Rising energy prices affect all parts of society, including universities. This caused an uproar in Strasbourg on Monday when it announced the closure of its premises for the next two weeks this winter. The minister of higher education, Sylvie Retailleau, responded to franceinfo with a challenge on Tuesday avoid “return to distance”.
Teaching and research must be efficient “exemplary” according to Sylvie Retailleau, who also claims that the young people themselves “growth on everything that is an ecological transition”. But this turning point must not take place “at the expense of students”.
These teachings must be held firmly in the face – Sylvie Retailleau, Minister of Higher Education
No question “penalize teaching” for the ministerwe are coming from the Covid era. We must keep these lessons in our faces”. Neither should an energy sobriety plan “at the expense of contributions”not really “at the expense of major projects”.
Hard to find a balance. Sylvie Retailleau cites short-term measures: “Set the heating to 19 degrees, specifically install thermostats, of course (…) think about the building, renovations“He promises“support of all our devices”.
Students will toast to unions
but Unefthe second largest student union in France, was critical during Tuesday’s back-to-school press briefing about 19 degrees at universities: “Teachers will be teaching in emergency blankets and students will be shivering in the cold. You cannot succeed in studies in such conditions.”“.
In Strasbourg, AES (Strasbourg student alternative) called the measures announced by the president of the university“selfish and demeaning to students”.
In addition to the teaching itself, the issue of the utility bill also affects research centers, “big consumers of electricity. In this case, “short-term measures are certainly also restrictive measures” acknowledges Sylvie Retailleau.
Strasbourg is not the only university that has announced measures to reduce its energy bill. According to franceinfo, classes in Lille have already been suspended. In Rouen, the internship period for students could be moved to this winter. Here, too, the goal is to limit personal hours when it is coldest.