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Unions take fight to Paris-Saclay

Nine higher education unions have jointly condemned the latest plans for the Paris-Saclay University project, which they say furthers an “elitist and mercantile vision” of research.

Under plans pursued by the Paris-Saclay board, Paris-Sud University would take sole leadership of the 19-partner project. A university college, which concentrates on teaching of undergraduate degrees, would be split off from the research-focused main university.

In a statement on 19 September, the unions said that the split would lead to the main university becoming “wholly preoccupied with achieving so-called excellence as measured by international rankings such as Shanghai” while the university college would become a “dustbin college”.

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