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UNIVERSITE PARIS LUMIERES
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5 Guiding Principles to Living Better in the Digital Age
In the increasingly globalized and constantly changing digital environment, new ways of producing, transmitting, and accessing knowledge are developing, and therefore new timeframes and debates. The UPL Community, together with all its members, has to articulate digital and human development, as well sustainable development, and put in place the foundations for the smart and interconnected society of tomorrow.
The UPL Community brings together Higher Education and research parties (universities), heritage institutions (museum, libraries…), and financial institutions. In their independent missions, they all face the issues and challenges of digital development.
The UPL Community intends to bring a solution to a core problem: how to live better with digital development. This contribution is unique, characterized by its all-encompassing nature and co-construction model, as well as by its critical and creative approach.
The UPL Community prides itself on an approach centred around politics and citizenship, criticism and creation. It intends to make a contribution to the field of sustainable development and more precisely to what we now call its “Fourth pillar”, namely, collective intelligence. The aim is to enable current and future generations to live better with digital technology.
In its capacity to integrate all aspects digital technology in a critical, creative and concerted way, the UPL Community intends to rely on certain of its core strengths:
- The respective and cross-expertise of the UPL Community members: two universities with a strong intellectual, innovative and creative tradition; two LabEx; an IDEFI and leading heritage institutions.
- Recognized potential in the field of “digital humanities” with online teaching among other things
- Its previous research, education programs, and digital creative work
- A tradition of dialogue, transfer of skills, and joint projects with multiple parties facing digital challenges
Based on these strengths, 5 principles will guide the UPL Community’s digital policy:
- To ensure the quality, accessibility, readability, interoperability and sustainability of data, archives, and existing or future content.
- To support co-construction and dissemination of knowledge, its mediation, its critical appropriation in a digital environment and its reinvention.
- To become a significant player in digital creation and innovation
- To encourage meta- and/or trans-disciplinary reflexion on digital concepts and issues
- To analyze the evolution of academic fields of knowledge (especially in art and humanities) in a digital environment
Digital technology poses serious challenges in terms of organization and educational innovation. Coordination and cooperation on projects such as software or infrastructure development have to meet with the high expectations of different audiences.
Therefore, the UPL Community’s digital policy is organized into 3 main categories: to develop digital technology for end-users, to coordinate universities’ information systems more closely, and to develop digital research tools.
Digital technology for end-users
The UPL Community brings together assets that bridge the boundaries between the Humanities and digital technology, such as the innovative educational tool “IDEFI CréaTIC” of Université Paris 8 Vincennes – Saint-Denis in collaboration with Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense. With €5.2 million, this program reinforces the UPL Community’s digital dynamic in order to support, promote, and coordinate the production of digital resources (such as online courses) for both universities’ teaching teams.
Developed by Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, the Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) is one of the most attractive online courses, with 6000 subscribers in January 2014. A centre for pedagogical innovation will coordinate the different actions in that field.
The UPL Community intends to promote professional integration with the creation of custom-adapted digital schemes. Offering large bank of documentation and cultural assets thanks to the contributions of its associate members, the UPL Community intends to improve the accessibility of these resources for students through digital tools.
Bring universities’ information systems closer together using new technology
This initiative is key to improving management efficiency. It will be based on a study of the application process, making procedures paperless, and pooling of resources for student inquiries. This last measure will lead to the creation of an Observatory of Student Life common to both universities.
Develop digital research tools
The UPL’s scientific community will benefit from new digital devices that will add structure and bring value to university studies.
The documentation services will not only be closer together, but the visibility of scientific outcomes will be also improved by the implementation of a shared software package for the referencing of academic works. Thanks to the implementation of a space for collaborative activities, researchers will be able to share ideas and documents and collaborate on projects.
Student life is taken very seriously by the UPL Community. In addition to the training board, the UPL Community appoints a student Vice-President, and an assistant Vice-President within the different committees.
The UPL Community wants to develop student representation to make it more sustainable and effective, while also adapting it to face new challenges. In that sense, new measures for student housing and academic personal will be one of the UPL Community’s main points of focus. Other measures will be implemented in order to encourage community initiatives.
To sustain a suitable system of governance
A coordinated association will be tasked with setting up a common Observatory of Student Life for both universities. Its aim will be to improve student living conditions, particularly in terms of health and disabilities.
Housing is one of our major concerns. Therefore, a coordinated association will be set up to deal with housing programmes in partnership with existing systems, such as the “CROUS” of Versailles and Créteil, and local authorities.
To improve basic housing conditions
In partnership with local authorities, UPL Community intends to test innovative measures to encourage intergenerational and solidarity flat sharing. In order to foster student mobility, the UPL Community will ensure safe and adequate housing conditions for their students abroad.
