Université Paris-Saclay held a press conference on 19 February 2019, the purpose of which was to present its first major achievements. This was also the day when the leaders of 14 institutions, together with Université Paris-Saclay President Sylvie Retailleau, shared their enthusiasm for the project.
Sylvie RETAILLEAU, Université Paris-Saclay President
Gilles TRYSTRAM, AgroParisTech General Director
Alain BUI, Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines President
Patrick CURMI, Université d’Évry President
Jean-Louis MARTIN, Institut d’Optique Graduate School Director
Alain SARFATI, Université Paris-Sud President
Romain SOUBEYRAN, CentraleSupélec President
Pierre-Paul ZALIO, ENS Paris-Saclay President
Vincent BERGER, CEA Director of Fundamental Research
Jean-Yves BERTHOU, Inria Saclay – Île-de-France Research Centre Director
Gilles BLOCH, Inserm Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Jacques LAFAYE, Special Advisor to the Chairman of Onera
Philippe MAUGUIN, INRA President
Alain SCHUHL, CNRS Chief Research Officer
Emmanuel ULLMO, IHES Director
AgroParisTech hosted this press conference. Many journalists came to hear what Université Paris-Saclay President Sylvie Retailleau and the leaders of 14 institutions had to say.
The following points were covered:
- Background and progress
- International strengths
- Research policy
- Graduate Schools and Departments
- Bachelor level studies
- Partnerships with industry
- A multi-campus area
- Student life: three major projects and one unique identity
Building a world-class university focused on research
The leaders of the Université Paris-Saclay member institutions have set themselves the target of building Université Paris-Saclay by 1 January 2020. This full-service university will be created as part of the experimental program set out in the so-called “Trust law” (N° 2018/727). It will then continue to evolve during the whole of the experimental period, ending in 2029.
The shared aim is to build a world-class university focused on research, one that has a powerful brand and draws on each of its member institutions’ mission and strategies.
Research and training: Graduate Schools
The University’s strategy will set the direction for research and training. It will do this to increase knowledge and to address seven societal challenges, which take into account national and European strategies:
1. Health and well-being
2. Energy, climate, environment, sustainable development
3. Biodiversity, agriculture and food
4. Digital transformation and artificial intelligence (AI)
5. Transport and mobility
6. Aeronautics and space
7. Industrial renewal
To that end, Université Paris-Saclay relies on Graduate Schools. They provide the foundation on which Master’s and doctoral programs are developed and research and innovation projects are designed. This structure will apply to the three major fields covered by the University: Lifesciences and health, Science and engineering, Humanities and social sciences.
Bachelor level studies
One of the challenges for the new university is the way in which Bachelor degree programs will be structured. The proposal is two-fold : selective double-degrees based on multidisciplinary degrees (« licences » in French) and the creation of the Paris-Saclay Undergraduate School, which combines unidisciplinary, technical and vocational degrees accessible to students from a range of backgrounds and that meet the needs of each individual student.