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Student Council Campaigns Bring Fun and Puns to Chilly April Week

Sup'Biotech's campus has become a cross between a battlefield and a fairground as two competing groups, Sharkomere and Western Shot, try to win votes for this week's student union elections through a charm offensive on students and professors.

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Pop music blasting out of monitors, inflatable plastic buildings, saloons, teepees, pools full of sharks and crêpe stands characterized the two campaigns, which sought to stand out as the funnest, most dynamic group before the votes are cast.

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Western Shot also had a day centered on Asian cultures.

Elections for student board, or bureau des élèves in French, occur every few years. The teams consist of second-year students who, if elected, will comprise the student board until they graduate, when a new selection will take place.

Western Shot, whose campaign followed a cowboy theme, said they wanted to stand out for their dynamism and lack of formal structure.

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"We want to have a great week and demonstrate what great events we can put on", said Léonard Raimbault of Western Shot.

"The other group is more strict and militaristic; we have a more laid-back approach that we think people will appreciate," said one member.

The group set up a "saloon" full of games and wore tan outfits with their logo on them. Proving that engineering students are no strangers to wordplay, the group take their name from "western blot", an analytical technique used to analyze specific proteins in tissue samples.

Sporting a similarly impressive name were Sharkomere, who took their name from sarcomeres, the basic unit of muscle tissue which is responsible for contraction and release. The group adopted an aquatic theme with inflatable buildings and a pool full of balloon sharks.

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"Our campaign is more human and endearing than the other one", said Sharkomere member Paul Goudeau.

"Sharkomere is more like a family," said member Adrien Rocha. "We want to create a great atmosphere on campus and make students happy".

While whether the differences between the two campaigns are profound or merely cosmetic is to Sup'Biotech students to decide at the end of this week. One thing the groups have in common? They both make fantastic crêpes (this is a French university, after all).

The Permaculture Revolution Comes to Sup'Biotech!

As part of their Sup'Biotech Innovation Project (SBIP), a group of enterprising Sup'Biotech students have set up a permaculture ecosystem in an unitilized patch of earth next to one of the educational buildings.

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"This was previously a very inactive part of campus", said Jonathan Naccache of the plot of land where they set up their farm. "We wanted to rehabilitate the soil and give the area new life."

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The ecosystem was constructed using waste materials acquired at industrial zones. It utilizes a self-sustaining virtuous cycle in which the waste products created by some plants feed the growth of the others. It also uses a high degree of biodiversity in order to reinvigorate the soil with nitrates and other fertility-providing compounds.

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The students said they had not previously worked on permaculture-related projects, but simply felt passionate about the idea and had a great time putting it into motion. They haven't set their sights on transforming agriculture practices, just on reinvigorating the interest in agriculture on Sup'Biotech's campus.

"The school didn't have a great agricultural life before", said Antoine Alliaume. "We hope this idea will catch on and inspire or motivate others to take part in permaculture."

2 Sup'Biotech Students Go to Amsterdam for Study Abroad Fair

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2 Sup'Biotech students were sent to Amsterdam's Radboud University to represent their school while attending Radboud's international fair.

The event, Radboud Beyond Borders Live, took place at Radboud's Nijmegen campus as part of the Faculty of Science's study abroad week. The students were invited to strengthen the connection between the two schools and participated in several site visits, a dinner with the faculty board and guided tours within the department of study. They also gave a presentation promoting Sup'Biotech during the information evening for study abroad.

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"Everything is going great", said Sup'Biotech student Solène Foe. "We had a really nice first day!"

"It started a bit roughly because there was an accident on the railroad, so there was no train to Nijmegen from the airport. We struggled for 3 hours and arrived an hour late; unfortunately we missed the welcome speech."

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"The rest of the day was more positive. We met the other embassadors: two Spanish girls from Barcelona, a German boy and two German girls from different universities and a boy from Glasgow. We plan on getting more information about their respective universities soon. We are accompanied by the Beyond Border Welcoming committee of three boys and two girls. Everybody is really friendly and we all got along very quickly!"

On Tuesday the students visited the city and the school's astrology department.

