“Unilateral choice to demolish, a horrible blow…”, harsh reactions in Franche-Comte

Press releases are pouring in after the University of Burgundy, a regional university group, announced its decision to close the doors of Comue UBFC. Reactions in Franche-Comté.

The decision, made on Thursday, September 1, has been expected to freeze relations between higher education institutions for several years, but has sent a chilling shower effect across the university world. The board of directors of the UB Burgundy University has officially ended its participation in the Comue UBFC (community of universities and institutions (Comue) christened Université Bourgogne Franche-Comté (UBFC)), which brings together several universities. Franche-Comté and Burgundy.

we celebrate [la décision de l’Université de Bourgogne] We sincerely regret”Can we read in the press release of the University of Franche-Comté Burgundy, which brings together the University of Franche-Comté, UTBM, Institut Agro Dijon, Sup Micro Tech, as well as the School of Arts and Vocations on September 5? .

“This withdrawal comes after several months of public statements The rector of the University of Burgundy made his objection clear to a single headquarters for UBFC” Details the group of Universities of which the University of Burgundy is no longer a part.

In this difficult context, we preferred dialogue and joint work. Specifically, we will continue to work together under the UBFC until the end of 2023. Indeed, it is not possible to leave the group before the site contract has expired.

UBFC said in a statement

At the center of the dispute: the headquarters of the UBFC of the Union of Universities and Institutions (COMUE), currently allocated to Besançon (Doubs). Indeed, as we explained to you in this article, the University of Burgundy requested a double seat within the UBFC; one in the capital of Franche-Comté, the other in the capital of Burgundy.

“This Friday, September 2, the ministry confirmed that the double seat for the UBFC cannot be legally awarded and reminded that the territorial balances of the 2015 reform will not be changed” Burgundy defines the University of Franche-Comté.

“At a time when the communities of Franche-Comté are investing heavily in regional higher education, the University of Burgundy unilaterally decides to cancel the ESR ecosystem of Bourgogne Franche-Comté” write in a joint press release, Anne Vignot, president of Grand Besançon Métropole Agglomeration, Damien Meslot, president of Grand Belfort, Charles Demouge, president of Pays de Montbéliard Agglomeration, and Alain Crétien, president of Vesoul Agglomeration Union. “Since 2016, we have been spectators of the fratricide” he adds that he is clearly concerned about the future of research and the education of students in Bourgogne-Franche-Comte.

We justified the hope that we would enter a constructive period with the change of leadership in 2020. Vincent Thomas swept it from the first months of his tenure as president of the University of Burgundy.

Joint press release of the presidents of the Franche-Comté agglomeration

Territoire de Belfort senator Cédric Perrin reacted to this decision and condemned it. He talks about“collective shipwreck” and D’“A terrible blow to regional education”. According to him, this conflict “He severely punishes higher education in our region and damages its image.” “It will take at least 10 years to recover from this” he wrote in a press release.

“Logically, unfortunately, one of the first consequences of the end of COMUE should be the withdrawal of the University of Burgundy from the Shanghai ranking, because it appears only there, in an honorable rank, the only attribute of all statistics. Works published under the general scientific signature of UBFC” adds.

Sen. Jacques Grosperrin of Doubs, a former higher education budget speaker in the Senate, also commented on the news and did not mince words. He speaks of the “obstinacy” and “right blindness” of the officials of the University of Burgundy accused of the fatality. He urges the University of Burgundy to think. “LBlackmail is not a method, and we are no longer in the time of the Dukes of Burgundy. he says, calling on the President of the Region, Marie-Guite Dufay, to intervene in this political conflict.

Not forgetting to openly challenge François Rebsamen, PS mayor of Dijon: “Get a hold of yourself. Get off the top of the old tempered rivalry. Your responsibility has been very busy with this file since the beginning.”

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