The organisation Chercheurs Étrangers à Nantes (Foreign Researchers in Nantes) is a non profit organisation, created in 2001 and initiated by the City Council of Greater Nantes and the University of Nantes, a project that the Regional Council quickly joined in. Its aim is to set up a one stop shop for foreign researchers arriving in Nantes and its area.
It embodies the will to make Nantes an international place for research. Its missions are to support daily the research institutes to welcome to their best their international colleagues and help the researchers and their families to settle down in Nantes.
The organisation is the welcome desk which has the Euraxess Local Point label given by the European Commission. The organisation Chercheurs Etrangers à Nantes is now a member of Euraxess France Board of Administrators since January 2018. Its offices are on the ground floor of the MCE: Maison des Chercheurs Etrangers (House for foreign researchers) since 2007. The organisation welcomes every day foreign researchers, takes care of the residents who live in the flats of the MCE and organises events so that foreign researchers can meet each other and socialise and integrate in the City.
During the years the organisation has secured good relationships with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Immigration Office (OFII), the Police services (Préfecture) and city services, such as the department for schools. Those contacts are helpful in quickly solving problems linked with the arrival of foreign researchers in Nantes, and they fully contribute to high quality standards.
Today the organisation gets its funding from 20 members, of which two local governements and higher education and research institutes.
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