Check in soon for more information about Sup'Biotech students' travels!

2 Sup'Biotech Students Go to Amsterdam for Study Abroad Fair

2 Sup'Biotech students were sent to Amsterdam's Radboud University to represent their school while attending Radboud's international fair.

The event, Radboud Beyond Borders Live, took place at Radboud's Nijmegen campus as part of the Faculty of Science's study abroad week. The students were invited to strengthen the connection between the two schools and participated in several site visits, a dinner with the faculty board and guided tours within the department of study. They also gave a presentation promoting Sup'Biotech during the information evening for study abroad.

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"Everything is going great", said Sup'Biotech student Solène Foe. "We had a really nice first day!"

"It started a bit roughly because there was an accident on the railroad, so there was no train to Nijmegen from the airport. We struggled for 3 hours and arrived an hour late; unfortunately we missed the welcome speech."

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"The rest of the day was more positive. We met the other embassadors: two Spanish girls from Barcelona, a German boy and two German girls from different universities and a boy from Glasgow. We plan on getting more information about their respective universities soon. We are accompanied by the Beyond Border Welcoming committee of three boys and two girls. Everybody is really friendly and we all got along very quickly!"

On Tuesday the students visited the city and the school's astrology department.

Check in soon for more information about Sup'Biotech students' travels!

Two Sup'Biotech professors speak on popular French radio show

On February 23, 2017, Sup'Biotech professors Frank Yates and Rafika Jarray were the featured guests on a popular French radio show that interviews cutting-edge thinkers in a variety of fields.

Entitled "Cloning: 20 Years After Dolly, A Dead End?", the show, "The Scientific Method", asked Frank Yates and Rafika Jarray about their research at CEA and Sup'Biotech on cellular reproduction as a means of preventing neurodegenerative disease.

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The podcast can be found on France Culture's website.

Sup'Biotech Goes to Taiwan!

In order to expand Sup'Biotech's international network and find new partnerships, Sophie Picavet, Director of the International Department, often goes on trips to international education-related events in other countries.

This spring she went to Kaohsiung, Taiwan for the APAIE Conference, an annual meeting for international education professionals.

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Ms. Picavet with partners from ESME Sidria and NCTU

Mrs. Picavet made progress on the creation of new agreements, met with potential partners, and experienced as much Taiwanese culture as she could during a very busy week.

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APAIE is an international non-profit organization whose goal is to activate and reinforce the internationalization of higher education in the Asia-Pacific region.

The APAIE Annual Conference and Exhibition is one of the most well-known forums in the Asia-Pacific region for bringing together policy-makers and education experts from around the world to improve professional skills and learn about new developments in international education. The nine local host universities, led by the University of Melbourne, will welcome distinguished guests to the 11th Annual APAIE Conference from 29 February - 3 March, 2016, in Melbourne, Australia.

Paris Buttes aux Cailles Street Art Tour: An Un-Communely Interesting Experience

When thinking of street art, cities like Barcelona and Berlin might come first to mind, but Paris can make a claim as one of the most underrated street art destinations in Europe.

When Sup'Biotech and ESME students met up at Paris' Buttes-aux-Cailles neighborhood--which can best be described as a quaint village tucked between popular neighboring areas--our street art tour guide Ignacio explained that the area is rich in historical significance.

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The Buttes aux Cailles takes its name from Pierre Caille, who acquired the area in the 16th century. It contains cozy bars, small restaurants, and the famous Place de la Commune-de-Paris, where fighters from the Paris Commune repelled royalist forces during the Battle of Buttes-aux-Cailles. The place is still a site of commemoration today for the Commune soldiers.

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It's also a major destination for street art tourism. Many artists come here to create funny, eye-catching, and thought-provoking work. Paintings, murals, stickers, sculpture, and repetitive visual motifs characterize street art, which is intended to be unique to the artist and highly memorable. Graffiti, which includes tagging, is typically done more quickly, using fewer colors and usually evoking the name of the artist or artist's collective.

