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Université de Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
La dynamique de la connaissance et de l'innovation|
The dynamics of knowledge and innovation
|Type||Public university (EPCSP)|
|President||Alain Bui (since October 2017)|
|Students||19,000 (in 2012)|
|658 (in 2012)|
|Address||55 avenue de Paris - F-78035 Versailles cedex France, Versailles, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Île-de-France, France|
University of Paris-Saclay,
Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University (French: Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, UVSQ) is a French public university created in 1991, located in the department of Yvelines and, since 2002, in Hauts-de-Seine. Consisting of eight separate campuses, it is mainly located in the cities of Versailles, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Mantes-en-Yvelines and Vélizy-Villacoublay / Rambouillet. It is one of the five universities of the Academy of Versailles.[n 1]
Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University is a constituent university of the federal University of Paris-Saclay.
It is one of the four universités nouvelles (new universities)[n 2] inaugurated in the Île-de-France region after the 2000 University project (French: plan université 2000). It has a population of 19,000 students, a staff of 752 people, and 1,389 teachers and researchers, as well as an additional 285 external teachers.
The university teaches courses in the fields of natural science, social science, political science, engineering, technology, and medicine. It also provides interdisciplinary courses covering the relationships across economics, ethics, natural environment and sustainable development.
Some Parisian universities anticipated the decree of the Ministry of National Education and had relocated part of their activities in Paris aire urbaine.[clarification needed] Experiencing a significant increase in enrollment, they began opening new locations to alleviate an oversubscription in their main campuses. Thus, a branch of the Pierre and Marie Curie University was created in Versailles in 1987. Dedicated to the study of the sciences,[which?] it joined Yvelines,[clarification needed] the law annex of Nanterre established two years earlier at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.
The Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University was officially created on 22 July 1991 from the delocalization[clarification needed] of the two centres, Pierre and Marie Curie University and Paris West University Nanterre La Défense.
By the end of 1996, the status of the university was changed in accordance with a law of 1984 ruling on the status of French universities.
According to this change, authorities were elected, as well as the first UVSQ President: Michel Garnier.
This President instituted different committees, which still exists today:
The growth of tertiary education in France from 1997 to 2002 saw the university continue to prosper.
Dominique Gentile, the second President of the UVSQ, seized the opportunity to develop the university by creating new annexes and setting up new formations, such as:
During this period, the College of Medicine of Paris-Descartes University was relocated to Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and renamed “Paris-Île-de-France-Ouest” (PIFO). It is still a part of the UVSQ today.
In 2002, Sylvie Faucheux was nominated as the president of the university. The university applies the réforme LMD to its courses in 2004. The CFA d'Alembert is created at Guyancourt in 2006. 2007 saw the removal of the Unité de formation et de recherche médicale Paris Île-de-France Ouest (PIFO) to Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and the creation, with Paris-Sud 11 University and École Normale Supérieure de Cachan, of UniverSud Paris.
In 2010, the humanities and social sciences college of UVSQ was split into four new colleges : institut des études culturelles (cultural studies institute), institut supérieur de management (management institute), institut de langues et études internationales (languages and international studies institute) and social sciences research institute.
The university is entering a phase of expansion, and the development of the plateau de Saclay is the main goal. The UVSQ became a founding member of UniverSud Paris, and the foundation for scientific cooperation foreshadowing the future; the Paris-Saclay research-intensive cluster. A partnership with Cergy-Pontoise University is studied in 2011. Thus, the Université du grand ouest parisien is created in February 2012. An Institut d'études politiques commons to both universities is also being studied.
This table shows the changes in student population, from 1993 to 2013. The number of students enrolled has more than doubled over the past ten years.[when?]
In 2013-2014, the UVSQ welcomed approximately 9,600 undergraduate, 6,600 graduate and 700 post-graduate students.
The most popular degree courses are law, economics, and management, with almost 6,200 students representing 37% of total enrollment in 2013, followed by science and engineering school (31%).
Overall, more than half of the undergraduate students enrolled every year are female (60%), except for first-year students at Mantes and Vélizy IUT (University Institute of Technology), two-thirds of whom are male.
