Climate and biodiversity lab in the Caribbean Europe

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The University of the Antilles investigates in adaptation to global warming, volcanism, tropical ecosystems and Caribbean cultures in its academics poles in Guadeloupe and Martinique. The only francophone and European university in the region, 40% of its 12,000 students will move, by 2022, through the RUP Campus formed by seven universities from the EU outermost regions

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THE UNIVERSITY of the Antilles has been able to transform vulnerability due to the effects of global warming into the opportunity to scientifically anticipate them. The Caribbean insularity of Guadeloupe and Martinique –its two poles– is a unique observatory in Europe of climate change and its impact. The tropical environment, with its biodiversity and also its high exposure to natural risks –climatic, atmospheric, seismic and volcanic– is «a great asset» –in the words of the institution itself– of the scientific specialization of this public university of the State, created in 1982 as University of the Antilles and Guayana, which was transformed in 2015 into University of the Antilles by means of a French law of creation of the University of Guayana as an independent academic institution.

His research interests include climate, renewable energies, tropical ecosystems, epidemiology, health in sport, multilingualism and interculturality in the Caribbean region. Their work teams in energy systems engineering, materials engineering applied to energy efficiency or biotechnology for the agri-food industry produce knowledge and technology for adaptation to climate change.

Université des Antilles
© Université des Antilles.

The Antilles is one of the seven universities of the Campus RUP alliance, the overseas European university project that chooses to be elected in the first call of the European Universities Initiative, within the Erasmus Plus program. The synergies of the outermost regions universities will generate an international platform for university mobility and innovation in blue economy, biodiversity and clean energy, of high value for the European Union climate and sustainability strategy. In Campus RUP, the University of the Antilles leads the work plot on the implementation of the joint academic curriculum. Under its coordination, the credit transfer and recognition system, the courses on the Campus virtual platform, the virtual mobility activities and the university-industry cooperation scheme will be designed.

© Université des Antilles

40% of the University of the Antilles community –students, professors, researchers and administration and services personnel– will move through the Campus RUP in the next three years. In total, 270 university students from the Antilles will stay at the universities of Azores (65), Madeira (65), La Laguna (65) and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (65). Another 4,260 will follow the Master in Blue Economy or the Master in European Studies in the virtual platform of the Campus RUP. The Antilles, on the other hand, will host university graduates from Azores (20), Madeira (20), La Laguna (44) and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (44) at their academic centers in Guadeloupe and Martinique.

Another vision of Europe

The University of the Antilles has enrolled 12,000 undergraduate students and 320 doctoral students in its two Doctorate schools. It has five campuses: two in the Martinique Community and three in the Region-Department of Guadalupe. It has 484 teacher-researchers. Its president since 2017 is Eustase Janky, doctor and professor of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

Eustase Janky
Eustase Janky. – © Université des Antilles.

The international strategy of the university, with more than 200 partners in 24 countries, is under the care of Professor Dominique Aurelia, an expert in Caribbean literature. The foreign action is aimed at «the construction of a network of international alliances for ambitious and demanding research and innovation dynamics at the service of multidisciplinary training programs», according to the university in the institutional information section of its website. joins the Campus RUP alliance as an opportunity to develop research projects «thanks to our specific geographical situation» as outermost regions.

The universities of the Consortium –affirms the team of Rector Eustase Janky– «will help to develop another vision of Europe in terms of sustainability». For the University of the Antilles, «the spirit of Campus RUP adapts perfectly to our need to welcome to students from other outermost regions and to provide an effective framework for cooperation with partners and universities. » On page 40 of the project presented by the seven academic partners of Campus RUP -more than a non-academic partner, the Ministry of Education of the Canary Islands Government-, the University of the Antilles explains that, in its educational and scientific offer, «the tropical is a great asset, for example, in the field of earth sciences, biology and biodiversity, which are the specialties on the campus of Guadalupe, or in the Humanities, on the campus of Martinique».

Université des Antilles
© Université des Antilles.

Being «the only francophone university in a multilingual Caribbean» –as the University of the Antilles is defined– adds value to Campus RUP and the European Higher Education and Research Area. The institution develops cooperation agreements with scientific and academic entities of Barbados, Saint Lucia, Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad, Dominican Republic and Saint Lucia. Its partnerships with the University of Louisiana and the University of the West Indies (Jamaica), among others, make the University of the Antilles an experienced partner in international cooperation in research and higher education. Campus RUP will benefit from its position as a research center of the Caribbean region and its specialization in climate change and tropical biodiversity. Becoming «the only francophone university in Caribbean» -as the University of the Antilles is defined- adds value to Campus RUP and the European Higher Education and Research Area.

The institution develops cooperation agreements with scientific and academic entities of Barbados, Saint Lucia, Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad, Dominican Republic and Saint Lucia. Its partnerships with the University of Louisiana and the University of the West Indies (Jamaica), among others, make the University of the Antilles an experienced partner in international cooperation in research and higher education. RUP Campus will benefit from its position as a research center of the Caribbean region and its specialization in climate change and tropical biodiversity.

Dominique Aurelia

The Vice President of the University of The Antilles responds the Europa Rup questionnaire about the Campus RUP Consortium.

«Campus RUP will extend the reach, penetration and aura of the European Higher Education Area»


University of the Antilles

http: //www.univ-ag.fr

Founding year

1982, as University of the Antilles and Guayana, and 2015, as University of the Antilles.

Headquarters

Guadalupe and Martinique.

Presidency

Eustase Janky

Studies

27 Degree programs, 23 of Master, 36 of Doctorate.

Library

Seven university libraries.

Mission

  1. Initial and continuous training.
  2. Scientific and technological research, dissemination and evaluation of results.
  3. Orientation and professional insertion.
  4. Dissemination of culture and scientific and technical information.
  5. Participation in the European Higher Education and Research Area.
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