A rapid assessment of the French university system shows that, in spite of its diversity and richness, it is not ready for the current context of discontinuity. Rather, it is set up along rigid lines; and this in a world where it is becoming crucial to be flexible and reactive, to encourage risk-taking and environments in which talent can bloom.
The question is indeed one of excellence; however the excellence needs to possess agility in its processes.
Keeping in mind the two goals of excellence and agility in all of its actions, the challenge facing UCA is to develop and reinforce the site’s advantages, to overcome identified weaknesses, to structure and to increase the consortium’s visibility around the world.
More exactly, our ambition is to:
- Move the UCA squarely up into world-class research and innovation rankings, with a high-profile international attractiveness
- Confer upon UCA the role of an international leader in transdisciplinary research, by encouraging an adapted scientific and intellectual posture, and by de-compartmentalizing the various topical components through joint projects
- Attract to UCA, students and researchers with strong creative potential through an ambitious range of training and research programs that includes state-of-the-art information and communication technologies and by drawing artistic creation and scientific creation closer together
- Anchor UCA in its territory by multiplying interactions between academic research and private development research
- Make UCA an essential partner in areas with strong socio-economic potential, especially the use of digital domains in the sectors of health, well-being, aging, environment-related hazards, and the smart city and territory.
To support this new university model, it is necessary to create an organization that favors new interactions between the disciplines and between fundamental and applied research. The coordination required to initiate the UCA project must take the form of entities that progressively organize, secure and develop new types of interactions between all the directly involved players. From the academic coordination standpoint, several levels should be kept in mind: that of scientific organization; and that of interactions between fundamental research and innovation; that of governance.
The consortium’s partners have committed to certain core values.
- Fundamental human rights: members of UCA share common values as expressed in the European Union charter
- Academic freedom: UCA and its professors are independent, and cherish and defend free inquiry and scholarly responsibility
- Excellence: UCA, through its students, academies, staff and alumni, strives for excellence and educates students to the highest standards. It offers an environment and networks in which talent can bloom and grow extensively
- Advancing and Sharing knowledge: UCA supports scholarly pursuits that contribute to the creation of knowledge and understanding within an interdisciplinary methodology and seeks opportunities to share them broadly
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship: UCA thinks and acts like an enterprising and creative University capable of creating a genuine dynamic of ideas and innovation, able to support and reward transformative initiatives, openness to the world, risk-taking and transformation
- Public Interest: UCA embodies the highest standards of service and works within the wider community to enhance the public good.