Published on 11 October 2017
International

Université Paris-Saclay welcomed 260 Academic Achievers from South Africa at EDF Lab in Palaiseau.

Université Paris-Saclay welcomed 260 Academic Achievers from South Africa along with their teachers at EDF Lab in Palaiseau. The group of pupils, first of their class, was welcomed by the president of ENS Paris-Saclay, Pierre-Paul Zalio, the vice-president of international relations at Université Paris-Sud, Sandrine Lacombe, and the director of international relations of Université Paris-Saclay, Guillaume Garreta.

 

Academic Achievers Tour

Every year, the best high schools pupils of South Africa are rewarded for their academic achievements with a trip to several universities abroad within the framework of an Academic Achievers Tour. Following Stuttgart University – Institut für Sozialwissenschaften, the Graduate Institute of International Development Studies in Geneva, and the ETH polytechnic school in Zurich, the pupils went to Université Paris-Saclay, their last stop and high point of their trip with the awards ceremony.

 

A morning of talks

First speaker of the morning, the president of ENS Paris-Saclay invited the audience to think about the close and fragile ties that link science and democracy. Following his talk, Guillaume Garreta presented Université Paris-Saclay and the extraordinary training and research opportunities offered by its ecosystem. The vice-president of international relations at Université Paris-Sud brought the morning presentations to a close by talking about the advantages of a university experience in Europe, and in particular at Université Paris-Saclay.

 

The morning of presentations, interspersed with the many questions asked by the pupils, was concluded with an awards ceremony. Although symbolic, the diplomas handed out are a testimony to the efforts made by the pupils, obviously just as moved as their teachers on this occasion. Following the ceremony, the participants then gathered around a festive buffet which was the opportunity for more discussions before the pupils’ departure for the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie and the Muséum national d’histoire naturelle in Paris.

 

The president of ENS Paris-Saclay talking to the academic achievers

The academic achievers with, in the first row, and from left to right, Catherine Stephan-Evain, director of international relations at ENS Paris-Saclay, Lauren Granie, project coordinator for communications at Université Paris-Sud, Martine Husson, deputy director of international relations at Université Paris-Saclay, Sandrine Lacombe, vice-president of international relations at Université Paris-Sud, Guillaume Garreta, director of international relations at Université Paris-Saclay, Sergueï Shikalov, coordinator for international projects at Université Paris-Saclay, Rosemary MacGillivray, project coordinator for international delegations at Université Paris-Saclay