Paris Universitas

Paris Universitas

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name = Paris Universitas

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established = 2005 (University of Paris 1253)
type = Public
calendar= Semester
endowment = 1,5 billion €
president = Gilbert Béréziat
faculty = 5,500
students = 70,000
undergrad = 25,000
doctoral = 8,000
city = Paris
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country = France
campus = Multiple campuses
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Paris Universitas is an alliance or affiliation of six Parisian institutions of higher education which serve as a reference in their disciplinary fields.

Paris Universitas offers a wide range of disciplines from medicine to the humanities, engineering, law, management and the social sciences. The institution expects to rank between 1 and 3 in Europe for number of publications, although rankings have not yet been released due to the infancy of the institution. In 2006 Paris Universitas was ranked first among European Universities and 4th in the world for the largest volume of English language publications.]

With strong research potential, 350 research laboratories, a broad range of disciplines, and almost 80,000 students, Paris Universitas aims to become one of the leading European academic institution (supported by the Shanghai evaluation criteria), thus in the top ten worldwide. It will compete with leading international establishments, such as the University of Oxford, Harvard University, Princeton University, Stanford University, and the University of Cambridge.

A final name for Paris Universitas acceptable by all members, possibly including “La Sorbonne”, is still in discussion.


Paris Universitas is a collegiate university [ [ [La lettre de l’éducation - La Lettre - n° 545 - Gilbert Béréziat : « Paris Universitas doit devenir l’une des meilleures universités généralistes au monde » ] ] , with its main functions divided between the central departments of the university and the higher education institutions. They are technically institutions independent of the university itself and enjoy considerable autonomy like at the University of London or the University of California.


Paris Universitas currently includes 6 institutions: [ [ Alliance Paris Universitas - Accueil ] ]

* École Normale Supérieure or ENS
* École des hautes études en sciences sociales or EHESS
* Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris II)
* Université Sorbonne nouvelle (Paris III)
* Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie (Paris VI) or UPMC-Paris Universitas
* Université Paris-Dauphine (Paris IX)

More institutions are expected to join Paris Universitas:

* The Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) should join Paris Universitas following the election of the philologist George Molinié to the presidency of Paris-Sorbonne. [ [ Georges Molinié (Paris 4-Sorbonne) : « Jean-Robert Pitte a perdu les élections » ] ]

* Supélec École Supérieure d'Électricité
* ESPCI École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles de la Ville de Paris
* ENSCP École nationale supérieure de chimie de Paris
* Centrale Paris École centrale Paris
* INALCO Institut national des langues et civilisations orientales
* EPHE École pratique des hautes études

At the end of this process Paris Universitas will be one of the five French universities with around 100,000 students with Paris Centre Universités, the Université Lille Nord de France, the Université de Lyon, the University of Toulouse, and among the largest universities in Europe.

Research and teaching

Paris Universitas has research departments and teaching faculties in most academic disciplines.


Paris Universitas conducts research in many areas within the basic sciences, humanities, economics, social sciences, and law. There are 182 CNRS/APU and 58 INSERN/APU member research units. There are also 40 common laboratories.


The Paris Universitas has a number of joint degrees at the baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral levels that involve participation and dual institutions within the alliance. There are also 17 international programs as follows:

*Brain and Mind (UPMC/ENS/UC London
*French & Italian law (Panthéon Assas/La Sapienza)
*French & German law (Panthéon Assas/U Berlin/U Munich)
*European jurist & lawyer (Panthéon Assas/King's College London/U Berlin)
*Computing science (UPMC/université de Montréal)
*French & Suisse law (Panthéon Assas/ Fribourg)
*American law (Panthéon Assas/Columbia U)
*English law (Panthéon Assas/ Oxford or University College, London)
*Executive MBA (Dauphine/UQAM) []
*Management of projects & NTIC (Dauphine/Georgia State University)
*Marine biology (UPMC/PUChili/U Barcelona)
*Electronics (UPMC/U Valencia/U Brescia)
*Nanosciences (UPMC/U Uppsala)
*Developmental biology (UPMC/U Lisbonne/ U Pompa Fabra)
*Financing & control (Dauphine/U Sankt Peterburg)

*French & English law (Cambridge/Panthéon Assas)
*Common law (Panthéon Assas/University College, Dublin)
*French & Spain law (Panthéon Assas/Universidad Complutense de Madrid)

In project
*Master of Health Sciences (EHESS/UPMC/Dauphine/Panthéon Assas)
*Master of Sciences & decision (UPMC/EHESS)


