University of Toulouse

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Coordinates: 43°36′16″N 1°26′38″E / 43.60444°N 1.44389°E / 43.60444; 1.44389

Université de Toulouse
Université de Toulouse
Logo PRES Université de Toulouse.png
Latin: Universitas Tolosatibus
Established 1229
President Marie-France Barthet
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 100,674
Location Toulouse, France

L' Université de Toulouse is a consortium of French universities, grandes écoles and other institutions of higher education and research,[2] named after one of the earliest universities established in Europe in 1229, and including the successor universities to that earlier university. This article describes the institutions that have been called the "Université de Toulouse".


The formation of l'Université de Toulouse was imposed on Count Raymond VII as a part of the Treaty of Paris in 1229 ending the crusade against the Albigensians. As he was suspected of sympathizing with the heretics, Raymond VII had to finance the teaching of theology. Bishop Foulques de Toulouse was among the founders of the University. Among its first lecturers were: Jean de Garlande, Roland of Cremona. Other faculties (law, medicine) were added later. Initially, the University was located in the center of the city, together with the ancestors of student residences, the colleges.

In 1969, l'Université de Toulouse split into three separate universities and numerous specialised institutions of higher education. The present-day Université de Toulouse was founded on 27 March 2007.[3] It no longer represents a physical place where students can attend classes but it is now the entity which federates the universities and specialised institutions of higher education. With more than 100,000 students, Midi-Pyrénées is the fifth-largest university area in France.[4]

Members & Fields of study[edit]

Université Toulouse 1 Capitole

It is a Research and Higher Education Cluster consisting of :

Doctoral schools[edit]

The Doctoral Schools are all members of the Research and Doctoral Department of the Université de Toulouse : 15 Doctoral Schools representing a research potential of 4200 Scientists including 2400 Senior Scientists; 4200 PhD students and 800 Doctorate diplomas awarded per year.

In the field of experimental sciences and science and technology[edit]

  • Biology, Health & Biotechnologies[6]
  • Sciences for Ecology, Veterinary, Agronomy & Bioengineery[7]
  • Geosciences, Astrophysics & Space Sciences[8]
  • Mathematics, Informatics & Telecommunications Toulouse Doctoral School[9]
  • Electrical, Electronic Engineering & Telecommunications [10]
  • Systems [11]
  • Physics, Chemistry & Materials Sciences [12]
  • Mechanics, Energetics, Civil & Process Engineering[13]
  • Aeronautics & Astronautics [14]

In the field of Human Sciences and Social Sciences and Humanities[edit]

  • Behavior, Language, Education, Socialisation, Cognition[15]
  • Art, Literatures, Languages, Philosophy, Information & Communication[16]
  • Time, Spaces, Societies & Cultures[17]
  • Legal & Political Sciences[18]
  • Management Sciences[19]
  • Toulouse School of Economics[20]

Present and past faculty include[edit]

  • Jean Tirole, (born August 9, 1953), professor of economics, Economics Nobel Prize 2014
  • Paul Seabright, professor of economics
  • Jean-Jacques Laffont, (April 13, 1947 – May 1, 2004), economist
  • Raymond Aron, (14 March 1905, Paris – 17 October 1983) philosopher, sociologist and political scientist
  • Paul Fauconnet, (1874–1938) sociologist
  • Jean Jaurès, (3 September 1859 – 31 July 1914), politician
  • Maurice Hauriou, (1856–1929), jurist and dean of the law faculty from 1906 to 1926
  • Pierre Laromiguière, (3 November 1756 – 12 August 1837), philosopher
  • Adrianus Turnebus, (1512 - 12 June 1565), classical scholar

Famous alumni and former students[edit]

  • Professor Ange Nzihou (graduated in 1994 from INPT) is a 2010 Presidential Green Chemistry Academic Award Recipient
  • Patrice Hardel (Born on 8 March 1946, graduated in 1967 from École nationale de l'aviation civile) is the Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport Managing Director
  • François Hussenot (March 22, 1912 – May 16, 1951, graduated in 1935 from [ISAE) aeronautical engineer credited with the invention of one of the early forms of the flight data recorder
  • Jean Botti (born on 14 April 1957, graduated in 1986 from INSA Toulouse) is Chief Technical Officer (CTO) of EADS since 2006.
  • Thomas Pesquet (born in 1978, graduated in 2001 from ISAE), European Space Agency astronaut [21]
  • Marcel Dassault (22 January 1892 – 17 April 1986, graduated in 1913 from ISAE) was a French aircraft industrialist. He founded the company Dassault Aviation.
  • Selman Riza, linguist and politician.
  • Paul Sabatier (chemist) (November 5, 1854 – August 14, 1941), Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Toulouse in 1905, Nobel Prize in Chemistry jointly with fellow Frenchman Victor Grignard in 1912
  • Carlos Becker Westphall, Brazilian computer scientist and Brazilian academic.
  • Henry de Puyjalon, (1841-1905) a French/Canadian pioneer in biology and ecology


See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Figures for 2011 See also the Key statistics for "Université de Toulouse" on the official University website
  2. ^ List of public university systems and consortiums in France
  3. ^ Decree Legifrance n° 2007-385
  4. ^ [pdf] Regional atlas student population in 2008-2009
  5. ^ Although listed as a university by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse and the two other instituts nationaux polytechniques are really university systems, as each one groups together a number of autonomous institutes of higher education. Because it consists exclusively of grandes écoles, which have selective admissions policies, the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse is qualitatively different from the French public universities.
  6. ^ Biology, Health & Biotechnologies Doctoral school official website
  7. ^ Sciences for Ecology, Veterinary, Agronomy & Bioengineery Doctoral school official website
  8. ^ Geosciences, Astrophysics & Space Sciences Doctoral school official website
  9. ^ Mathematics, Informatics & Telecommunications Toulouse Doctoral School official website
  10. ^ Electrical, Electronic Engineering & Telecommunications Doctoral school official website
  11. ^ Systems Doctoral School official website
  12. ^ CPhysics, Chemistry & Materials Sciences Doctoral School official website
  13. ^ Mechanics, Energetics, Civil & Process Engineering Doctoral School official website
  14. ^ Aeronautics, Astronautics Doctoral School official website
  15. ^ Behavior, Language, Education, Socialisation, Cognition Doctoral School official website
  16. ^ Art, Literatures, Languages, Philosophy, Information & Communication Doctoral School official website
  17. ^ Time, Spaces, Societies & Cultures Doctoral School official website
  18. ^ Legal & Political Sciences Doctoral School official website
  19. ^ Management Sciences Doctoral School official website
  20. ^ Toulouse School of Economics Doctoral School official website
  21. ^ Thomas Pesquet on ESA web site

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