When the University of Pau also plays the sobriety card

With a cost of more than one and a half million euros, after 6 months of work, it focused primarily on tending to more than…

With a cost of more than one and a half million euros, after 6 months of work, the focus was primarily on moving towards greater energy sobriety, especially since these are sixty-year-old buildings.

“The first that was built here”, assures Fabrice Pezziardi, director of Clous (university and school work center) in Pau and the Adour countries, who this Wednesday received Claudio Galderisi, vice-rector for N. -Aquitaine for higher education, research and innovation.

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Reading, writing, counting… In France, this learning begins during the first years of school, when the brain is particularly “plastic”, as neuroscientists say. This means that it is able to “adjust itself to create, cancel and reorganize its neural networks”, describes the Federation for Brain Research (FRCNeurodon). This neuroplasticity is the key to learning.

A saving of 57% is expected.

Specifically, in these very energy-intensive locations, an increase in primary energy consumption of 57% is now expected after the completion of the works, which mainly concerned the building, as well as ventilation and lighting equipment. Replaced exterior carpentry, asbestos-free site, replaced doors, windows and light fixtures: nothing was forgotten about the 3000 m2 of the university restaurant, all that remains is to create an outdoor terrace.

At the Cap Sud restaurant, at the university.

At the Cap Sud restaurant, at the university.


But apart from the absolute necessity to consume less from now on, this rehabilitation aims to improve the quality of life of students. Especially those whose purchasing power suffers.

Therefore, and although it has been in place since 2020, the (full) meal system offered for €1 attracted no less than “120,000 students – 180,000 all places together” during the previous academic year, says Fabrice with satisfaction. Pezziardi, who noted the “massive membership” of fellows and the most insecure.

A 20% increase in traffic is also expected, especially since “Cap Sud” also offers evening restaurant services.

Money from “France Relance”

None of this would be possible without subsidies from the France Relance plan, which in this case is for thermal recovery. The extremely well-served (EUR 250 million) regional Crous of Bordeaux has deployed 8 projects in the regional territory, including the Pau project.

Rector Claudio Galderisi, during his visit accompanied by Eden Vian-Martin, UPPA vice-president responsible for student life, of course did not miss the opportunity to remind the measures of the state and its supervisory ministry.

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“As we see here in Pau, in this very committed university, the local centers (Clous) play an increasingly important role in relation to the well-being of students,” he insisted, without recalling the various measures in force in terms of “social support, purchasing forces etc. »

UPPA and CNRS: bound by agreement

Laurent Bordes, president of the university, and Antoine Petit, president of CNRS, signed a “specific five-year partnership agreement” for the first time this Wednesday. It aims, as both parties say, to “implement (by 2027) a common science policy”, mainly through five missions.

Signing of the agreement between UPPA and CNRS.

Signing of the agreement between UPPA and CNRS.


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