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Université Paris-Saclay launches a new Foundation

University Article published on 14 November 2023 , Updated on 14 November 2023

Université Paris-Saclay is launching a new Foundation, strategically positioned to meet the university’s international objectives and deal with the complexity of the great challenges of the 21st century: inclusion, climate change, health and threats to biodiversity. The university’s Governing Board unanimously voted in favour of adopting the Foundation’s new statutes and appointed Patrick Duvaut as its Chairman, with immediate effect and for a period of four years.

Since its creation in 2020, Université Paris-Saclay has committed itself to transforming its university Foundation into one of an international scope, which would serve as a strategic driver for excellence and social and environmental engagement within the institution, via philanthropy and patronage. As a separate legal entity with its own governance, the new Foundation’s statutes were adopted during a Governing Board meeting held on 8 November 2023.

The new Foundation aims to promote and support the university’s activities in teaching, research, innovation, sustainable development and science outreach with civil society. Through fundraising and partnerships with socio-economic and industrial stakeholders, it acts as a philanthropic driver for growth at Université Paris-Saclay, by providing the additional means needed to secure the university’s status as a world-class university, combining global excellence and societal engagement.

Designed as a strategic driver for excellence and societal and environmental engagement at Université Paris-Saclay via patronage and philanthropy, the university’s new Foundation will celebrate its official launch during an inaugural event on 5 December 2023 at 6pm, Henri Moissan Building, 17 avenue des sciences – Building 670 - 91400 Orsay.


About Patrick Duvaut, Chairman of the Université Paris-Saclay Foundation

Patrick Duvaut is a University Professor and former Head of Innovation at Institut Mines-Télécom. He remains a Vice President at Université Paris-Saclay, a role which he has held since November 2021, with a particular focus on launching the university’s new Foundation.