Every national EURAXESS network has a bridgehead organisation (ENO) which acts as a coordinator at the national level and liaise with the European Commission, national governments and other organisations.

They coordinate and support the whole network of EURAXESS and Career development centres at the national level and represent their countries at the meetings at the European level.

The EURAXESS France network is coordinated by the French Rectors’ Conference (CPU)

 

The French Rectors' Conference (CPU) gathers executives of the 74 French universities, including 6 ultra-marine universities and 3 universities of technology, 2 écoles centrales, 4 national institutes of applied sciences, 3 national polytechnic institutes, 4 écoles normales supérieures, 16 grands établissements, 5 French schools abroad and 8 COMUEs, representing 1.6 million students.

The CPU thus garthers 116 members on the national territory and represents, via its links with institutions and schools, the main force in terms of higher education, research and innovation in France.

The CPU participates actively in the public debate on education issues, and plays a proactive consulting and negotiating role with the public authorities, the various higher education and research networks, social and economic partners and national and international institutions.

 

 


Coordinated by the French Rectors' Conference (CPU) since 2009, the French network was incorporated as an association in January 2013.

The EURAXESS France association is made up of 39 members, institutions hosting EURAXESS centres (COMUEs, universities, associations, foundations) and associated organisations which are represented through the association's bodies.

 


The French EURAXESS network articulates its work around 7 working groups aimed at facilitating the reception and mobility of foreign researchers:

  • the "housing" group has published a bilingual guide for foreign researchers detailing French housing practices; a new interactive version of this guide shall be available soon.
  • the "communication" group is responsible for developing promotional tools for the EURAXESS France network;
  • the "ALFRED" group: the network has a database allowing service centres to set up detailed follow-ups for persons who have been provided with accommodation and assistance. This database is set up and run by FnAK-CiUP and is based on voluntary registrations. The working group is responsible for monitoring the national database of foreign researchers,
  • the "best practices/quality" group, is responsible for setting up an identification system and system for the exchange of best practices within the French network.
  • the "procedures" group has sent various ministries a series of comprehensive proposals in relation to migration procedures affecting foreign researchers (harmonisation of prefectural practices, changes of status, renewal of residence permits, etc.).
  • the "trainings" group is responsible for identifying network members' needs and responding to them by offering appropriate training.
  • the "EURAXESS portal" group has been created to update the content of the French national EURAXESS portal and to improve the quantity and the quality of information that reserchers can find on this portal.
 

 

  • Example of our activities: the General Assembly of the EURAXESS network, a time for presentations, reflection on current projects and training.

This video has been created by: ComUE Languedoc-Roussillon Universités. 

 

 

 

  • EURAXESS centres are coordinated by national bridgehead organisations appointed by the respective ministries of each participating country. On behalf of France, the participation in the EURAXESS project is managed by the CPU (French Rectors’ Conference) office in Brussels.

  • The national network coordinators are also grouped together in a common project called “EURAXESS TOP” funded by the European research and innovation programme Horizon 2020.

  • The past EURAXESS TOP III project (Enhancing the Outreach and Effectiveness of the EURAXESS Network Partners) - continuity of TOP and TOP II projects - reinforced the transnational cooperation, helped the network to work on common issues and developed new tools for the centres of the European EURAXESS network. Learn more about the TOPIII project on its website.

  • The on-going TOP IV project (Open EURAXESS - To strengthen the effectiveness and optimise the services of an innovative EURAXESS network), which started in September 2018 for a period of three years, aims at improving the quality of services offered by the EURAXESS centres and introduce innovative methods to improve the career development of mobile researchers.