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First Rouen Human Rights Festival: Responses From Preparatory Students

Published on 08 November 2021 by NEOMA

On 8 and 9 October, NEOMA welcomed the Human Rights Festival on its campus for the first time. The event is co-organised by IRIS (Institute of International and Strategic Relations), the Métropole Rouen Normandie and the Rouen Métropole Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“An engaging initiative,” Michel Edouard Leclerc, the school president, said on his blog. “NEOMA and IRIS educate future decision makers. Young people now prioritise jobs that have meaning. Aside from these positions, they will include questions of human rights in their professions.”

 

Michel Edouard Leclerc, president of NEOMA introducing Human Rights Festival

The festival took place in the auditorium on campus, which welcomed the general public of the Rouen metropolitan area and NEOMA students as well as numerous students from preparatory classes. Everyone came to listen to discussions about moral diplomacy and realpolitik, human rights in Africa, health as a world public good and culture and human rights

The programme and information on the contributors 

Pascal Boniface, IRIS director

This event offered students a chance to build on their knowledge of these subjects. In fact, after the reforms made to the baccalaureate exam and “economic and commercial” preparatory classes, the history/geography/geopolitics programme was overhauled. Its aim is to give future managers the keys to understanding the contemporary world. Blending several aspects of history, geography, geo-economics and geostrategy, geopolitics has an important place in the curriculum.

PREPARATORY STUDENTS TALK ABOUT IT

OSCAR, 2nd year preparatory student “Geopolitics is very important in our curriculum. And the books by Pacal Boniface are among our main references. I was happy to come listen to him, and he did not disappoint. What I took from the discussion was that morality is not a universal thing. All the countries have their own morality. When you condemn one of them for not respecting a moral, it’s complicated. The challenge today is understanding what we have in common.”
SELIA, 1st year preparatory student “This conference was the perfect complement to our courses. The speakers presented very practical talking points by using examples. I understood that emerging countries having an increasingly large voice at this point in time. They count for more in international life and we need to change certain positions we hold concerning them.”
MAXIME, 2nd year preparatory student “I would love to work in the financial sector, and geopolitics is fundamental to decision making. That’s why it’s so enriching to see the contributors discuss, argue and speak in depth on the subject. And I really liked the presentation made by the former ambassador Jean de Gliniasty about current western values, which were imposed and no longer respected by certain countries, and we now need to reflect on which values to share.”
ILYES, 1st year preparatory student “Geopolitics plays a big role in our education. And regardless of what my professional plan is, which is still unclear, I will certainly be involved with international relations issues. We attended a vividly realistic course there and while not all of the speakers were in agreement, I liked the fact that realpolitik was not demonised.”
UGO, 1st year preparatory student “Today, it’s vital to understand geopolitics and each country’s stakes. And by listening to the speakers, we understood that power relationships are a dominant force today.”

Link to the videos (in french)

Moral Diplomacy and Real politik 

Culture and Human Rights

Human Roghts in Africa

Health : a global public property

 

 

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