UPPA’s Foundation is Underway

In mid-April 2023, the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research unveiled the results of its call for projects to accelerate the development strategies of higher education and research institutions (ASDESR). The University of Pau and Pays de l'Adour is one of 44 winners, out of some 50 applications submitted, which will share a total of 200 million euros.

UPPA's project, called “Europe, Training and Innovation Development (DEFI) - UPPA 2030,” will be granted 5 241 816 euros for its three components:

  • The creation of a partnership foundation to welcome, on the one hand, up to 200 talented students from the local, national and international territory in our training courses at all levels and, on the other hand, many professionals from the private sector for the implementation of new engineering practices in research laboratories, training courses and support structure;
  • Increased success in responding to European calls for projects, in research and training, with the creation of a dedicated desk for professional support to researchers and teachers-researchers, in order to consolidate UPPA's status as an international center of excellence in its areas of specialization;
  • An  extensive offer of training through apprenticeship and work-study programs in order to meet the increased demand for interdisciplinary skills and to strengthen professional integration. UPPA must offer an original lifelong training program (FTLV) that relies on an exceptional instrumental force in the fields of energy and the environment.

The ASDESR call for projects

The ASDESR program aims to support the implementation of a policy of sustainable development of own resources based on a well-defined institutional strategy. Government funding is concentrated on human resources, one of the main objectives being to recruit and retain staff with skills that are rare in higher education and research, and to ensure that they are financed by resources linked to the development of the activity concerned.

The focus of this call was on lifelong learning and access to European funding, but other types of activity were also eligible, such as heritage development and sponsorship.