The social backgrounds of students are on average, more advantageous than the students matriculated in French public universities. Approximately 50% of first-year students come from business and professional families, and globally about four out of five students belong to wealthy and cultivated social classes. The percentage of students coming from low-income families increased from 14% in 1992 to 20-23% in 2013, but remains a minority. This rate, which is common to most selective universities, reflects the population of the region where the UVSQ is located. Two thirds of first-year students come from the Yvelines department (66%), with a significant concentration around Versailles and Saint-Quentin.
The university welcomes an increasing number of international students; in 2010 there were 2,400 enrolled from 72 different countries, making up 13,3% of UVSQ students. Most were enrolled in Ph.D. programs; 45% of all Ph.D. students were from other countries.
The university is primarily located on four campuses in Versailles, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Mantes-en-Yvelines and Vélizy-Villacoublay / Rambouillet, but has eight campuses in total, throughout two departments and seven communes; together these cover 160,000 m². At the Versailles campus, there is the sciences college and ISTY, the computer science college. At the campus of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, there are the disciplines of law and political sciences, social sciences, medical research and the sciences of the universe observatory. Another campus of the sciences college is located at Le Chesnay. Vélizy-Villacoublay, which includes the IUT of Vélizy and Rambouillet, is one of its annexes. The campus of Mantes-la-Jolie houses the IUT of Mantes-en-Yvelines. Mantes-la-ville includes the mechatronics college of ISTY.
The Unité de formation et de recherche médicale Paris Île-de-France Ouest (in English Paris Île-de-France West Medical Research and Training Departement; also called PIFO or Paris Ouest) is a faculty department of the Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University.
It is located in Guyancourt. Associated hospitals include the Raymond Poincaré University Hospital, Ambroise-Paré Hospital, Foch Hospital, André Mignot Hospital, Poissy St-Germain Hospital, Sainte-Périne Hospital and René Huguenin Hospital. In parallel to medicine courses, two schools of midwifery are located in the PIFO department.
Sustainable development is an important mission for the UVSQ. The observatory, also called OVSQ, is the structure that deals the most with this preoccupation. It is located on Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines campus and has three main missions: observing, teaching and affirming the position of the university in its engagement in favor of the environment.
Observing The aim is to reach a better understanding of the modifications to our environment including the sanitary and socioeconomic aspects of this question.
With this in mind, the OVSQ is involved in many spatial programs supported by the CNES (French National Center of Spatial Studies) and the ASE (European Spatial Agency). The observatory collaborates in many international agreements for monitoring the Earth's atmosphere. It also develops instruments of observation for the analysis of natural and social phenomena.
Teaching The aim is to prepare the next generations to think, decide and act in the field of sustainable development. To achieve this, the OVSQ provides an interdisciplinary culture to the students: economics, humanities, and environmental studies.
Affirming UVSQ’s position in the field of sustainable development:
The observatory develops sustainable territories and eco-innovations thanks to its partnership with Fondaterra (European foundation for sustainable territories) and the international industrial professorship Econoving.
The OVSQ provides a high level of expertise thanks to its partnership with the Pierre-Simon Laplace Institute, located in Guyancourt. The observatory also contributes to the study of climate and to the works of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The OVSQ allows the university to be at the heart of the Climate-Environment-Energy center of the Paris-Saclay Campus. Finally, the observatory also contributes to the works of the university within the European community of Knowledge and Innovation dedicated to the Climate (KIC).
Its main library, inaugurated in June 2002, has an area of 8400 m2 and has over 100,000 books. In 2005, the university inaugurated the library of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines with an area of 7500 m2 on three levels and 1,100 reading places. September 2011 saw the commissioning of the new library on the sciences campus, located in Versailles. In total, the university has six academic libraries located, in addition to the campus already mentioned, on those of Vélizy, Boulogne-Billancourt, Rambouillet and Mantes, consisting of about 200,000 books, 5,000 digital books and 26,000 magazines and newspapers.
Like all the établissement public à caractère scientifique, culturel et professionnel, the university is managed by a President elected by the boards of directors. He is a member of the three councils of the university. Staff representatives (including academics) and external representatives, on the boards of the university, have a term of four years, student members are elected for two years.
Since its foundation in 1991, there have been six presidents at Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University.