Finally, the emergency housing will be set up to respond to the increasing need among students living in vulnerable conditions, or facing physical violence or abusive treatment.
To foster community initiatives
The UPL Community intends to foster cultural, as well as sports initiatives in the community. Thus, the founding universities would unite their orchestras in order to create an inter-university orchestra. This will be supported by the UPL Community, who will improve students’ access to cultural events, and who will organize an association day.
In partnership with all of the concerned associate members, an initiative is underway to determine various possible means for improving students’ access to culture (museums, libraries, document collections and archives). For this purpose, the Pass’ Culture will be created. With this Pass’ Culture, students will enjoy privileged access to cultural institutions in the Paris region, and especially to associated member institutions.
The UPL Community comprises 68 research units (with 62 in social and human sciences), 10 Doctoral schools, 1307 teacher-researchers including 1206 in human and social sciences
A focus will be on the professionalization of doctoral students with activities including a “doctoral professionalization day”, foreign language teaching (with a specific training in scientific communication and writing) and French lessons for foreign students. There will also be teacher training, aimed in particular at high-school teachers and graduate assistants.
Multidisciplinary theoretical and methodological seminars will be also developed for doctoral students. The inclusion of associated members in training will bring essential added-value for Doctoral schools, and in addition they will be able to provide open seminars for students from other institutions in the context of doctoral training.
International mobility for postdoctoral students will be reinforced by mobility grants but also by welcoming doctorate and post-doctorate students on exchange programmes as well as foreign teacher-researchers.
Based on a similar model to that of the international Graduate schools of Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, “Doctoriales internationales” will be implemented.
In order to offer the best welcome and framing for doctoral students, a UPL doctoral studies department will gather from 2015 both universities coordination bodies. It is addressed to foreigner students as well as professionals for on-going training, just like international and national evolutions. It will aim, from 2016-2017, to coordinate the Doctoral schools practices, in terms of passing from the second to the third year, derogations, thesis duration, the part of “trainings” ECTS, framing rate, allocation criteria for doctoral contracts.
In addition, from 2015, UPL doctoral studies department will manage the allocation of its own doctoral contracts.
The objective of the UPL Community is to increase its visibility and international attractiveness and to position ourselves more prominently in the European Higher Education landscape. This increased prominence will enable us to be more successful in our international mobility projects, particularly in terms of internships, as well as further attracting international researchers and post-doctoral students.
To achieve this objective, it is first necessary to identify our expectations and goals, as well as to work collaboratively with the existing services of both Paris 8 and Paris Ouest, as well as the other members of the UPL Community.
As part of the international policy of the UPL Community, the following measures will be implemented:
To reinforce our European status
To identify and to respond to European invitations to tender
To negotiate double degree conventions and off-campus programmes
To increase international mobility and internship figures
Activation of a network of private and public partners, and negotiation of internships
Validation of prior learning, activation of academic network, negotiation of double degree conventions and off-campus programmes.
To increase our attractiveness to researchers
To launch UPL appeals for candidates for international grants and chairs
To define a services package for the welcome of teacher-researchers
The UPL Community’s building policy has been produced taking into account regional development, including the “Grand Paris” project and in particular the advent of a circular metro system linking both universities, and the proposals outlined in the “State-Regional Plan Contract” (CPER) 2015-2020.
Based on this, the UPL Community has the following priorities:
To develop an exceptional infrastructure for the campuses, to make the site superbly suited to research and teaching, based on “heritage-archives- artistic creation” combined with a digital approach.
Therefore, the following measures will be implemented:
- The construction of the museum of the Contemporary International Library (Bibliothèque Documentaire Internationale et Contemporaine de Nanterre (BDIC)) : a building dedicated to archives and consultation befitting a famous institution
- The construction of a Centre des Arts (Centre for Arts) will enable the roll-out of a range of activities relating to research and Arts creation at Université Paris 8’s research and education unit (UFR).
To improve the coherence of the campuses to help students and aid educational innovation, by collating and relocating student-based services at the entrances of the universities, and by opening learning centres in each university.
This measure is illustrated by two projects submitted as part of the “State-Regional Plan Contract” (CPER) 2015-2020:
- The “Coeur de Campus” project, with which the Paris 8 learning centre project is associated
- The construction of a welcome building for Université Paris Ouest.
Furthermore, this strategic focus includes the project of installing the INS HEA (an associate member of the Université Paris Lumières) near to the Université Paris Ouest campus.
To revitalize ageing and poorly insulated university buildings in an innovative and ambitious way, focusing on energy and cost efficiency
Two main objectives support this strategic focus: improvements to the working conditions of students and staff, and reduced energy costs
Much funding has been requested as part of CPER 2015-2020, but also from the FEDER European fund, in order to revitalize ageing and poorly insulated buildings, as well as for the removal of asbestos