Monday 25 January 2021

The internationalization of UniLaSalle continues with the upcoming arrival of Senegalese students in its engineering cycles in agronomy & agro-industry and geology.

Last December, Philippe CHOQUET, Director of UniLaSalle and André SONKO, Director of Cours Sainte Marie de Hann (Senegal) laid the foundations of a project that is in line with the UniLaSalle Group's internationalization policy.

The aim of this agreement is to create a strong and sustainable partnership of mutual interest in the development of a preparatory class of excellence in "Life and Earth Sciences" for the students of the Cours Sainte Marie de Hann and then allow them to join UniLaSalle's "Agronomy and Agro-industries" and "Geosciences and Environment" programs.

Building strong ties with Africa

For Babacar Thioye, an associate professor on the Rouen campus, this rapprochement between the two schools was obvious: "Senegal has a strong potential in terms of agricultural production and natural resources, and the CSMH is positioned as a renowned institution with more than 3,000 students from kindergarten to post-bac, and a history of preparation with FESIC. Originally from Senegal, this specialist in Agroecology and Cropping Systems has worked to create a bridge between his native land and the school where he now teaches: "I played a facilitating role in this partnership because he had been in the pipeline for some time," he says, before continuing: "My background has reassured both partners. In fact, I am now working at UniLaSalle after a thesis in a co-tutorship between France and Senegal. So I have a good knowledge of the higher education system of both countries. Thanks to this project, I can also keep my ties with Senegal! ».

Director of Training at UniLaSalle Rouen, Marc Legras brought his expertise in pedagogical engineering and support at all stages, from setting up the project, the expertise of the premises and resources on site in Dakar, the design and validation of the training model to the start of the first cohort: "This partnership will strengthen the Group's internationalization dynamic. This partnership will strengthen the Group's internationalization dynamic. It completes what has already been started with the Vogt prep school in Cameroon and augurs well for many other partnerships on the African continent".

A first class of Senegalese students welcomed in 2022

Upon their arrival in France, Senegalese students who have completed the preparatory course must be ready to enter the first year of the engineering cycle directly. In order to ensure pedagogical alignment and to allow each student to find his or her feet, UniLaSalle is committed to supporting Cours Sainte Marie in the implementation of this preparatory class from the creation of the pedagogical calendar to the organization of teaching: "We help the school to organize its practical work, deploy new laboratories... and encourage our partner companies to be sponsors of this project," says Babacar, who specifies that UniLaSalle's pedagogical teams will also participate in the admission juries.

For its part, Cours Sainte Marie is committed to promoting this new SVT preparatory course in Senegal, organizing the recruitment of dedicated teachers and implementing the teaching and evaluation of this training.

For the time being, only a bridge will be proposed. It should make it possible to attract SVT students to the Beauvais, Rennes and Rouen campuses. But in the near future, this partnership could also involve the Amiens campus by targeting students from the other two prepas, Physics/Chemistry and Math/Physics, which have already been in place for 7 years at the CSMH. In the meantime, the school is counting on welcoming a first class of about 10 students by September 2022.

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