Michel Garnier was the first President of UVSQ from 1991 to 1997. He is an alumnus of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, professor of geophysics, electronics and signal processing. As President of Pierre and Marie Curie University, he created at first an office in Versailles in 1987: the Faculty of Science. He was then president of UVSQ from 1991 to 1997.
Dominique Gentile served as President of UVSQ from 1997 to 2002. University professor and qualified teacher of physical sciences, he began his career by working successively in the laboratory of fluid mechanics, then in the laboratory of physical mechanics. First professor and then vice-president, he became president of UVSQ in 1997. In 2003 he was director of L’Institut National des Sciences et Techniques Nucléaires. In 2008, he was director of l’Institut des sciences et techniques des Yvelines (Isty), a public engineering school at UVSQ.
Sylvie Faucheux is a French professor who served as the third president of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University, from 2002 until 2012. She is an academic, a French politician, and a specialist in environmental economics and sustainable development. In December 2002, she was elected President of UVSQ. She was reelected in 2008 for a four-year term until April 12, 2012. She was director of the Academy of Dijon from October 2012 to February 2014.
Jean-Luc Vayssière, Professor of Biology, was the fourth president of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University, from 2012 until April 2016. Before being elected president, he was, between 2004 and 2008, chief of staff at UVSQ. From 2008, he was vice-president of the board of directors of the university.
Didier Guillemot, doctor, was the fifth president of UVSQ, from May 2016 to September 2017. Before being elected President, he was, between 2007 and 2016, head of the Biostatistics, Biomathematics, Pharmacoepidemiology and Infectious Diseases Laboratory.
Alain Bui, doctor, is the sixth and current president of UVSQ, since October 2017. Before being elected President, he was, between 2008 and 2016, a teacher at the sciences college, and from 2016 to 2017 VP of the university. He will remain president until 2020.
The university had a budget of 166 million euros in 2011, which represents a 16% increase compared to 2010. The university had a budget of 143 million euros in 2010, which was 13.1% higher than that of 2009. The budget for normal operations grew by 29.2% during the period 2007–2010. The amount of investment over the same period was about 3.3 million in total.
In 2009-2010, according to the official report published in June 2010 by the human resources department of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University employs 229 non-permanent teachers which corresponds to 119 Full-time equivalent, which is 20,4% of the total teachers of the university, placing it well above the national average of 15.5%. The total number of permanent teachers is 464, including 121 university professors, 250 docents or assistants, and 93 secondary school teachers.
The UVSQ Foundation is intended to help the projects and the realizations of the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines on the territory of Yvelines.
Real issues in society, the scientific higher education, and scientific research evolve from now on in a very competitive environment. In the Yvelines, UVSQ plays a vital role in developing a high-quality offering for 22 years.
For the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin en Yvelines, the challenge is participating actively in the construction of the University Paris-Saclay, in close collaboration with Grandes Ecoles (HEC, Polytechnique, Supélec, etc.), Université Paris Sud and research organizations (CNRS, CEA, INSERM, INRA, etc.).
The mission of the UVSQ Foundation is to facilitate this evolution. The UVSQ Foundation offers to sponsors who wish it to invest by its side, to accompany training programs and research excellence, or to support projects that matter to them on questions of social responsibility.
The UVSQ foundation has been created in May 2010 by nine founding members : the university, technical center for mechanical industries, Graduate school of engineering in electrical engineering, Graduate school of aeronautical technology and automotive, IFP Energies Nouvelles, the National research institute for transport and safety, and PSA Peugeot Citroën companies, Renault, Valeo and Safran group.
