Franco-American seminar to boost our university exchanges

To celebrate the historic relationship between France and the United States, MICEFA and California State University organized a series of seminars between June 17 and 21, 2019, at various higher education institutions in Ile-de-France, including Université Paris-Sud.

MICEFA (Mission Interuniversitaire de Coordination des Echanges Franco-Américains), founded in 1985, is an association that brings together 16 universities in Paris and Ile-de-France and more than 60 partner universities in North America (USA and Canada). This association promotes scientific and cultural cooperation between France and English-speaking North America.

In particular, MICEFA organizes seminars focusing on international partnerships sponsored by CSU (California State University) through the Academic Council of International Programs (ACIP) to internationalize members of staff from various disciplines, drawn from every CSU campus.

The mission of CSU International Programs (CSU IP) is to develop the intercultural skills and communication of students and staff. This series of seminars, organized in various different countries in collaboration with partners, will promote further development of exchanges and a better mutual understanding.

Between June 17 and 21, seminars were held at the Hotel Talleyrand (the Embassy of the United States in France), Université Versailles-St Quentin, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, Université de Nanterre and on June 19 at Université Paris-Sud.

At the seminar at the Embassy of the United States in France on June 17, a student of Université Paris-Sud, a beneficiary of the program, from the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Science and Technology, gave a presentation on his visit with very positive feedback on his experiences.

On June 19, a seminar was held on Université Paris-Sud’s Orsay campus. With its objectives being to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles (1919) and, more generally, to cement the historical relationship between France and the United States, the MICEFA - CSU IP seminar provided an opportunity for participants to discuss global issues and global challenges one hundred years on from that historic date. Following a short presentation on Paris-Saclay and Université Paris-Sud, a number of addresses were given, including two by speakers from the Faculté Jean Monnet: "(Re)negotiating the Versailles Peace Treaty 100 years later: A Pedagogical Outlook on a Transnational Simulation Exercise" by Professor Delphine Placidi-Frot and "Teaching Comparative Law: A Case Study from Climate Change Litigation" by Dr. Pauline Abadie.

All the presentations, including the introduction focusing on the Paris-Saclay project, gave rise to discussion of the topics raised. The day ended with a "campus tour" by coach, which gave participants a very comprehensive overview of the university, from the green valley, including an improvised picnic in the shade of ancient trees, via the area under construction with the new laboratories and buildings, to the site of the future sports ground.

Contact: Chantal Escudié - International Relations Department - chantal.escudie @ u-psud.fr