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History of Lasallian network

A quick glimpse at the worldwide celebrated Lasallian network which has enabled ILIASS to take its tangible form.

UniLaSalle Rouen

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UniLaSalle Rouen

UniLaSalle Rouen has placed at the heart of its mission to train the ambassadors of a sustainable future to contribute to the sustainability in agroecology in the northern and southern hemispheres, promote food autonomy, the preservation of resources, and much more.

Since its establishment, UniLaSalle Rouen is dedicated to fighting for impactful policy changes on the local, national and global levels. It strives to hold the leaders accountable and to educate and empower others to take action.


These commitments are shared and cultivated by the universities of the global Lasalle network and it is in this spirit that the International Lasallian Institute of Applied Sciences for Sustainability (ILIASS) project was designed.

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The project aims to initiate the creation of a multicultural collaborative space dedicated to Sustainability sciences, integrating Human and Social sciences, Life and Earth sciences, in an interdisciplinary perspective. The first step will be to allow the various partners of the LaSalle network to share initiatives, technological innovations, and organizational levers having a positive impact on the objectives of Sustainable Development as defined in 2015 by the UN ( ).

The activities of this network could ultimately promote the emergence of collaborative training and research programs for the sustainability of systems, taking into account the diversity of contexts in the northern and southern hemispheres.


This sharing will focus in particular on themes such as "Food and food security in the cities of the South", "International Agriculture Policy & Green Business", and "Innovation in Food Systems for Health", built on the basis of the skills of the universities of the network and of their local academic or socio-economic partners and on the accepted projections of strong expansion of urban areas, particularly in developing countries.


Thus, in a period when the social, food, energy, climatic and educational challenges are numerous and capital, the LaSalle network can play a role and make its contribution in terms of educational awareness of students, technological and organizational innovations resulting from the work research and dissemination of practices that will promote the achievement of Sustainable Development objectives.

UniLaSalle Polytechnic Institute


UniLaSalle Polytechnic Institute is a Private Higher Education Institution of General Interest (EESPIG) compromised of four campuses (Amiens, Beauvais, Rennes and Rouen) in France:

Training more than

4000  Students

of all backgrounds

and ages

Through a portfolio of

20 higher universities courses

in the fields of life sciences, earth sciences, energy, digital technology, and the environment

In collaboration with

260 partner universities

around the globe

In the four campuses of UniLaSalle in France, we find enthusiastic activists of all backgrounds and ages, and it is their dedication toward our common goals that bring us together to encourage also its partners to take common action.

The UniLaSalle Polytechnic Institute places all of its actions in support of the energy, agro-ecological, food, and digital transitions of territories in view of the major challenges of the 21st century: the fight against global warming, the preservation of natural resources, the management of urbanization on a global scale and territorial balances for the 9 billion people who will populate the planet in 2050. In view of these strong commitments, Sustainable Development is at the heart of the establishment's strategic policy, which either within its Training or its Research axes.

La Salle - a global network



Today, the De La Salle network is present in 79 countries around the world and is called "The Lasallian Family", which comprises of:

More than




More than


Educators lay collaborators

More than


Educational institutions

More than

1 million

Students of all ages

Saint John Baptiste De La Salle

Founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, Patron of Christian Teachers

April 30, 1651, to April 7, 1719


John Baptist de La Salle was born into a world very different from our own. He was the first son of wealthy parents living in France over 300 years ago.

Born at Reims, John Baptist de La Salle received the tonsure at age eleven and was named Canon of the Reims Cathedral at sixteen.

At that time a few people lived in luxury, and most of the people were extremely poor: peasants in the country and slum dwellers in the towns. Only a few could send their children to school; most children had little hope for the future.

Moved by the plight of the poor who seemed so “far from salvation” either in this world or the next, he determined to put his own talents and advanced education at the service of the children “often left to themselves and badly brought up.”

To be more effective, he abandoned his family home, moved in with the teachers, renounced his position as Canon and his wealth, and so formed the community that became known as the "Brothers of the Christian Schools" and also as the "De La Salle Brothers".

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