4 main actions : - Attract the best researchers and students - Develop an educational quality research excellence - Participate in creating an innovation ecosystem in the Yvelines - Fostering interdisciplinary and research at science frontiers
Some of the UVSQ Foundation projects : - Young talent UVSQ scholarship - Development of the university library holdings - Equal Opportunities Program - Business researcher club - Thesis prize
|French name||Translation||Location||Subjects||Number of students|
|UFR des sciences||Unit of training and research in science||Versailles and Le Chesnay||biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science||3500|
|Faculté de droit et de science politique (DSP)||Faculty of Law and Political Science||Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines||law and political science||3000|
|UFR des sciences de la santé Simone Veil||Simone Veil Unit for Health Services Training and Research||Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines||medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, midwife, psychotherapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, nursing||2500|
|UFR des sciences sociales||Unit of training and research in social science||Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines||economy, social and economic administration, geography and sociology||2000|
|Institut d'études culturelles et internationales (IECI)||Institute of Cultural and International studies||Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines||history, literature and languages||1600|
|Institut supérieur de management (ISM)||Higher institute of Management||Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines||management science, information science, communication and educational science||1400|
|IUT de Vélizy - Rambouillet||University Institute of Technology of Vélizy and Rambouillet||Vélizy-Villacoublay and Rambouillet||computer science, electric systems, telecommunication, networks, multimedia||1300|
|IUT de Mantes en Yvelines||University Institute of Technology of Mantes en Yvelines||Mantes-la-Jolie||civil, industrial, mechanical, computer and mechatronics engineering, management, business, security and natural environment||700|
|Institut des sciences et techniques des Yvelines (ISTY)||Yvelines Institute of sciences and technique||Vélizy-Villacoublay and Mantes-la-Ville||computer engineering and mechatronics engineering||180|
|Observatoire de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (OVSQ)||Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines Observatory||Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines||earth science, astronomy, natural environment, sustainable development, management, system science and social science|
Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University is also managing three schools in partnership with other institutions.
|French name||Translation||Location||Subjects||Number of students||Partners|
|École supérieure du professorat et de l'éducation de l'académie de Versailles||Higher school of teaching and education of Versailles academy||Versailles and Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines||education||5000||Cergy-Pontoise University, University of Évry Val d'Essonne, Paris West University Nanterre La Défense, University of Paris-Sud, Institut national supérieur de formation et de recherche pour l’éducation des jeunes handicapés et les enseignements adaptés, Académie de Versailles|
|CFA d'Alembert||d'Alembert Training centre for apprentices||Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines||health, natural environment, civil engineering, chemistry, real estate public law, communication, risk management||300||Versailles-Val-d'Oise-Yvelines Chamber of Commerce|
|Sciences Po Saint-Germain-en-Laye||Political Science Saint-Germain-en-Laye||Saint-Germain-en-Laye||political science, public law, history, economy sociology||82||Cergy-Pontoise University|
In 2012, Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University offers 50 Bachelor's degree, 53 diplôme universitaire (university degree), 10 E-learning courses, 95 Master's degree, 13 diplôme universitaire de technologie (university diploma in Technology), 2 Diplôme d'Ingénieur, 1 Doctor of Medicine degree, 1 Midwifery degree and 2 diplôme d'accès aux études universitaires (access to university degree).
In 2012, the Bachelor's degree is issued in four areas : arts-humanities-languages, law-economy-management, humanities and social sciences, and science-technology-health. In 2012, the Master's degree is issued in five areas : arts-humanities-languages, law-economy-management, humanities and social sciences, environmental science-territory and economics, and science-technology-health.
Research activities at the university are done in 35 laboratories. 12 of them are affiliated to the French National Centre for Scientific Research. It is grouped in six departments and has a total of nearly 950 researchers and 715 PhD students.
The Institut Pierre-Simon Laplace (Pierre-Simon Laplace Institut), a research institute in global environmental sciences, located at Guyancourt, composed of six laboratories which only three are under partial guardianship of UVSQ : terrestrial and planetary study center, aeronomy department, laboratoire des Sciences du Climat et de l'Environnement (Climate science and environment laboratory).
The aeronomy department and partially the terrestrial and planetary study center merged on 1 January 2009 into the laboratoire atmosphères, milieux et observations spatiales (LATMOS, atmospheres, environments and space observations laboratory), placed under the supervision of UVSQ.
Several sociologists teach or have taught at the university, including Roland Guillon, known for his work on the problem of employment and capital; Laurent Mucchielli, specialist in criminology including issues of crime and violence of immigrant populations; Philippe Robert, specialized in the study of delinquency and deviance; and Étienne Anheim, Didier Demazière and Claude Dubar.
UVSQ also counts among its current or former teachers historians like Bernard Cottret, honorary member of the Institut Universitaire de France; Christian Delporte, specialist in political and cultural history of the 20th-century of France; Bruno Laurioux, French Middle Ages historian; Jean-Yves Mollier and Loïc Vadelorge, both specialized in contemporary history.
