University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines

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Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University
Université de Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
MottoLa dynamique de la connaissance et de l'innovation
The dynamics of knowledge and innovation
TypePublic University (EPCSP)
Endowment€166 M
PresidentAlain Bui (Since October 2017)
Vice-presidentAlexis Constantin
Administrative staff
Students19,000 (in 2012)[1]
658 (in 2012)
55 avenue de Paris - F-78035 Versailles cedex France
, , ,
Le Chesnay,
Cosmetic Valley,
Systematic Paris-Region,
University of Paris-Saclay,
UniverSud Paris

Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines is a French public university. It was created in 1991 in the department of Yvelines. Since 2002, it has been in Hauts-de-Seine. It is mainly in the cities of Versailles, Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Mantes-en-Yvelines and Vélizy-Villacoublay and Rambouillet. It has eight campuses.

The school has 19,000 students, 752 staff people and 1389 teachers and researchers. 285 teachers outside of the university come each year to give courses.

The subjects taught are the sciences, the social sciences, the political sciences, engineering, technology and medicine. It also has courses about the relationship between economy, ethics, natural environment and sustainable development.

History[change | change source]

1987 - 1991[change | change source]

Some Parisian universities had anticipated the decree of the French Ministry of National Education and had relocated part of their activities outside of Paris. In fact, experiencing a significant increase of their numbers, they begin to open new locations to alleviate their main campuses. Thus, an antenna of the Pierre and Marie Curie University is created in Versailles in 1987.[2] Dedicated to Sciences, it joined in the Yvelines the law annex of Nanterre established two years earlier at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.

In the mean time, the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research program as part of French higher education modernization plan called "Université 2000" the creation of new universities.

The Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University is officially created the 22th of July 1991 from these two centers of delocalized of the Pierre and Marie Curie University and Paris West University Nanterre La Défense.[3]

1991 - 2002[change | change source]

At the end of 1996, the university changes its special status to join the regime of the law of 1984, as well as other French universities. UVSQ elects its instances and its first President, Michel Garnier, at the beginning of 1997. He sets up the final structure (board of directors, scientific council, student life council) which then proceeded to his election. It is then the turn of Dominique Gentile to be at the President of the university, from 1997 to 2002.[4]

This period is marked by a strong evolution of the French higher education and the university took the opportunity to consolidate : creation of the Doctoral colleges and prefiguration of UniverSud Paris.

It is also during this period that of the college of Medicine of the Paris Descartes University is relocated at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, renamed «Paris-Île-de-France-Ouest» (PIFO).[5]

2002 - today[change | change source]

In 2002, the university has a new President. Sylvie Faucheux is nominated. The university starts to delivers Bachelors, Masters and Doctorates in 2004.[6] The CFA d'Alembert is created at Guyancourt in 2006. The year 2007 shows 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.

2010 is also the year of the reorganization of the humanities and social sciences college of UVSQ. He disappears to make way for 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. The UVSQ becomes founding member of UniverSud Paris but also of the foundation for scientific cooperation. A partnership with Cergy-Pontoise University is studied in 2011.[7] Thus, the Université du grand ouest parisien is created in February 2012.[8] An political studies institute commons to both universities is also being studied.[9]

Administration[change | change source]

Governance[change | change source]

Like all the other French universities, UVSQ is managed by a President elected by the Board of directors. He is member of the three councils of the university.

  • The board of directors, which determines the strategy of the institution.[10]
  • The academic and university life council, which is responsible for training.[10]
  • The scientific council, which is responsible for research activities.[10]

Presidents history[change | change source]

The current President is Alain Bui. He is the sixth person to be the Chairman since the creation of the university. He was elected in 2017, succeeding at Didier Guillemot.[11]

List of presidents
Name Years
Michel Garnier 1991 to 1997
Dominique Gentile 1998 to 2002
Sylvie Faucheux 2002 to 2012
Jean-Luc Vayssière 2012 to 2016
Didier Guillemot 2016 to 2017
Alain Bui Since 2017

Budget[change | change source]

