A word from Alain Fuchs

Président of Université PSL
"The panel of experts was sensitive to the situation of the institution that I was running and its expectations, not hesitating to adapt its evaluation approach to the institution, so that the evaluation exercise was as beneficial as possible."

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As the former President of a national research body, the CNRS, and current President of a new university, PSL, I have had dealings with the High Council for the Evaluation of Higher Education and Research in different contexts. In both cases the panel of experts was sensitive to the situation of the institution that I was running and its expectations, not hesitating to adapt its evaluation approach to the institution, so that the evaluation exercise was as beneficial as possible. This was particularly the case for the evaluation of PSL, where the panel quickly became aware of the current limits of the Communities of Universities and Establishments model for carrying out an evaluation guided solely by the desire to accompany this young institution in its move towards integration and to suggest ideas that would be useful to its development. This attitude, combined with the freedom given to institutions to organise their evaluation themselves and the opportunity that is given to them to exercise a right to respond, is a fine example of an approach where institutions are judged on the basis of trust and in a responsible manner.