University of Toulouse II – Le Mirail

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University of Toulouse II
Jean Jaurès
Université de Toulouse Jean Jaurès
Université Toulouse 2 (logo).svg
Established 1974
Type Public
Religious affiliation University of Toulouse
Endowment €147 M
President Jean-Michel Minovez
Academic staff 1,095
Admin. staff 725
Students 25,767
Location Toulouse, France
Nickname UTM
Affiliations University of Toulouse
Website www.univ-tlse2.fr
Arch and the dovecote of the University.
Lake Reynerie at Le Mirail, seen from the neighboring park.

Université Toulouse II or University of Toulouse II (known by the name of Université de Toulouse-Jean Jaurès since 2014 and formerly Université de Toulouse-Le Mirail, or UTM) is one of 3 universities in Toulouse, France.

The campus, situated in Toulouse's grand architectural project of the 1960s, Le Mirail, was conceived and built by the team of architects Candilis, Josic, Woods.

Mirail University was hastily conceived as a result of the saturation of the original buildings in the city centre and of course the events of May 1968. At that time it was decided to divide the University of Toulouse into three: The law faculty became Université Toulouse I, occupying all the old university buildings, the humanities faculty became Université de Toulouse II – Le Mirail, named after its new location, and the departments of science and medicine became Université Paul Sabatier (Toulouse III). In 1969, a fourth university in Toulouse was created, Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, a school of engineering.

After the opening of many extensions (one of which was situated in military barracks) in order to free up the university in the city centre, the campus in Le Mirail opened its doors one section at a time starting in 1971, and completed the transfer by 1973. Planned for 11,000 students, the university today is a victim of its own success, with a student population of roughly 27,500.

As the humanities university of Toulouse, it is organised into many pedagogical components: UFRs (unités de formation et de recherche) and university institutes. It is also host to a number of student groups and associations, including the theater troupe Les Soeurs Fatales and the irreverent student-run newspaper The Mariner.

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Coordinates: 43°34′40″N 1°24′15″E / 43.577702°N 1.404058°E / 43.577702; 1.404058