Posted September 16, 2022 2:47 p.mUpdated September 19, 2022 at 10:41 am
The aborted merger with the University of Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, the resignation of his predecessor for health reasons… In 2018, Jean-Luc Dubois-Randé took over the reins of the University of Paris-Est Créteil (Upec) in a context of instability. On Wednesday, September 7, he was re-elected for a second four-year term as university president with 28 of 32 votes.
The former dean of the Faculty of Medicine in Upc takes away a “positive evaluation” from his first term of office. “We gave Úpec a strong identity and managed to get it back on the track of trust,” he believes. The president of the university announces the launch of the Erasmus program, a transformational project that aims to make it “a committed reference university in its territory and in France” in ten years.
Alliance of European Universities
This transformation concerns, for example, the offer of education or research subjects. For this project, the establishment will receive 21.2 million euros as part of the call for project submissions announced by the state. In May, Upec also joined the Aurora Alliance of European Universities as an associate member with the aim of becoming a full member soon.
Jean-Luc Dubois-Randé’s first term will also be marked by the coronavirus pandemic and its implications for student health and insecurity. In order to deal with this, the company mainly introduced testing and vaccination campaigns. Food baskets for pupils were also distributed.
11th IEP of France in Fontainebleau
For the next four years, the newly elected president wants to work on the establishment of various campuses of the university. Among the emblematic places is Fontainebleau, where Upec established his school of political studies, which will become the 11th.e Institute of Political Studies (IEP) in France in 2023. “In Vitry-sur-Seine we will have a spectacular campus around IT, artificial intelligence and health within the Chérioux domain”, adds Jean-Luc Dubois-Rande.
In Créteil, according to the president, “the campuses of the different districts will emerge strongly”: in the Echat district there will be an interaction between health, law and science, while the Mail des Mèches will focus on the “world of business”. and management’. Also in Créteil, Upec should open a house of humanities as part of the L’Arbre de vie project, a green residential building with a futuristic appearance, which will be accompanied by offices and shops.
“Response to tomorrow’s employability”
In terms of training, the university will work with businesses and local authorities to see how “certain training courses can meet the employability of tomorrow”, for example through more cross-cutting approaches. International mobility will be increasingly included in vocational training.
Apprenticeships, one of Upec’s distinguishing features – the company even created its own apprenticeship center in 2021 – will continue to develop: the goal is to go from 3,000 work-study students to 5,000 within a five-year horizon, mainly by strengthening work-study programs at the master’s , doctoral and international level.