gradual renovation, the premises are too small, the area is unfinished…

The Sorbonne-Nouvelle University is bursting everywhere. On Monday, September 12, during the pre-entry meeting in the amphitheater, a several-kilo wooden ledge installed at a height of 2 meters collapsed on a bachelor student – luckily she was not injured. This week, photos from “beam” the fall from the wall circulated in the news and on social media, causing some commotion among staff and students. “Since then, all the elements have been reconnected. But that is absolutely unacceptable.”comments university president Jamil Jean-Marc Dakhlia.

The campus is completely new. The Sorbonne-Nouvelle (ex-Paris-III, known as “Censier”) just left its dilapidated and asbestos-covered buildings in the Latin Quarter to move this summer to a gorgeous, colorful 26,000 square meter complex designed by the star architect Christian de Portzamparc. , next to the Place de la Nation. But since then, difficulties have been piling up at the institution, which has 17,000 students specializing in languages, culture and literature. To the extent that at the beginning of September, a two-week postponement of the start of the school year was voted (for most students it will take place on October 3), because they did not have time to finalize the schedules. Students were informed at the last minute. During the whole year, one of these two weeks is compensated, the other is lost.

Badly managed site

This unusual situation stems from serious internal organizational difficulties associated with a poorly managed side where ups and downs piled up. Although these new premises are beautiful, they are too small – the university has thirty fewer rooms than last year. However, this problem, which has been reported by employee representatives for several years, was managed to be minimized by the Ministry and university leaders, who called for a better optimization of the use of rooms… They found themselves at the wall, in the month of June. In addition, two large amphitheatres are ultimately unusable due to structural defects and cannot be occupied this year. As well as a sprawling auditorium. Also, if the university restaurant will operate, the buffet will not be open from the beginning of the school year.

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Just before the summer, it was announced that the entire series of courses (mainly lectures for undergraduate students) would go online for the beginning of the school year due to the lack of available rooms. At the beginning of September, the entire other section of teaching (especially languages) was switched to the first semester. For many students, the volume of hours spent on the computer could reach 40% this semester.

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