On 14 June, representatives of the international relations department of Université Paris-Saclay and Université Paris-Sud welcomed Nicholas Chavasse, Assistant Head of Global Partnerships from Exeter University.
Located in the southwest of England, in Devon, Exeter University is a member of the Russel Group. 13th in the Times UK ranking and among the top 200 universities of the Shanghai ranking, Exeter University welcomed over 23,000 students this year (including 400 French students) and is particularly strong in the areas of climate science, renewables and energy.
Our two institutions have a number of long-term collaborations, namely in environmental research, with strong links between the Climate Dynamics group of Mathematics on the British side and the Laboratory for Sciences of Climate and Environment-LSCE on the French side. Partners are involved in common research projects such as the Global Carbon Project, CRESCENDO and CCICC.
There are also pre-existing links in law between Exeter University Law School and the Jean Monnet Faculty of Université Paris-Sud. These could be expanded both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels beginning in the next academic year. Organized in Versailles last April, the "Renegotiation of Versailles treaty, 100 years later" is an event which could be renewed next year and welcome several students from Exeter University in political science, law or history.
These perspectives could be formalized in the near future to further development of joint actions such as, but not restricted to, co-funding of PhDs, researcher mobility, and the organization of workshops.
Headline picture (from left to right): Sarah Mondet, International Partnerships & Projects Officer (UPSaclay), Nicholas Chavasse, Assistant Head of Global Partnerships (Exeter University), Delphine Placidi-Frot, Vice-Dean for International Relations (UPSud), Guillaume Garreta, Director of International Relations (UPSaclay), Chantal Escudié, Deputy to the VP of International Relations (UPSud), Julia Tepel, Project Manager, European University (UPSaclay)