Leaders representing 86 leading universities of Science and Technology (S&T) from 33 countries on four continents have gathered in Paris to address the challenges of S&T education and training in the 21 century.
The central theme is the novel approaches in education and training required to tackle the societal challenges of the 21st century, such as climate change and ensuring citizens’ health, wellbeing and security.
The meeting of both associations in parallel allows universities to make strategic international collaborations and partnerships, strengthens academic networks, facilitates exchanges of best practices, and create new connections among students and staff alike.
At a time when democracy and academic freedom of thought are threatened across the world by trends such as nationalism and alternative facts, we stand together as a global community of universities of S&T committed to developing the human capital needed to embrace the challenges and opportunities of our time.
Sylvie Retailleau, President of Université Paris-Saclay, said “The ambition of Université Paris-Saclay is to create a campus invested by students, researchers, teachers, professors, and staff, open to the territory and society at large.
“We are committed to tackle seven societal challenges—such as energy transition, climate and environment, the import of digital transformation and AI, or industry renewal—that are also reflected on national and European levels.”
Romain Soubeyran, Director General of CentraleSupélec, said "T.I.M.E. and CESAER are key networks since 30 years. Such networks are the engines of the future European Higher Education Area and its partners and are exactly what we need to tackle the global challenges. The CentraleSupélec engagement is absolutely strategic"
Sir Jim McDonald, President of CESAER, stated: “It is a great pleasure to be hosted by theUniversité Paris-Saclay and to hold our annual conference in parallel with the T.I.M.E. Association, and congratulate them on their 30th anniversary.
“The collaboration and engagement of the higher education system across Europe is vital in addressing such 21st century challenges as climate change.
“The power, contributions and impact of 52 universities of science and technology combined with the inventiveness of students and staff can be a major factor in achieving the societal change we need.”
Gérard Degrez, President of T.I.M.E., added “Educating engineers and more generally people in international education is the best investment for a peaceful world.”