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Second time period for the president of the College of Paris-Est Créteil

Posted September 16, 2022, 2:47 p.mUpdated September 19, 2022 at 10:41 am

The canceled merger with the University of Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée, the resignation of his predecessor for health reasons… In 2018, Jean-Luc Dubois-Randet took over the leadership of the University of Paris-Est-Creteil (Upec) in a context of instability. . On Wednesday, September 7, he was elected president of the university for a second four-year term by 28 votes to 32.

The former dean of Upec’s medical faculty receives a “positive grade” from his first term. “We gave Upec a strong identity and we were able to put it back on the path of self-confidence,” he believes. The president of the university recalls the launch of the Erasmus program, a transformation project that aims to make it “a reliable reference university for its territory and for France” within ten years.

Alliance of European Universities

This transformation includes, for example, a training proposal or research topics. For this project, the enterprise will receive 21.2 million euros within the call for projects initiated by the state. In May, Upec also joined the Aurora alliance of European universities as an associate member, with the aim of becoming a full member soon.

Jean-Luc Dubois-Randé’s first term will also be marked by the coronavirus pandemic and its health and student health implications. In order to deal with this, the institution specifically conducted testing and vaccination campaigns. Food baskets were also distributed to the students.

11th IEP of France in Fontainebleau

Over the next four years, the re-elected president wants to work on establishing the university’s various campuses. Among the emblematic places is Fontainebleau, where Upec founded its school of political studies.e French Institute for Political Studies (IEP) in 2023. “We will have a great campus around IT, artificial intelligence and health in the Cherioux domain in Vitry-sur-Seine,” adds Jean-Luc Dubois-Rande.

In Créteil, according to the president, “the campuses of the different districts will emerge strongly”: the Echat district will have interactions between health, law and science, while the Mail des Mèches will be focused on “the world of business”. and management”. Also in Créteil, Upec is to open the human sciences house, a futuristic-looking green residential building, which will be accompanied by offices and shops, as part of the L’Arbre de vie project.

“Responding to tomorrow’s employment”

In terms of training, the university will, for example, work with businesses and local authorities to see “how certain training courses can meet the employability of tomorrow” through more cross-cutting approaches. International mobility will also be increasingly integrated into training.

Apprenticeships, one of Upec’s distinguishing elements – the institution even created its own apprenticeship center in 2021 – will continue to be developed: the goal is to increase from 3,000 work study students to 5,000 in a five-year horizon, in particular by strengthening graduate, doctoral and international work – educational programs.

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