The University has a budget of 166 millions of euros in 2011. In 2010, the University had a budget of 143 millions of euros, which is 13.1% more than the one of 2009[12] · .[13]

Employment structure except for teachers of hospital department[change | change source]

In 2009-2010, the Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines employs 229 non-permanent teachers. The total number of permanent teachers is 464, including 121 university professors, 250 assistants, and 93 secondary school teachers.[14]

Versailles University fondation[change | change source]

A partnership foundation was prepared in autumn 2008[15] and opened the 13th of May 2010. It has nine founding members which have given a total of 2 million euros for the creation of the foundation.[16]

Called Mov’eoTec,[16] it relates to transport and sustainable mobility.[17]

Components[change | change source]

According to the French educational law for the legal organization of public universities in France, the Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines is divided into several components. There are faculties and « graduate schools and institutes ».

Faculties[change | change source]

UVSQ has seven faculties.

The science faculty, located at Versailles and Le Chesnay, welcomes courses in biology, universe and earth science, physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science.[18] The social science faculty, located at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, welcomes courses in economy, geography and social sciences.[19] The law and political science faculty, located at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, welcomes courses in law and political science with 15 Master's degree, four research centers and a judicial studies institute.[20] The Île-de-France West medical training and research faculty, located at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, is for the training of doctors and midwives.[21] The institute of languages ​​and international studies, located at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, is for the development of research and training, use of knowledge in languages​​, cultures and international studies.[22] The institute of cultural studies, located at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, welcomes the courses in history, literature, English, Spanish.[23] The higher institute of management, located at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, welcomes the courses in management, information science, communication and educational science.[24]

Graduate schools and institutes[change | change source]

UVSQ as a postgraduate school in engineering, called ISTY, created in 1992 and which delivers two Master's degree specialized in computer science or mechatronics, both recognized by Commission des titres d'ingénieur.[25]

It has also two University Institutes of Technology : one at Velizy[26] and another one at Mantes-en-Yvelines, and also a training center for apprentices (called CFA d'Alembert), created in 2006 and located at Guyancourt.[27]

Observatory[change | change source]

UVSQ has a science of the universe observatory. Located at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, it is where the natural environment, system science and social science courses are done.[28] The university has a strong reputation in sustainable development.[29][30][31]

PhD graduate schools[change | change source]

The university has PhD graduate schools which take care of the PhD students and also of habilitation. There are five schools:[32] Cultures, regulations, institutions and territories,[33] Genome organizations,[33] Environmental Science in Ile de France,[34] Science and technology of Versailles,[35] public health.[36] 102 PhD has been delivered in 2009.

Library and electronic documentation network[change | change source]

Its main library, opened in June 2002, has an area of ​​8,400 square metres (90,000 sq ft) and 100,000 books. In 2005, the university opened the library of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines with an area of ​​7,500 square metres (81,000 sq ft) and 1,100 reading places.[37] In September 2011, another one was opened on the sciences campus, located in Versailles.[38] In total, the university has six academic libraries located, in addition to the campus already mentioned, on those of Velizy, Boulogne-Billancourt, Rambouillet and Mantes,[39] consisting of about 200,000 books, 5,000 digital books and 26,000 magazines and newspapers.[40]

Locations[change | change source]

The university has height campuses in total, on two departments and seven communes. In total, UVSQ has 160,000 square metres (1,700,000 sq ft) of buildings.[41] Versailles campus welcomes the sciences college and the one of computer science. On the campus of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines are located the law and political sciences, social sciences, medical research colleges and the sciences of the universe observatory.[42] At Le Chesnay, another part of the sciences college is located. Vélizy-Villacoublay welcomes the University Institutes of Technology of Vélizy and Rambouillet an annex of it. On the campus of Mantes-la-Jolie is located the University Institutes of Technology of Mantes-en-Yvelines. Mantes-la-ville welcomes the mechatronics college.[43]

Research and training[change | change source]

Courses[change | change source]

In 2012, the Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines offers 50 Bachelor's degree, 10 e-learning courses, 95 Master's degree, 1 Doctor of Medicine degree and 1 Midwifery degree.[44][45]

International relations[change | change source]

From the beginning, the university is part of Erasmus or other programmes. The number of partners is about 230 in 2011.[46] The university has welcomed 330 students from a foreign country in 2010.[47][48]

The university also welcomes foreign students who wants to obtain a French degree. In 2010, they are about 2,400, which is 13,3% of the students. They are much more in the PhD courses, where they are almost half of the students (45%).