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Some street art is created by pre-making a massive sticker which is then rolled onto the surface, such as this tiger. image7.jpgimage8.jpgimage10.jpg

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The trip showed the diversity and richness of street art culture while acquainting students with a part of Paris not normally seen by tourists. Areas like Buttes-aux-Cailles are what make Paris so rich: just when one thinks they've seen all the city has to offer, they find that tucked within an area they thought they knew is another world to discover.

And the Winner is...

Sup'Biotech sends all its third-year students abroad to broaden their minds, increase their cultural sensitivity, and develop professional skills. But even though we know they are having an important experience and enjoying themselves, we can't help but miss them while they're gone.

That's why we have our student delegates send us special, handmade postcards that give us a sense of the things they've seen and done, as well as the tastes, sights, and smells of the country where they're studying.

While we are sure the students would simply be content to write us fancy postcards because they love us so much, we also offer a prize to whoever makes the most beautiful postcard: an Italian dinner on our bill.

This year's winner was...

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University of California San Marcos!!!

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Wow!!

The other side was impressive, as well:

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Second-Year Students Learn Where They'll Study Abroad

After handing in a list of 4 Sup'Biotech partner universities where they'd like to study abroad, second-year students are left in the dark for months about where they'll be going in the year ahead, when they will all leave for at least one semester of study in another country.

They can try to find out which country they're going to, negotiate fruitlessly with the International Office, or attempt to figure out how the selection process works, they all ultimately find out where they will go during the announcement ceremony, where each year the results are announced in a creative and funny way.

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This year, students filled the Sup'Biotech cafeteria to capacity, gathering in front of a projection screen while chatting nervously with each other. As the video began, the tension broke as students realized the unorthodox way the results would be announced: a minute into a music video by artist Stromae, a freeze-framed image replaced the dancer's heads with the faces of the students who would be parting to Stromae's native Belgium.

Music videos from Scotland, Australia, South Africa, Taiwan, Korea (a lot from Korea, actually) and many other countries followed, and each annoncement generated applause from the students. After tye 30 minutes of K-Pop, traditional Malay music, and AC/DC--all accompanied by cheers and laughter--were up, the students quickly dispersed to chat, discuss, and compare the results. Some probably considered how they would convince their parents that it's safe to go to a country outside of Europe. And while many students were not placed in their first-choice countries, there were certainly no "bad" options, meaning everyone was left with plenty of material to ponder as they adjusted to the idea that they would soon be leaving France to learn and grow in another land.

Sup'Biotech Added to Campus France's Roster

Higher education in France has a few peculiarities that may seem odd to outsiders. The news that the French Commission of Engineers gave Sup'Biotech the ability to bestow its students with the "title of engineer", which was granted last month, may have been confusing for those unfamiliar with the concept. Terms like "baccalaureat" and "titre d'expertise" may also be strange terms for students getting used to the French way of doing things.

So for those unfamiliar with the website Campus France, you will have to trust us when we say that being officially added to their roster of French universities that they promote abroad is a big deal and a major honor.

Campus France, a website and public organization created by the French government in 2004 to promote French higher education around the world and better welcome international students to France, officially added Sup'Biotech to its network in February, shortly after the announcement that Sup'Biotech had acquired the "title of engineer" appellation for its students. These two major distinctions, arriving on the heels of one another, are the culmination of Sup'Biotech's rapid rise in stature since its creation by IONIS Group in 2010.

According to Sophie Picavet, Director of International Relations at Sup'Biotech, this distinction will give Sup'Biotech a major boost in its visibility around the world.

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"Shortly after obtaining the 'titre d'ingenieur' certification, we decided to submit a request to Campus France to allow us to join their network, knowing that officially becoming an engineering school would allow us to have our request approved more easily. This approval means invitations to many international education-related events, both in France and abroad, among representatives and ambassadors from major distinguished institutions. This will also be a chance to be represented alongside Campus France at education conferences."

"Thanks to all this, we will be able to further strengthen our international development strategy. This is all the more important as Sup'Biotech is the first French engineering school with a 5-year curriculum entirely dedicated to biotechnology. In addition, our international curriculum, which is conducted solely in English, as well as our short programs in summer, will be integrated together on Campus France and easily accessible for students. This will only enlarge our scope of possibilities."

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