The chief education officer of Grenoble, the 6 presidents of the higher education institutions, the president of the university of Grenoble and the Director of the CROUS all met at a press conference on 21 October 2013 and jointly presented a few salient features of the site's policy in terms of training, student life, international reputation and research.
After giving background information on the enrolment figures for the 2013 school year, the education officer highlighted the diverse measures that have already been put in place to promote the success and employability of students by actively supporting them in the construction of their professional project (reception, tailored follow-up, preparatory year, work/study training programmes, selected career path, etc.). The presidents then highlighted their pooled effort in constructing and harmonising their training offering (reform of the Bachelor's Degree programmes, joint transdisciplinary training courses, etc.), in internationalising their subject options (courses in foreign languages, in-going and out-going mobility) and improving student life (new student accommodations, restaurants, etc.). This press conference also gave the heads of institutions the opportunity to present their shared goal for a Grenoble Alpes University. This joint written declaration entitled "L'Université Grenoble Alpes est notre ambition" (the Grenoble Alpes University is our aim) is a proposal that will be presented and discussed over the following months in the various board meetings and with all university personnel. The proposed solution relates to building the future university by 2016 in the form of a community of universities and institutions that will at least include:
A new institution stemming from the merger of three universities (Joseph Fourier - Grenoble 1, Pierre-Mendès-France - Grenoble 2 and Stendhal - Grenoble 3)
The University of Savoie and Political Sciences Institute of Grenoble will subsequently state their position (members or associates)