Research[change | change source]

Research activities at the university are done in 35 laboratories. It is grouped in six departments: chemistry, physics, materials, renewable energy,[49] environment and sustainable development,[50] mathematics, computer science, engineering sciences,[51] biology and health,[51] cultures, humanities and sciences,[52] institutions and organizations.[52] It have a total of nearly 950 researchers and 715 PhD students.[53]

Student life[change | change source]

Student associations[change | change source]

In September 2011, 31 associations are approved by UVSQ.[54] They are in science, social sciences and humanities, law, medicine, humanitarian-social-environment, communication, entertainment, thought and politics. A student house will open in 2013. It will have an area of ​​1,730 m2 ; this building must accommodate cultural activities, a multipurpose room, an art room, and also a cafeteria.[55]

Sociology[change | change source]

14,226 students are at the university in 2004. 12.5% of students receive scholarships. Concerning the social origins, 49.2% of the students have a favored social origin, 30.6% have an average social origin and 20.2% a disadvantaged social backgrounds.[56]

Demographic changes[change | change source]

1993 1995 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 -
7,209[57] 9,322[57] 10,029[57] 10,200[57] 10,579[58] 10,719[57][59] 12,769[57][60] 13,295[57][60] 14,226[60] 14,765[60] 14,450[61] 13,992[62] 13,654[63] 14,623[64] 15,142[65] -

Key people[change | change source]

Teachers and former teachers[change | change source]

Several sociologists teach or have taught at the university like Roland Guillon,[66] known for his work on the problem of employment and capital, Laurent Mucchielli,[67] specialist in criminology, Philippe Robert,[68] specialized in the study of delinquency, or also Étienne Anheim,[69] Didier Demazière and Claude Dubar.[70]

UVSQ also counts among its current or former teachers historians like Bernard Cottret,[71] honorary member of the Institut Universitaire de France, Christian Delporte, specialist of the twentieth-century[72] of France, Bruno Laurioux,[73] French Middle Ages historian, Jean-Yves Mollier[74] and Loïc Vadelorge,[75] both specialized in contemporary history.

In science, people like the creator of the ext2 file system Rémy Card,[76] the specialist in photography Fabien Danesi,[77] the vice director of the École Normale Supérieure Jean-Charles Darmon[78] or the chemist and member of the French Academy of Sciences Gérard Férey[79] teach or have taught at the university.

Valérie-Laure Bénabou, teacher of law, is also on the faculty.[80]

Doctors Honoris causa[change | change source]

During the honorary degree graduation ceremony the 18th of October 2011, Sylvie Faucheux awards six people:[81] Andrew Abbott (sociology teacher at the University of Chicago[82]), George Bermann (international law teacher at Columbia University[83]), Amos Gitai (director and filmmaker Israeli), Robin Hartshorne (mathematics teacher at the University of California),[84] Günther Lottes (history teacher at the University of Potsdam)[85] and Seiji Miyashita (physics teacher at the University of Tokyo).[86]

Image and communication[change | change source]

The university has a logo showing a white sunrise on a green earth referring to the sustainable development, major theme of the university. It has also diary[87] and a movie diary.[88] Moreover, the university is the initiator of the European project « Europolytec » which purpose is to design a website for careers in computer science and mechatronics.[89]

Related pages[change | change source]

Notes and references[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. (in French)Les chiffres clés Archived 2012-05-17 at the Wayback Machine
  2. (in French)UVSQ, une université à l'âge de tous les possibles Archived 2011-09-02 at the Wayback Machine
  3. (in French)L'université de Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Rapport d'évaluation, p. 3[permanent dead link]
  4. (in French)Témoignages Archived 2012-07-17 at
  6. (in French)Edition spéciale LMD (Licence, Master, Doctorat) - Construction de l'espace universitaire européen - Quelques propositions pour une approche du LMD à l'UVSQ Archived 2018-02-22 at the Wayback Machine
  7. (in French)Un nouveau PRES entre Versailles et Cergy en project Archived 2011-09-18 at the Wayback Machine
  8. (in French)Décret n° 2012-178 du 6 février 2012 portant création de l'établissement public de coopération scientifique « Université du Grand Ouest Parisien »
  9. (in French)« Sciences po : un nouvel IEP en projet entre les universités de Versailles et Cergy » Archived 2012-03-16 at the Wayback Machine
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 (in French)Les 3 conseils de l'université Archived 2011-10-09 at the Wayback Machine
  11. (in French)Didier Guillemot démissionne de la présidence de l'UVSQ
  12. (in French)L’UVSQ voit son budget s’accroître de 13,1 % en 2010 Archived 2010-01-29 at the Wayback Machine
  13. (in French)Les moyens supplémentaires des universités en 2010[permanent dead link]
  15. (in French)Une fondation pour les transports et la mobilité durables[permanent dead link]
  16. 16.0 16.1 (in French)L’université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines crée une seconde fondation partenariale dénommée Mov’eoTec[permanent dead link]
  17. (in French)La Fondation Archived 2012-03-12 at the Wayback Machine
  18. (in French)UFR des sciences[permanent dead link]
  19. (in French)UFR des sciences sociales[permanent dead link]
  20. (in French)Faculté de droit et de science politique (DSP)[permanent dead link]
  21. (in French)UFR des sciences de la santé[permanent dead link]
  22. (in French)Institut des langues et des études internationales (ILEI) Archived 2012-05-23 at the Wayback Machine
  23. (in French)Institut d'études culturelles (IEC) Archived 2012-05-21 at the Wayback Machine
  24. (in French)Institut supérieur de management (ISM)[permanent dead link]
  25. (in French)Institut des Sciences et Techniques des Yvelines Archived 2012-02-01 at the Wayback Machine
  26. (in French)Versailles - IUT Vélizy-Villacoublay
  27. (in French)Guyancourt : le CFA D’Alembert sur les bancs de la fac Archived 2009-03-31 at the Wayback Machine
  28. (in French)Observatoire des sciences de l'univers de l'UVSQ (OVSQ)[permanent dead link]
  29. (in French)Portrait de fac : l’UVSQ mise sur le développement durable Archived 2011-09-18 at the Wayback Machine
  30. (in French)Sylvie Faucheux (présidente de l'UVSQ) : « Les universités qui font du développement durable méritent une médaille » Archived 2011-09-20 at the Wayback Machine
  31. (in French)L’UVSQ incite ses étudiants à s’impliquer dans le développement durable
  32. (in French)Les écoles doctorales Archived 2012-05-21 at the Wayback Machine
  33. 33.0 33.1 (in French)Le potentiel de recherche de l’établissement Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine
  34. (in French)Ecole doctorale des sciences de l'environnement
  35. (in French)evaluation des écoles doctorales de l'Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin en Yvelines, p. 3 Archived 2014-04-28 at the Wayback Machine
  36. (in French)Relevé de conclusions du conseil scientifique Archived 2014-08-02 at the Wayback Machine
  37. (in French)Moderniser nos bibliothèques[permanent dead link]
  38. (in French)UNE NOUVELLE BIBLIOTHÈQUE UNIVERSITAIRE POUR L'UVSQ Archived 2022-01-11 at the Wayback Machine
  39. (in French)Venir à la BU Archived 2012-01-14 at the Wayback Machine
  40. (in French)Un nouveau site pour les bibliothèques universitaires Archived 2012-02-01 at the Wayback Machine
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  44. (in French)Les licenses Archived 2012-03-04 at the Wayback Machine
