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ATHENA alliance and HRS4R labeling

European University: ATHENA alliance


The European Commission announced on 9 July 2020 that the European University project associating the University of Orléans with six other universities in Germany, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Portugal and Slovenia (ATHENA Alliance) was the winner of the "European Universities" call for proposals.

Logo ATHENA, Université Européenne

The ATHENA alliance is among the 24 selected projects and has been allocated a budget of 5 million euros over 3 years. As a European University without walls, ATHENA will provide a space for the development of innovative teaching methods, student and staff mobility between the seven partners and the acceleration of cooperation in the field of training and research.

A great opportunity for the University of Orléans, the ATHENA alliance proposes to support the digital transformation in the service of a more sustainable and resource-efficient society.

Operational manager of the ATHENA project for the University of Orléans: Anne Friederike Delouis, Vice-President International Relations - Europe


The University of Orléans gained the "HR Excellence in Research" label


The University of Orléans was awarded the "Human Resources Excellence in Research" label by the European Commission on 22 June 2020.

This label underlines the quality of the work carried out by the University in the field of human ressources management for researchers and reinforces the attractiveness of the organisation to researchers. It is also an asset for obtaining European Union funding for research projects.


The label is organised around 4 main areas, responding to the themes and requirements of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers, to which the University of Orléans is a signatory:

  • Ethics and practice of the research profession
  • Recruitment (Researchers, Teachers-Researchers, A.T.E.Rs, post-doctoral students, doctoral students)
  • Working conditions
  • Training

This project, which is part of the instituional policy, has brought together a large number of staff in working groups. It required a great deal of exchange and reflection and made it possible to identify ways of improving practices in these fields. This work led to the development of an action plan that was approved by the Supervisory Board in January 2019.

This action plan has already allowed to improve the practices in some fields such as: the generalisation of thesis monitoring committees, the systematic publication of posts in two languages on the EURAXESS portal, the implementation of salary grids for contract research staff, etc., and there are still many progress to come as a result of this continuous improvement approach.

With this label now held by 26 higher education and/or research establishments in France, including 13 French universities, the University of Orléans will continue to deploy its action plan and to pursue this continuous improvement.

The University will submit a first Internal Review in two years time’ after the award was acknowledged  and a second Internal Review in five years followed by an external assessment which will be carried out by the European Commission’s experts.

Labellisation HRS4R


University Open to the International


The University of Orleans is widely open to international students, with 14% of students of foreign nationality, and nearly 90 countries represented.

Every year, nearly 500 Orléans students go to study or do an internship in 150 universities and partner companies located in Europe and outside Europe.

Teaching partnerships through double degrees, joint doctoral supervision, participation in international research programmes, and the hosting of foreign researchers are all assets that enable students to aim for international professional integration and enable the University of Orléans to be present and recognised well beyond our borders.

Open to the international market