In science, people like the creator of the ext2 file system Rémy Card, the docent in practice and theory of photography Fabien Danesi, the deputy director of the École Normale Supérieure Jean-Charles Darmon or the chemist and member of the French Academy of Sciences Gérard Férey teach or have taught at the university.
During the honorary degree graduation ceremony on 18 October 2011 at the Versailles Orangerie, Sylvie Faucheux, who was President of the university, awards, in the presence of Alain Boissinot, six personalities: Andrew Abbott (sociology teacher at the University of Chicago), George Bermann (international law teacher at Columbia University), Amos Gitai (director and filmmaker Israeli), Robin Hartshorne (mathematics teacher at the University of California), Günther Lottes (history teacher at the University of Potsdam) and Seiji Miyashita (physics teacher at the University of Tokyo).
The diary is named T'DACtu and is published every two months. It is for partners of the university, and also for students and staff. A movie diary called UVSQ & Vous is also available each month.
The DVE's (Direction de la Vie Étudiante) mission is to improve student life. It provides two services:
The DVE is also responsible for managing places for students on the campuses such as places for lunch breaks, for relaxation or work. These places are on the first floor of Buffon building at Versailles campus and for Saint Quentin en Yvelines campus, at Vauban building.
With the DVE, students have discounts for a selection of cultural events. There is a cultural program in the Yvelines for each semester. The students can go to cinemas, theatres, and concerts with reduced prices.
In Guyancourt, Versailles and Vélizy campuses, students have access to 20 sports activities.
The CROUS (Centres Régionaux des Oeuvres Universitaires et Scolaires) is a service which is dedicated to improving student life. Every student who is registered at university can access CROUS services.
CROUS can help students find accommodation closer to their universities. In 2011, more than 8500 students were housed in 25 residences managed by the CROUS.
The CROUS is in charge of awarding scholarships to students. They also have caseworkers who can help students.
On the campuses are restaurants managed by the CROUS. Students can have meals for reduced prices.
The CROUS makes job or internship advertisements for students available for free.
Students can apply between 15 January and 30 April for the year after. There are three criteria:
Allowance for diversity in public service: support for most deserving applicants preparing competitive exam to work on public services.
Students can apply for bank loans guaranteed by the French state. Students do not need guarantees.
Approximatively 30 associations offer students many diverse activities along the year. They include the fields of science, social sciences and humanities, law, medicine, humanitarian-social-environment, handicap, international, communication, reflexion, student involvement and mechatronics.
It is easy to join in or to create an association at the Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University. Being in an association gives the students the opportunity to imagine and develop specific unprofitable projects through it. Associations can present these projects and get a grant attributed by the FSDIE commission (Solidarity and Development Fundings for Student Initiatives) to finance them. This funding is partly composed of the registration fees from the students each year. This commission gathers three to four times a year (September, November, March and June) and allocates, through a vote, the subsidies among the projects.
Other financial partners of the university can contribute to help the associations to finance their projects.
In order to give the students a place to gather and elaborate projects or to entertain, a student house opened in 2013 on the Versailles campus. It was designed by architect Fabienne Bulle, and has an area of 1,730 m2. This building accommodates local trade and cultural activities, a multipurpose room, an art room, service areas and also a cafeteria. Associations offices are also located there.
From the beginning, the university has developed international networks such as Erasmus, the Conférence des recteurs et des principaux des universités du Québec (CREPUQ) or other partnerships with universities abroad. The number of partners is about 230 in 2011. The university has welcomed 330 students from a foreign country in 2010. The number of students from Erasmus from 2003 to 2008 is between 0,41 and 0,67% of the university students, which rank the university 61/75 of the French universities for this programme.
The university also welcomes foreign students who want to obtain a French degree. In 2010, they are about 2,400, which is 13,3% of the students. They are much more in proportion in the PhD courses, where they are almost half of the students (45%).
On the 14,226 students of the university in 2004, 77.1% were holder of a Baccalauréat général (general Baccalauréat), 12.3% a Baccalauréat technologique (technological Baccalauréat) and 0.7% a Baccalauréat professionnel (vocational Baccalauréat). Furthermore, 12.5% of students receive scholarships. Concerning the social origins, 49.2% of the students have a favored social origin and 20.2% a disadvantaged social backgrounds. 30.6% have an average social origin.
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