26,295 students returned to Angers University. It intends to emphasize international openness and ecological transition.
This Thursday, September 22, the Nature and Environment Campus Day at the Belle-Beille campus will kick off this new academic year for students at the University of Angers.
An international opening
As of this summer, the University of Angers joined a European university with eight other partners (Extremadura in Spain, Parma in Italy, Magdeburg in Germany, Wroclaw in Poland, Evora in Portugal, Gävle in Sweden, Carlow in Ireland, Oradea in Romania). It is called EU Green. This consortium is given a subsidy of 14 million euros, including 1.6 million euros for the University of Angers, which will allow to strengthen the mobility of students and university staff.
” We want to confirm our European position and participate in the creation of new university models in Europe through the creation of joint degrees, closer and wider mobility measures and the development of new cooperation dynamics in research and training. “says François Grolo, AU’s vice-president for international affairs.
Since the beginning of this academic year, two new training courses focused on sustainable development have been offered. Master’s degree “Responsible Product Manager”. It offers specialization in professions dedicated to the management of products and services, taking into account their social and environmental impacts. The second is a master’s degree in “biodiversity, ecology and evolution”. This master prepares professionals who can support the transition of professional practices following development models that are more respectful of the environment.
The university was affected by the energy crisis
” We did not expect the Ukraine crisis and this summer’s heat wave to interest us in energy issues », points to Christian Robledo, president of the University of Angers. The works carried out in recent years have allowed the University to reduce energy consumption by 18%. Despite these efforts, the increase in energy prices should lead to an increase in energy costs of 1.25 million euros. Electricity bill should increase (+71%).
The university is developing a business continuity plan to deal with the load shedding situation this winter. At the same time, the heating will be turned on later than in previous years, the temperature will be lowered by 1°C and digital devices will be put into standby mode. The University, which is usually open over Christmas, will close all its buildings this year to save money. ” We do not want any impact on students “, Christian Robledo insists.
6,000 new students
The University of Angers is accepting 6,000 new students this year, for a total of 26,295. This is slightly lower than the previous year. ” This year, we’re celebrating the effects of demographics entering a less exponential phase with 18/25-year-olds. “, emphasizes Sabine Mallet, Vice President for Learning and University Life.
A persistent housing shortage
For four years now, students have faced many difficulties in finding accommodation in Angers. ” We had a feeling that this new school year the housing problem with the new student houses would be less than last year. Our feedback shows that this is not the case. There are still students who are struggling “says Laurent Bordet, vice president for campus life.