Arrival of Ecole 42 in Perpignan: “It is an engraved moment for the image of the area and the local economy”

All the players on file had gathered in full force at the Ladies of France on Wednesday 25 May to formalize the arrival of School 42 in Perpignan. From November 2022, a first batch of 150 computer science students will take over the building.

All members of the local political and economic world had made an appointment this Wednesday, May 25, at the Ladies of France for the official signing of the contract with the School 42 Perpignan Occitanie. The culmination of almost two years of steps started by the Office of Economic Development, the Agglomeration and the CCI, initiated and executed by Laurent Gauze, before a first “swimming pool” (selection test in jargon 2.0) planned for students in November 2022. This The start of the school year will take place on the second floor of the building and led by Géro Vigney, appointed in February after being part of the first class of Ecole 42 in Paris in 2013 before moving on to IT.

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An arrival of a prestigious establishment in the P.-O. praised by key stakeholders such as Robert Vila, President of Perpignan Méditerranée Métropole: “We were able to present our arguments to the school leaders. It is an engraved moment for the image of the area and the local economy“Same observation for Mayor Louis Aliot, who we learned was more Mac than PC.”It’s a big day for the city, department and region. It is a great opportunity for the economic fabric, for our young people, for the image of Perpignan…

Géro Vigney, director of Ecole 42 and Cédric Siré, president of Webedia and financial partner of the establishment.
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An atypical digital training created by Iliad-Free founder and billionaire Xavier Niel (aka “Tonton” by the students) whose pedagogy can sometimes seem confusing: no classes, no teachers, no class, no age limit, condition of diploma (not even the baccalaureate) or tuition fees and training funded 50/50 by public and private partners such as Véolia, the Banque Populaire or the Catalan Cédric Siré, founder and president of Webedia and financial partner of the school, whose annual operating budget is approx. a million euros.

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École 42 played an important role in launching my company. It is a second chance school where it is mainly about who you are and not what you have done or where you come from. 100% of those who leave find a long-term sustainable job, with an average annual salary of 42,000 euros. In my day you had to go into exile and camp in Paris to start your business. Now others will be able to do it with a view of the Canigou“, rejoices this business angel born in Saint-Laurent-de-la-Salanque (son of former Deputy Fernand Siré) and now at the head of a “unicorn” that employs 6,000 people.

François Rivière, Louis Aliot, Hermeline Malherbe or Laurent Gauze, President of the CCI, were present.

François Rivière, Louis Aliot, Hermeline Malherbe or Laurent Gauze, President of the CCI, were present.
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An opinion shared by François Rivière, president of the USAP and member of the board of the association Ecole 42: “It is a historic day to retain our young people, train them, attract very high level companies and boost the GDP of the department.Or finally Emmanuel Stern, president of the French Tech Perpignan. “The whole profession needs programmers, developers and people with digital skills because there is a real shortage. All this will allow to position Perpignan on digital and generate attractiveness

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A future student campus at the Dames de France?

While the first three floors were eventually bought by the town hall of Caisse des Dépôts for 3 million euros (the top floor and roof are still owned by Crédit Agricole), 1.6 million euros worth of work The development has been leased (with help from de agglo and the department) for the rehabilitation of the interior of this Art Nouveau building and it stood empty for almost three years after the departure of Fnac from the Galeries Lafayette.

While GrandOptical has announced that it will retain its ground floor location, new projects are expected to emerge soon, such as the arrival of the IES Business school business and management school to be on the site starting next school year. on its website, even if the project appears to be off to a bad start.

There are some technical issues, so the school shouldn’t be located where it was planned for the first year, but not very far in Perpignan,” says Louis Aliot, for what could eventually become a student campus in the city center† We are also negotiating with companies, commercial brands… There are cafeterias or banks that are interested, we will have to make a choice.

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