Phased restoration, buildings too small, campus incomplete…

The University of Sorbonne-Nouvelle is cracking everywhere. During a pre-entry meeting in the amphitheater on Monday, September 12, a 2-meter-high wooden cornice weighing several pounds fell on an undergraduate student — fortunately, he was unhurt. This week’s photos “beam” The fall from the wall, which was spread in messaging and social networks, created some agitation among the staff and students. “Since then, all the elements have been put back together. But this is absolutely unacceptable.”this is explained by the president of the university Jamil Jean-Marc Dakhlia.

The campus is brand new. The Sorbonne-Nouvelle (formerly Paris-III, known as “Censier”) this summer left its dilapidated, asbestos-covered buildings in the Latin Quarter to move into a beautiful, colorful 26,000-square-meter complex designed by star architect Christian de Portzamparc. , next to the Place de la Nation. However, since then, difficulties arise in this institution of 17,000 students specializing in language, culture and literature. It got to the point where it was not possible to fix the timetables in time, so it was voted to postpone the start of the school year in early September (October 3rd for most students). The students were informed at the last moment. During the year, one of these two weeks will be replaced and the other will be lost.

Poorly managed site

This unusual situation is due to serious internal organizational difficulties associated with a poorly managed site where ups and downs accumulate. As beautiful as they are, these new buildings are very small – the university has about thirty fewer rooms than last year. This problem, which has been reported by staff representatives for several years, has been minimized by ministry and university leaders requiring optimization of the use of rooms… June. In addition, two large amphitheatres are ultimately unusable due to design flaws and cannot be occupied this year. Like a wide audience. Also, if the university restaurant is open, the canteen will not be open for the start of the school year.

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A little before the summer, due to the lack of free rooms, it was announced that a number of courses (mainly lectures for undergraduate students) would go online for the beginning of the academic year. At the beginning of September, a completely different section of teaching (especially languages) went online for the first semester. For many students, the volume of classes behind the computer can reach 40% this semester.

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