The good researcher must know and anchor his work in the subject of good teaching, the good teacher must bring his subject to life through his research activities.Quentin DETIENNE, Associate Professor in Social Security Law. Picture : @MichelHouet
uentin Detienne studied law and philosophy at the University of Liège. He also worked as a part-time assistant in the social law department, then as a doctoral student funded by an F.R.S-FNRS Research Fellow mandate. "My thesis focused on the influence of European economic law on the organisation of pension systems in the Member States of the European Union. Since the 1st October of this year, I have had the honour of holding a full-time position in the Faculty of Law, Political Science and Criminology. The position includes teaching in Belgian social security law mainly, but also in European and international social law. As for my research, it continues to focus primarily on the field of pension law, where many areas of shadows persist, both in its present state and in its past and even more so concerning its future."
Two interdependent roles
"In my opinion, a university professor has two interdependent roles to play. On the one hand, it must be the memory of the subject it teaches, in order to preserve it first and then transmit it. It must therefore take ownership of it to the greatest extent possible so that the work of those who preceded it - if not completely outdated - can continue to live, through it, among the new generations of students. He must, on the other hand, question this work, to amend it by restoring any errors or distortions that may have been committed, and to further the research initiated by his predecessors. In my opinion, conservation and creation therefore go hand in hand, which implies that teaching and research must necessarily interact - the good researcher must know and anchor his work in the subject of good teaching, the good teacher must bring his subject to life through his research activities."