Pierre and Marie Curie University

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Logo upmc sorbonne.png
Type Public
Active 1 January 1971 (1971-01-01)–31 December 2017 (2017-12-31)
Budget 400 million euros[1]
President Jean Chambaz
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 32,000
Location Paris, France
48°50′50″N 2°21′23″E / 48.847222°N 2.356389°E / 48.847222; 2.356389Coordinates: 48°50′50″N 2°21′23″E / 48.847222°N 2.356389°E / 48.847222; 2.356389
Campus Urban
Nickname University of Paris VI
Affiliations Sorbonne University,[2] CNRS,[1] LERU, EUA
Website www.upmc.fr
Pierre and Marie Curie University is located in Paris
Pierre and Marie Curie University

UPMC,[3] formerly Pierre and Marie Curie University (French: Université Pierre-et-Marie-Curie) or also known as Paris VI,[4] was a public research university in Paris, France from 1971 to 2017.


Paris VI was one of the inheritors of the faculty of Sciences of the University of Paris, which was divided into several universities in 1970. It is a member of the Sorbonne University Group and has been merged into the Sorbonne University on 1 January 2018.[5][6]

The university is located on the Jussieu Campus in the Latin Quarter of the 5th arrondissement of Paris, France.

UPMC is the largest scientific and medical complex in France, active in many fields of research with scope and achievements at the highest level, as demonstrated by the many awards regularly won by UPMC researchers, and the many international partnerships it maintains across all five continents.[7] Several university rankings have regularly put UPMC at the 1st place in France, and it has been ranked as one of the top universities in the world. The ARWU (2014) has ranked UPMC as the 1st in France, 6th in Europe and 35th in the world and also 4th in field of mathematics, 25th in field of physics, 14th in field of natural sciences and 32nd in field of engineering, technology and computer science.[8]

It has more than 125 laboratories, most of them in association with the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS). Some of its most notable institutes and laboratories include the Institut Henri Poincaré, Institut d'astrophysique de Paris, Laboratoire d'informatique de Paris 6 (LIP6), Institut de mathématiques de Jussieu (shared with University Paris-Diderot) and the Laboratoire Kastler-Brossel (shared with École Normale Supérieure).

The University's Faculty of Medicine Pierre and Marie Curie is located in the teaching hospitals Pitié-Salpêtrière and Saint-Antoine (the latter itself being the successor to Saint-Antoine-des-Champs Abbey).

UPMC delivers a diploma in physics in English, since September 2013 for Université Paris-Sorbonne Abou Dhabi.[9]

University of Paris (Sorbonne) at the 17th Century
Historic View of University

Creation from the faculties of Science and Medicine of the University of Paris[edit]

The University of Paris (French: Université de Paris) first appeared in the second half of the 12th century, but was reorganized in 1970 as 13 autonomous universities after the student protests of the French May.

In 1971, the five ancient faculties of the former University of Paris (Paris VI as the Faculty of Sciences) were split and then re-formed into thirteen universities by the Faure Law. The campus was built in the 1950s and 1960s, on a site previously occupied by wine storehouses.

The Dean, Marc Zamanski, saw the Jussieu campus standing as a tangible symbol of scientific thought in the heart of Paris, with the Faculty of Science, set in the Latin Quarter, as part of an intellectual and spiritual continuum linked to the university history of Paris.

The University of Paris VI became the scientific center and was set up in 1971; it shared the Jussieu campus with the University of Paris 7 and the Paris Geophysical Institute (Institut de Physique du Globe).

In 1974, the University of Paris VI chose prestigious champions when it adopted the name Université Pierre et Marie Curie, after Pierre and Marie Curie, and ever since has endeavored to perpetuate the scientific legacy of these forebears.

In 2007, it took the name UPMC.[10]

UPMC is now the largest scientific and medical complex in France, active in all fields of research (see "University Rankings").[11]

In 2008 the university joined the association Paris Universitas changing its logo accordingly[12] and adding the name of the association after its own.

Dissolution into the faculties of Sciences and Medicine of the Sorbonne University[edit]

In 2010, the Sorbonne University group was created, including the Pantheon-Assas University, the Paris-Sorbonne University, the Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, the INSEAD and the University of Technology of Compiègne and the Pierre-and-Marie-Curie University; for this occasion the logo were changed again.[13]

UPMC merged into the Sorbonne University on 1 January 2018 [14]


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