  45. (in French)Les masters Archived 2012-03-13 at the Wayback Machine
  46. (in French)L'international à l'UVSQ Archived 2011-11-06 at the Wayback Machine
  47. (in French)L’UVSQ en chiffres[permanent dead link]
  48. (in French)Programme Erasmus, Classement français des universités françaises les plus performantes par année académiques Archived 2014-07-13 at the Wayback Machine
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  50. (in French)Recherche Innovation - Valorisation, p. 5[permanent dead link]
  51. 51.0 51.1 (in French)Recherche Innovation - Valorisation, p. 6[permanent dead link]
  52. 52.0 52.1 (in French)Recherche Innovation - Valorisation, p. 7[permanent dead link]
  53. (in French)Recherche Innovation - Valorisation, p. 3[permanent dead link]
  54. (in French)Page le portail des étudiants - Panorama des associations Archived 2012-05-09 at the Wayback Machine
  55. (in French)Région Ile de France : Maison de l'étudiant[permanent dead link]
  56. (in French)Rapport d'évaluation de l'Université de Versailles - Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, p. 9[permanent dead link]
  57. 57.0 57.1 57.2 57.3 57.4 57.5 57.6 (in French)Rapport d'évaluation de l'Université de Marne-la-Vallée, Paris, p. 6 Archived 2008-11-19 at the Wayback Machine
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  61. (in French)Repères et références statistiques sur les enseignements, la formation et la recherche
  62. (in French)Repères et références statistiques sur les enseignements, la formation et la recherche, Imprimerie nationale, p.173
  63. (in French)Repères et références statistiques sur les enseignements, la formation et la recherche
  64. (in French)Repères et références statistiques sur les enseignements, la formation et la recherche
  65. (in French)Michel Quéré, Repères et références statistiques sur les enseignements, la formation et la recherche, 2011, Imprimerie moderne de l’Est, p.175, ISBN 978-2-11-097810-3
  66. (in French)Les tensions sur l’activité en Afrique de l’Ouest, Une approche comparative Nord-Sud Archived 2015-06-10 at the Wayback Machine
  67. (in French)Laurent Mucchielli : « La violence surgit là où il n’y a pas d’autres recourse »
  68. (in French)ENSEIGNEMENTS (E) Archived 2012-11-09 at the Wayback Machine
  69. (in French)Cultures de cour, cultures du corps : pratiques, normes et représentations corporelles dans les cours européennes avant la Révolution
  70. (in French)Piriou Odile[permanent dead link]
  71. (in French)Bernard Cottret Archived 2013-02-13 at
  72. (in French)Christian Delporte tire le portrait des grands « séducteurs » politiques Archived 2011-03-17 at the Wayback Machine
  73. (in French)Bruno Laurioux est nommé directeur scientifique des sciences humaines et sociales du CNRS
  74. (in French)Jean-Yves Mollier
  75. (in French)Loïc Vadelorge Archived 2012-06-20 at the Wayback Machine
  76. (in French)Experts susceptibles de siéger dans les jurys des concours d’accès aux corps des ingénieurs et de personnels techniques et administratifs de recherche et de formation du MESR
  77. (in French)Le mythe brisé de l’Internationale situationniste – L’aventure d’une avant-garde au cœur de la culture de masse (1945-2008)
  78. (in French)Darmon Jean-Charles
  79. (in French)Médaille d'or 2010 du CNRS : Gérard Férey, chimiste et architecte de la matière
  80. (in French)Valérie Laure Benabou
  81. (in French)Cérémonie Docteur Honoris Causa 2011 Archived 2011-10-30 at the Wayback Machine
  82. "ANDREW ABBOTT". Archived from the original on 2012-06-16. Retrieved 2012-06-07.
  83. "George A. Bermann". Archived from the original on 2012-06-16. Retrieved 2012-06-07.
  84. Robin Hartshorne
  85. (in German)Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Günther Lottes Archived 2012-05-29 at the Wayback Machine
  86. Seiji Miyashita[permanent dead link]
  87. (in French)Le journal T'DACtu Archived 2012-01-14 at the Wayback Machine
  88. (in French)UVSQ & Vous - le magazine vidéo de l'université Archived 2012-06-15 at the Wayback Machine
  89. (in French)Bienvenue sur le site internet d'Europolytec / TIC Archived 2011-09-05 at the Wayback Machine

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