploitation.

Founded in 1999, UTBM is a state-run scientific, cultural and professional institution. A member of the technology universities network, it was created from the merger of two higher education establishments: the National Engineering School in Belfort (1962) and Institut Polytechnique de Sevenans (branch of the University of Technology in Compiègne (UTC) set up in Sevenans in 1985).

Its principal is Pascal Brochet and the administrative board is chaired by Sylvain Allano.

Contact details

University of Technology in Belfort-Montbéliard
90010 Belfort Cedex 
+33 (0)3 84 58 30 00


En direct, the research and technology transfer journal of the Jura Arc

Founded in 1987, the journal is an important communication and popularisation tool in the Jura Arc and covers the themes of research (fundamental and applied), higher education and technology transfer and innovation. It has an external readership of around 4,300 people who receive it in paper format (of which approximately 80% are in France and 15% in Switzerland). The journal is also disseminated electronically and is available online. 


The editorial committee is made up of representatives from a variety of organisations and includes most CdS institutions: UFC, UTBM, ENSMM, UNINE and HE-ARC. The areas covered by the journal and the CdS within the Franco-Swiss Jura Arc are similar. There is also convergence in terms of target audiences. As a result, collaboration with the CdS was felt to be appropriate. 


To view previous editions of the journal and subscribe, please visit the website.