Evelyne Lefèvre has just been elected Director of Roanne’s IUT, succeeding Nabih Nejjar, who has been in office since 2012. In three questions, she looks back on her career, her commitment to the campus project and the projects she considers priorities for the IUT.
Previously a teacher at Roanne’s IUT and recently appointed Associate Vice President with responsibility for the Roanne campus alongside the Presidential team. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your background?
Originally from Roanne, I continued my studies at the Jean Monnet University Saint-Étienne, where I obtained a master’s degree in English. I have a International career having spent the first ten years of my professional life in the United States and specifically in New Zealand where I taught and directed the Alliance Française of Auckland.
Returning to France, I very quickly joined IUT de Roanne as an English teacher and a year later as International Relations Officer. In this role, I worked closely with the training directors, the IUT of Saint-Étienne and the international department.
I have been involved in various university committees since 2014, as a member of the Council of the IUT de Roanne for 8 years and as a member of the UJM Board of Directors since 2021. I am also involved in the CVEC Commission and the Sports Council. In 2019 I also held the position of Project Manager for the European Alliance ARQUS for the University of Lyon, on the Plurilingual University and Intercultural axis.
In 2021, the newly elected government appointed me Associate Vice President at the Roanne campus. Since then I have initiated and coordinated many projects that are undoubtedly my trademark: the establishment of an international university diploma, a center for the reception of international students, educational innovation projects at Roanne’s IUT and student life projects with the Roannais agglomeration.
I have coordinated several projects at European level Erasmus and I am involved in leading a university consortium.
My professional career, characterized by the construction of projects, experience abroad and numerous international cooperations, enriched my classes in project management, international management and English and also shared practical insights with students. In general, it also made me understand and work collaboratively.
For the past 18 months, Roanne’s presidential teams and management team have been pursuing a strong approach to campus development that includes a new dynamic in terms of education, research, but also campus life. Can you present it to us?
When I joined the Executive Committee team in 2021 as Deputy Vice President at Campus Roanne, it was my job to represent them for all questions relating to the Roanne site and to coordinate the campus project in Roanne. .
In the last 18 months we have worked together and with the actors of the Roanne site, the central services, the Faculty of Science and Technology and the IAE of Saint-Étienne, the birth of this campus in Roanne, rebuilt around a single component of increased scale: the Roanne IUT. Launched in June 2021, the project was approved by the various authorities in the first half of 2022.
Since the beginning of the academic year 2022 Roanne IUT hosts 5 GOAL courses, 4 professional licenses, 2 general licenses including 1 health access license and 2 masters and educates 1,600 students each year, including 300 working students and almost 300 working students.
After this mission, I naturally wanted to continue investing in this project as Director of Roanne’s IUT, accompanied by a management team. This new phase will be an opportunity to continue and strengthen the development of our links with our institutional and socio-economic partners in order to build an attractive IUT for our students, our staff and our partners and to face new challenges.
The new campus dynamic Roanne is based on the IUT Roanne. Can you tell us more about the new features and new missions? Which projects have you identified as priorities for the institute?
The Roanne IUT is now an atypical institute on the national landscape. Located on a nearby campus consisting of a research laboratory (LASPI) and an incubator, it houses training courses for University Technological Bachelors (BUT) as well as General Licenses and Masters. It trains 1,600 students every year, including 300 working students.
The goal for the next 5 years is initially to bring out a location identity : Now that the administrative unit is in place, it’s a question of allowing staff and students to embrace this new perimeter. This includes the development of new spaces for collaboration, meetings, a new graphic charter, the implementation of common tools and procedures and an evolution of their governance.
A student council will be set up shortly. The elected students and leadership team can therefore rely on this advice to engage the students in the dynamics of the site.
research pagewill be about promoting the teamwork of our faculty on campus, developing local synergies for the benefit of research and supporting the excellence initiatives of the laboratory.
Finally it will be time strengthen our educationfrom promoting the measures taken, and from generate new projectsbased on our networks and our partners, all in close collaboration with the university teams.