Univ. Grenoble Alpes, a pioneer in the support for high-level athlete students, according to the Minister of Sports

With students and graduates of Université Grenoble Alpes achieving outstanding results at the PyeongChang Olympics (earning 40% of French medals), the Minister of Sports, Laura Flessel, visited the campus of Univ. Grenoble Alpes on 26th February, 2018 for a presentation on how the integrated university plans on better supporting high-level athlete students. The Minister also met with the association EASI, which promotes the integration of people with disabilities through athletic activities.
Between 9th and 25th February, 2018, 15 high-level athlete students or recent graduates of Université Grenoble Alpes took part in the 2018 Winter Olympics at PyeongChang. Three students also took part in the Paralympic Games as athletes and guides.

They are students and graduates in Geography, Molecular Biology, Sport Sciences, and Environment. 7 of them have won a medal: 2 gold and 4 bronze, representing 40% of the 15 medals of the French delegation.

A successful and well-tried support plan
The inter-academic committee for high-level athletes Comité inter-universitaire du sport de haut niveau (CIUSHN) of Univ. Grenoble Alpes helps students to combine a high-level athletic career with their studies. The students supported by this plan shine in athletic competitions as well as in their academic curricula: Each year, 75% of them fulfill their academic contract - a higher ratio than for the other students within the same curricula.

"Athletes are the future actors of the professional sector. In this regard, the plan for high-level athlete students provides a strong support, adapted to the diversity of profiles. Grenoble is a pioneer in this area”, highlights Laura Flessel, after listening to the testimonies of the high-level athlete students.

Jordan Pothain, Boris Reynaud, Chloé Haberkorn, Marion Thomas, Mathieu Delarive… have all benefitted from the plan for high-level athletes students to combine competition and studies at Univ. Grenoble Alpes, and praise the support they have received.
Together with the support plan for high-level artist students at Univ. Grenoble Alpes "Artiste de haut niveau" Univ. Grenoble Alpes), this approach offers a tailored support system, catering to the needs of various profiles of students.

Univ. Grenoble Alpes at the head of French universities in terms of high-level athlete-students support plan

The CIUSHN in Grenoble Alpes currently has 400 students at UGA, Grenoble INP, Sciences Po Grenoble and ENSAG, making it one of the most important committees of its kind in France.

Available for all curricula and more than 40 sports, the support plan offered by the CIUSHN at Univ. Grenoble Alpes is the more comprehensive in France. Students benefit from a support which covers their studies, their athletic practice, as well as social, medical and paramedical services.

Inter'Val: a unique service in France

The CIUSHN offers the innovative Inter’Val service since 2004. Initially set up to meet the needs of high-level skiers, it has since been extended to all practitioners of winter sports.
Designed for athletes engaged in competitions at the highest level (74 today), this specific service provides an individualized study curriculum, completely a-synchronous and largely based on distance-learning.

A unique service in France, Inter'Val is a partnership between the CIUSHN, the French Ski Federation and the Regional Direction for Youth, Sport and Social Cohesion at Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.

Meeting with the EASI association

Earlier in the morning, Laura Flessel met with members of the EASI association (EASI assocation, pour Espace d’Animation Sportive et Interdisciplinaire), which develops the interactions between abled and disabled persons through recreative activities such as sports, theater, music, etc. 

"Laura Flessel, Minister of Sports, meets with members of the Grenoble student association EASI, which supports social integration through sports for people with disabilities."

This was the opportunity for the Minister to remind participants that Grenoble welcomes the French national team as well as the handisport team. This highlights the relevance of support, education, and activities by associations such as EASI to develop athletic activities in all areas.

Published on May 28, 2018