Published on 9 May 2017

The Provost and President of Trinity College Dublin (TCD) visited Université Paris-Saclay on 25 April.

The Provost and President of Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Dr. Patrick Prendergast, along with Bursar and Director of Strategic Innovation, Prof. Veronica Campbell, and Chief Innovation and Enterprise Officer, Dr. Diarmuid O’Brien visited Université Paris-Saclay on 25 April. They were hosted in the morning by Gilles Bloch, the President of Université Paris-Saclay, the Director of International Relations, Guillaume Garreta, along with the Director of Innovation and Industrial relations, Tania di Gioia, and Mikaël Contrastin, Technology Transfer Project Team Manager at the Technology Transfer Acceleration Company. 

Having recently joined the prestigious League of European Research Universities - LERU, of which Université Paris-Sud is a member, the delegation from Trinity College Dublin was hosted in the afternoon at Université Paris-Sud by its President, Sylvie Retailleau, the Vice-President for International Relations, Sandrine Lacombe, along with Pascal Corbel, Vice-president for University Entreprise Relations & Lifelong Learning, Etienne Augé, Vice-President for Research and Innovation, and Jean-François Pône, LERU Senior Officer. 

Located at the heart of the Irish capital, Trinity College Dublin is a research-intensive university surrounded by major American company headquarters, giving the university direct access to talent and employment opportunities. As such, Trinity College Dublin is keen to further develop research and student entrepreneurship. The delegation was thus interested to discover how entrepreneurship is implemented in concrete terms at Université Paris-Saclay, as well as the role of the Technology Transfer Acceleration Company and, not least, the scope of the Paris-Saclay cluster project.

Internationally-oriented (26% of its students were from abroad in 2015-2016), representing 50% of Ireland’s ERC grants, and with France as its top exchange partner, Trinity College Dublin is keen to share experiences with Université Paris-Saclay on European exchange programmes and to facilitate the implementation of future double degree agreements. More specifically with Université Paris-Sud, Trinity College Dublin would like to develop further student mobility and share mutual experiences in the education programmes dedicated to entrepreneurship.