Aix-Marseille University

Aix-Marseille University was officially opened on January 1, 2012, replacing the University of Provence, University of the Mediterranean and Paul Cézanne University. All the academic fields that may be studied in France are represented at Aix-Marseille University, which has five major divisions, structured into 19 faculties, schools, and institutes. Aix-Marseille University has nearly 74,000 students including 10,000 international students, 7,680 faculty and staff members, 12 doctoral schools and nearly 3,650 PhD students. Aix-Marseille University is home to 132 research facilities – 118 research units and 14 federative research structures – linked to France’s biggest research institutions (CNRS, INSERM, IRD, INRA, CEA). Today, as well as being one of the youngest universities in France, it is also the largest in terms of its student body, its faculty and staff, and its budget in the whole of the French-speaking world. These factors, combined with the remarkable results already achieved in teaching and research, make Aix-Marseille University a top class higher education and research institution. In the latest International Shanghai rankings, published in August 2016, Aix-Marseille University is positioned among the top 150 universities in the world in the 112th place (+21 places) and in 5th place (+1 place) among the French universities. ADEF “Learning, Teaching, Assessment, Training” laboratory (Principal J. Ginestié) is part of AMU and partnered with the IFé (French Institute of Education) at Ecole Normale Superieur in Lyon. The research conducted at ADEF aims to increase understanding of teaching and/or training systems, particularly the effects of policy decisions. Their effectiveness is assessed in organisations for the professional training of teachers and/or trainers, through interactions between pupils (trainees), teachers (trainers) and knowledge. The research is structured around three thematic axes: (i) the teaching-learning process, (ii) professionalism and professionalisation of teaching, education and training professions and (iii) educational and training institutions.

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