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Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ)

The Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ) is a public medium-size HEI created in 1991. The university is home to 20.000 students and around 1.400 professors and lecturers, and has various campuses located in Versailles (15 kilometers away from Paris) and in other 4 locations throughout the French department of Yvelines (Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Mantes-en-Yvelines, Rambouillet and Velizy). It is a multidisciplinary university that offers courses at every level in different areas such as Environment, Science and Technology, Law, Social Sciences, Medicine, Human Sciences, Economics, and Management. UVSQ lives up to the expectations and needs of various types of audiences within the framework of initial education, apprenticeships, distance learning, continuing education, and vocational training. Being a proximity university, UVSQ hence provides students with support to professional orientation .

In addition to teaching, research is one of the two main areas of focus at UVSQ and it develops innovative, fundamental and applied cutting-edge research. It is home to 32 research laboratories, and can rely on a network of national research organizations.

Furthermore, UVSQ is a founding member of the Université Paris Saclay (UPSay), a newly created world-class excellence university bringing 19 HEIs, around 60.000 students and 10.500 researchers together. Being one of two universities within UPSay, UVSQ is of paramount importance and its education and research programs are what give it such importance. UVSQ is fully aware of this specificity and takes its role very seriously.

Since 2012, the promotion of the university’s international cooperation policy has become a major objective. 200 UVSQ outgoing students and 150 incoming students benefit from a mobility program each year. UVSQ enjoys 230 effective partnerships with foreign institutions and boasts 3.000 international students overall, which makes it a dynamic HEI at European and world levels. The development and internationalization of the European Higher Education area is a key component and we yearn to develop further out collaborations within Europe.

In recognition of the high level of performance of its research and teaching programs, UVSQ has recently been listed as one of the top universities in France in the Center for World University Rankings and in the Best Global Universities Rankings, which are notable achievements regarding its relative small size. In addition, 11 UVSQ tracks were awarded “pepites de la fac” by French newspapers Le Nouvel Observateur in 2014 – a ranking rewarding the very best courses in France.

Team member
Prof.dr Jacques Pothier
Prof.dr Jacques Pothier is an Emeritus Professor of  American Studies at the Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin en Yvelines and at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques of St Germain-en-Laye. He is the acting president of MICEFA, the Mission Interuniversitaire de Coopération et d’Echanges Franco-Américains. He is also a former vice-president of the Institut des Amériques (France, a former president of the French Association for American Studies and member of the board of the European Association for American Studies. Until Aug. 31, 2018, he was the associate head of the Humanities and Social Sciences division in the doctoral program in Social Sciences and Humanities at Université Paris-Saclay.

He is a strong advocate of interdisciplinary training in intercultural European and international studies. A Fulbright alumnus, his fields of research at the Centre d’Histoire Culturelle des Sociétés Contemporaines cover the literature of the South, interactions between the literature and history of the South and Latin-American literature, modernism and post-modernism, literature and the visual arts, the theme of space, the epistemology of American Studies, the role of literature in the construction of ethnic, local or national identities and as privileged field for cultural transfer in the Atlantic world. He is a translator and editor in the edition of the works of William Faulkner in la Pléiade, Gallimard.

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