Université de Bretagne-Sud
The Université de Bretagne-Sud (University of South Brittany, UBS) has 8,578 students over three campuses (Lorient, Vannes and Pontivy). UBS is made up of 6 faculties (2 university technology institutes, 1 engineering school, 3 training and research units), 10 research laboratories, 1 doctoral college and 4 structural themes.
Founded in 1995, UBS works towards social advancement and economic and cultural development in the region. Multidisciplinary, modern and innovative, UBS has experienced uninterrupted growth, supported by its strong desire for closeness and professionalisation:
- closeness to students, the local economic and cultural world, and local authorities,
- democratising access to higher education and successful studies.
This policy has proven its worth through:
- steady growth in student numbers,
- above-average student success,
- high rates of graduates finding jobs.
As a multidisciplinary university, UBS’s courses and research play their part in international and European excellence through student mobility, joint honours degrees, and the University’s work as part of research programmes led by the French National Research Agency (ANR) and the European Union, among others. Additionally, through the socio-economic and inter-university networks of which it is a member, UBS’s commitment reflects a tradition of cooperation between establishments, demonstrating its effectiveness through several cross-disciplinary operations. UBS has recently defined 4 cross-disciplinary themes, which structure both its research and its teaching: Sustainable Development, Management and Society, Systems Engineering, Modelling and Digital Environments.
The SOLENN project corresponds perfectly to this policy of cross-disciplinary development, dealing with issues in sustainable development, systems engineering and our changing society. UBS is proposing an original approach – involving laboratories with complementary skills in the project: teams from LABSTICC (systems engineering, psychology and ergonomics) and IREA (marketing) as well as a sociologist from Telecom Bretagne’s LUSSI Laboratory (Logics in Uses, Social Sciences and Information Science). Ergonomists and sociologists have already carried out joint studies of the introduction of new ITC solutions in a professional context; these studies were carried out as part of GIS M@rsouin.