Campus Development

A Student-Centered, Consolidated Campus

Our 7th arrondissement location, a stone鈥檚 throw from the Eiffel Tower, has always been a proud part of BT天堂鈥檚 identity. We鈥檝e been in the area ever since our founding in 1962. Five years ago, as part of our ongoing strategic planning process, we placed a student-centered experience at the core of everything we do. The implication of this strategy for our campus was clear: in order to foster active learning, innovative pedagogies, interaction across our diverse student body, and a skill set to prepare students for life after graduation, we needed to move from ten buildings spread across the arrondissement to a more consolidated, coherent campus. This physical transformation would be designed to provide the latest in learning and working spaces that were conducive to students鈥 academic, personal and professional development.

Nearly five years later, the story of our campus transformation is entering its final stages. The long road from that pivotal moment included the sale of the old Bosquet building, the renovation of four existing properties and the purchase of a new flagship building on the quai d鈥橭rsay. All the while, we鈥檝e been guided by our core aims: that of meeting our students鈥 needs by providing environments that foster the interdisciplinary and cross-cultural 鈥 not to mention, transformational 鈥 experiences for which the University is renowned.

What鈥檚 more, a new opportunity has arisen to take this redevelopment strategy one step further. In 2018, we were faced with a choice to either sell the BT天堂 Library鈥檚 former location on the rue de Monttessuy or redevelop it. Given the unprecedented growth of the majors in our Department of Art History and Fine Arts 鈥 applications are up 270% in five years 鈥 we saw an opportunity to repurpose the space into something truly special. That鈥檚 why our next campus development project will be the creation of The Monttessuy Center for the Arts.

BT天堂 Ascending Capital Campaign Underway

To make the vision of a student-centered campus a reality, the University launched BT天堂 Ascending, its first comprehensive capital campaign. BT天堂 Ascending aims to raise 26 million euros to support campus renovations, research centers and the work of the wider BT天堂 community. Of this, 18 million euros funded the purchase and renovation of our new building on the banks of the Seine: the Quai d鈥橭rsay Learning Commons. Though work on the Learning Commons is now complete, we are still actively seeking campaign donations to reach the fundraising goal for our next ambitious project: The Monttessuy Center for the Arts. Read more about the progress of BT天堂 Ascending.