Since its creation in 1967, the department of Val-d’Oise has become a dynamic center of economic development. Its privileged geographical situation allows it to benefit from Paris and its western employment zones. Major national and international companies play a dominant role in the local economy (3M, Rover, Clarins, Dassault, Siemens…). The University of Cergy-Pontoise (UCP) was created in 1991 within this dynamic framework. Ideally located west of Paris in the department of Val d’Oise, it is within a short distance from Paris, 30 minutes from The Arc de Triomphe and The Avenue of the Champs-Elysées.
UCP is a public Institution and a leading center of teaching and research that welcomes over 1,500 international students from 54 different countries out of a total student body of 17,000. With over 1,000 academic staff, the University offers all levels of undergraduate and post-graduate studies and has been ranked among the 20 best national universities. 144 Degrees are available in all disciplines (except medical studies). The University is divided into 5 departments: Law, Economy and Management, Languages, Literature and Social Sciences, Science and Technology. Exchanges have been developed all over the world with over 135 foreign universities. The University also takes part in the European exchange program and has adopted the ECTS system (European Credit Transfer System) which allows European students to obtain credits in their university for courses taken abroad. UCP has been pointed out as a “Model University” several times by the French government.
Recent activities of the Chair with the Master of Law and Business Ethics :
The Learning Trip to Washington, D.C. and New York City (June 17-24, 2012)
All activities of the Chair of Excellence in Law and Business Ethics support the Chair’s mission to teach, promote and spread the values of the UN Global Compact. Understanding this mission, the Learning Trip is part of a rigorous curriculum for the Chair’s Master of Law and Business Ethics Degree. The Learning Trip is designed to support the development of parallel and complementary skills in graduating Master Degree students by offering firsthand knowledge of how to detect business risks (criminal, social, environmental, and financial) and how to implement best practices. This is the very first Master’s Degree program in applied business ethics delivered by a School of Law. The Learning Trip is an integral part of this curriculum.
The Learning Trip is an annual event co-organized by the Chair of Law and Business Ethics in partnership with the Ethics and Compliance Officer Association (ECOA) and the Center for Professional Responsibility in Business and Society. For the last four years, organizations with global offices and excellent reputations have been invited to participate with these partners and graduating Master’s Degree students.
During each Learning Trip, graduating students observe how their cross-cutting curriculum is used every day by professionals (ex: corporate governance, communication with regulators, compliance programs, conflict of interests, whistleblowing, risk management and fighting corruption). Carefully-selected experts build on the classroom theory and internship experiences of these graduate students—offering valuable insight through presentations, discussions and interactions.
The Learning Trip this year took place from June 17-24, 2012, with the following organizations, corporations and institutions:
New York City:
During Learning Trips in previous years, beginning in 2007, the following organizations, corporations and institutions have also been visited in and around Boston, Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C.: