EU-CONEXUS: our European University
In line with La Rochelle Université’s institutional project, EU-CONEXUS not only reflects its ambitions for internationalisation, it also shares the same values: specialization of research, exemplarity, innovation and solidarity. On a European scale, EU-COENXUS reflects La Rochelle Université’s desire to build a new model of university: interdisciplinary, specialised in research on the Smart Urban Coastal Sustainability (SmUCS) topics, oriented towards excellence, and open to the world.
EU-CONEXUS in numbers :
- 9 partners universities
- +8 100 staff members
- +71 000 students
- 98 research units
- 3 joint courses programmes : 2 minors, 1 master
LINE 1: A UNIVERSITY STRUCTURED AROUND ITS RESEARCH SPECILISATION: SMART URBAN COASTAL SUSTAINABILITY
Both specialised on research about Smart Urban Coastal Sustainability La Rochelle Université intends to take advantage of EU-CONEXUS to accelerate research at all levels within this field. Indeed, gathering 9 European Universities, EU-CONEXUS is facilitating the share of knowledge, skills and scientific resources. Allowing better flows of information and ressources, it, above all, permits joint actions to be initiated, thus boosting research on smart urban coastal sustainability topics.
Line 2: EDUCATIONAL TRANSFORMATION THROUGH AN INNOVATIVE TRAINING SYSTEM BASED ON RESEARCH
As La Rochelle Université, EU-CONEXUS strongly believes in interdisciplinarity and excellence to foster the success of its students both at the university as when entering the workforce. Hence, the European University integrates the major/minor concept already used in La Rochelle. This concept gives the opportunity to the students to personalise their pathways enhancing their curiosity and giving them time to discover different possibilities in order to help them choose the studies which will most interest and motivate them.
With the will to support the success and integration of its students, and in line with the diversity of sandwich courses La Rochelle Université offers, EU-CONEXUS has co-created courses hand in hand with socioeconomic partners in order to train its students accordingly to the field’s needs.
Furthermore, because professional projects can arise aside of the studies pathways, La Rochelle Université integrated the CampusInnov initiative. CampusInnov offers “spaces and facilities allowing startups or laboratories to emerge, and for existing companies: resources to find new ways to innovate”. Similar devices and spaces are also put into place within EU-CONEXUS to support and guide students and/or researchers with their research, innovation or entrepreneurship projects…
Finally, as training and learning continue throughout one’s professional life, the European University, like La Rochelle Université, offers long life learning courses to professionals so they can deepen or diversify their skills.
LINE 3: AN ACTOR OF SOCIOECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
At local and national scales, La Rochelle Université actively contributes to the socioeconomic development of its territory. For instance, the French University initiates and encourages various research and innovation projects while also working with local businesses and institutions.
With EU-CONEXUS, La Rochelle Université is bringing its will to positively impact the territory it is located on at a European scale. Therefore, the European University is partnering with both European and local businesses and organisations of the nine countries it is represented on. In La Rochelle, EU-CONEXUS is now associated with the leisure and commercial ports, the city of La Rochelle, its agglomeration community as well as the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.
Represented in 9 different countries, EU-CONEXUS’s partners are both the voices of Europe during local and European events and the voices of their own territory.
LINE 4: ONTO A SMART AND SUSTAINABLE CAMPUS
Following La Rochelle Université’s ambition to become a « Smart Campus », EU-CONEXUS integrates sustainable development issues into the development of its campus in order to make it the “European Green Campus” of tomorrow.