College of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté: 80 “offended” researchers utilized

Through a joint public letter, 80 teachers-researchers and researchers from Bourgogne-Franche-Comté are mobilizing for a “collective intervention” by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, academic bodies and local elected officials of the region. finally, stop the political machine to lose”, is the fruit of “localism with no way out (…)”.

In this letter, they are worried about the consequences of the withdrawal from the University of Burgundy-Franche-Comté (UBFC), which was announced by the University of Burgundy (UB) in early September.


Substantial loss of subsidy

“This decision by the Governing Body (CA) is legal, but one of the problems is that the UB is voting on a matter that is not its sole responsibility,” said Laurent Larger, director of a large research laboratory in Besançon. (Femto-ST).

The signatories of the letter thus remind that all the projects implemented by the UBFC represent “significant subsidies of 60 million euros”.

Also, the signatories say they are “outraged by the loss of this funding we have” and that higher education and research in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté are at risk of “temporary disappearance”. award

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“Other than UBFC, none of the current institutions (…) individually have the academic resources capable of achieving international impact,” they say. “Such an ambition is possible only collectively and with the participation and support of national research organizations (Cnrs, Inrae, Inserm). »

The Shanghai ranking, which places the University of Burgundy in the top 5% of the world’s institutions, is based on the evaluation of research projects carried out in reality by all member institutions of the UBFC. One of its goals: to alert elected officials, faculty and researchers, especially at UB.

“CA could not vote knowingly; arguments were directed at the expense of the UBFC, “said one of the signatories, Hervé Maillotte. We agree that the UBFC is not working optimally, but the systematic criticism worries us. »

*The decision was taken after the ministry rejected the double seat for UBFC (now established in Besançon).

Twelve parliamentarians rose

Twelve Burgundian parliamentarians (including François Patriat, senator, Perrine Goulet and Patrice Perrot, deputies from Nièvre) issued a press release on Friday, September 16. The University of Burgundy alone accepts “more than 40% of the region’s students” and they say “its voice, in our opinion, should be heard and followed by the work of all actors”.

Although the regional council bodies Comue (community of universities and enterprises) called to save the UBFC, “we believe that today the role of the Region is not to direct one model to another, but rather to contribute to the development and preservation of the dialogue”.

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