The actors of higher education and research adopted, a week ago, the founding principles of a future University of Toulouse, capable of facing new societal challenges. But the statutes of the new entity will not be delivered until spring 2022.
We no longer speak of “fusion” but of “co-construction”. Faced with the rapidly changing world, Toulouse universities – Paul Sabatier, Capitole and Jean Jaurès -, grandes écoles (Insa, Isae-Supaero, Champollion, Onera, INP Toulouse), the regional academic delegation for research and innovation, the CNRS, the Occitanie Regional Council, Toulouse Métropole and the Federal University have just implemented a new roadmap.
Those in higher education and research have adopted the founding principles “of a future University of Toulouse, capable of preparing a response to new societal challenges. “
“A dynamic collective”
A vast program that the university world of the Pink City wishes to undertake, which always remembers the failure to obtain the Idex label (Initiative of excellence), in 2018, which is accompanied by significant resources for 29 establishments. higher education, funding up to 750 million euros.
“It is thanks to the collective commitment, the mobilization of the territory and the actors, gathered around common values that we will be able to invent a model which will be able to meet the challenges of tomorrow”, estimates Patrick Lévy, former president of the University of Grenoble-Alpes and in charge of the “UT2022 mission”.
“The founding principles of UT illustrate a collective dynamic, which will find an echo in the scientific and educational project under construction to develop an innovative model of university”, assures for his part Philippe Raimbault, the resident of the Federal University of Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées.
The question of the influence of higher education establishments is precisely at the heart of this project for the future “University of Toulouse”. Little visible at the top of the very controversial Shanghai international ranking (especially acquired by Anglo-Saxon universities), some French universities are still struggling to shine internationally.
In France, the approach is indeed supported by the Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation Frédérique Vidal.
This roadmap poses a common strategy in the face of the diversity of the ecosystem, including the variety and richness generated by an innovative structuring, assures the actors of the “UT23” project who say they pay “close attention to improvement. student conditions, severely tested since the start of the pandemic.
The project is presented as an “original and ambitious model which forges a stronger link with the territory and its socio-economic actors. […] attractiveness and international recognition[…]”.
Institutional and governance changes are de facto essential. The protagonists let it be known that “the terms will be specified during the drafting of the statutes which should end in spring 2022”.