As September 2007

*70 000 students
*Bachelor studies : 25 000
*Masters studies : 20 000
*PhD studies : 8 000
*Medical studies : 5 000
*« Engineering Schools » : 4 500
*Other studies : 7 500
*Academic staff : 5 500
*Administrative and technical staff : 3 700
*Budget with salaries : 1 500 M €

*Research :
*Joint CNRS/APU’s member research units : 182
*Joint INSERM/APU’s member research units : 58
*Common labs inside Paris Universitas : 40
*10 years citations : 569 644 ( 3rd in Europe)


* École Normale Supérieure ranked 18th in the world, and 5th in Europe. [] in the 2006 "THES - QS World University Rankings" [ [] — A 2006 ranking from "THES - QS" of the world’s research universities.] ,

* Université Paris-Sorbonne ranked 29 for Arts & Humanities in The Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) - QS World University Rankings 2007.

* Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie ranked 39th in the World and 1st in France by the Academic Ranking of World Universities. [ [ Academic Ranking of World Universities - 2007] ]

* Université Paris II Pantheon-Assas ranks first in France in most legal subjects. [Paris II]

Campus abroad

The ENS group has opened a branch at the East China Normal University in Shanghai, China.

The Paris-Sorbonne university and the United Arab Emirates signed a cooperation agreement for the creation of the new University Paris-Sorbonne-Abu Dhabi.


The historic University of Paris ( _fr. Université de Paris), fourth oldest university in continuous operation, appeared in the second half of the 12th century and grew up around the Notre Dame Cathedral. The medieval Latin term "universitas" actually had the more general meaning of a guild, and the university of Paris was known as a "universitas magistrorum et scholarium" (a guild of masters and scholars). The university had four Faculties: Arts, Medicine, Law, and Theology.

The ancient university disappeared with ancient France under the Revolution. All the French universities were replaced by a single centre, the University of France. After a century (in 1896), people recognized that the new system was less favourable to study and restored the old system, but without the faculty of theology.

Following the cultural revolution commonly known as "the French May", resulting in the closing of the university for only the third time in history, the university was in 1970 reorganised as 13 autonomous universities.

Most of these universities have joined, or are in the process of forming (March 2008), new groupings along the lines of a collegiate university. Typically, these groupings take the legal form of a Center for Research and Higher Education ("Pôle de Recherche et d'Enseignement Supérieur", or PRES), though some have opted for other forms of organization. Paris Universitas is one of the two new large size university centers in the city of Paris along with Paris Centre Universités.

Notable alumni and academics


* Pierre-Louis Lions Fields Medalist 1994 (Université Paris-Dauphine)
* Frédéric Bozo - Academic (Université Sorbonne nouvelle)
* Latifa Ben Mansour - Algerian writer and linguist (Université Sorbonne nouvelle)
* Imanol Ordorika Sacristán - Mexican social activist (Université Sorbonne nouvelle)
* Predrag Matvejevic - writer and academic (Université Sorbonne nouvelle)


* Henri Bergson (1927 Nobel Prize in Literature) (ENS)
* Claude Cohen-Tannoudji 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics (ENS)
*Gérard Debreu (1983 Bank of Sweden Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel (ENS)
* Pierre-Gilles de Gennes 1991 Nobel Prize in Physics (ENS)
* Albert Fert 2007 Nobel Prize in Physics (ENS)
* Alfred Kastler 1966 Nobel Prize in Physics (ENS)
* Gabriel Lippmann 1908 Nobel Prize in Physics (ENS)
* Louis Néel 1970 Nobel Prize in Physics (ENS)
* Jean-Baptiste Perrin 1926 Nobel Prize in Physics (ENS)
* Romain Rolland 1915 Nobel Prize in Literature (ENS)
* Paul Sabatier 1912 Nobel Prize in Chemistry (ENS)
* Jean-Paul Sartre declined 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature (ENS)
* Laurent Schwartz 1950 Fields Medalist (ENS)
* Jean-Pierre Serre 1954 Fields Medalist (ENS)
* René Thom 1958 Fields Medalist (ENS)
* Alain Connes 1982 Fields Medalist (ENS)
* Jean-Christophe Yoccoz 1994 Fields Medalist (ENS)
* Pierre-Louis Lions 1994 Fields Medalist (ENS)
* Laurent Lafforgue 2002 Fields Medalist (ENS)
* Wendelin Werner 2006 Fields Medalist (ENS)

External links

* [ Official website] fr icon en icon

* [ Gilbert Béréziat presentation September 2007]

* [ Gilbert Béréziat interview] fr icon


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