Universités nouvelles

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For the new universities of the United Kingdom, see New universities.

In France, the name Universités nouvelles (new universities) refers to eight universities created during the 1990s that are unaffiliated.


In the 1990s, the head of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, Lionel Jospin, launched the plan université 2000 (2000 university project)[1] with a spatial planning target: institutions had to face an influx of 50,000 to 100,000 additional students per year. It was especially important to unclog Paris and Lille's universities.[2][3]

These universities were created from outsourced components of the oldest universities, or programs specifically set up for the new universities. The four new universities located in Ile-de-France were created by decree on 22 July 1991, those of Artois and Littoral by decree on 7 November 1991[4] the one of La Rochelle in 1993,[5] and the one of Bretagne-Sud in 1995.[6]

The Montesquieu University – Bordeaux IV, created in 1995 by the division of the University of Bordeaux I, and the University of Nîmes, created in 2007, are not considered part of this group.

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