University of Nice Sophia Antipolis

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Nice Sophia Antipolis University
Université Nice Sophia Antipolis
University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis - Grand Château - 1.jpg
The "Grand Château" building at UNSA's Valrose campus.
Motto Passerelle vers le savoir et l'innovation
Type Public
Established October 23, 1965 (1965-October-23)
Endowment 243 million euros
President Frédérique Vidal
Vice-president Michel Rainelli
Rector Emmanuel Ethis
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 25,049
Undergraduates 12,565
Postgraduates 5,146
Location Nice, France
Campus Multiple campuses in Alpes-Maritimes
Affiliations Campus Europae
Nice Sophia Antipolis University logo

The Nice Sophia Antipolis University (French: Université Nice Sophia Antipolis) is a university located in Nice, France and neighboring areas. It was founded in 1965 and is organized in eight faculties, two autonomous institutes and an engineering school.

It also hosts the first WWW Interactive Multipurpose Server (WIMS).

It is a member of the Coordination of French Research-Intensive Universities (CURIF), the equivalent of the Russell Group in the UK.


University Center.
Château de Valrose.

At the heart of the Mediterranean Basin, the Université Nice Sophia Antipolis has developed a vivid cosmopolitan spirit. A prestigious training and research institution, a broad range of high-quality teaching programs and a privileged study environment has drawn an ever-growing number of scholars and professionals from around the world to the French Riviera.

The University of Nice was officially established by decree dated October 23, 1965. However, its historic roots go back to the 17th century, with the famous Collegium Jurisconsultorum Niciensium created in 1639 by the Princes of Savoy. It was composed of an important body of jurisconsuls (law consultants and lawyers) and its fame lasted until Nice was incorporated into France in 1860. In the 17th century, courses, renowned throughout Europe, were taught at its College of Medicine.

The University of Nice's vocation was asserted at the beginning of the 20th century, thanks to the combined efforts of several great university members, such as the Dean Louis Trotabas and Maurice Mignon. In 1933 with the help of local communities and the City of Nice in particular, they created the Centre Universitaire Méditerranéen (currently a conference center) situated on the Promenade des Anglais whose first Administrator was the great French poet, Paul Valéry. Following that, the Institut d'Etudes Juridiques was established In 1938, the Institut d'Etudes Littéraires in 1941, and the Institut d'Etudes Scientifiques in 1945. La Faculté de Droit et des Sciences Economiques (The College of Law and Economics) was created by decree on August 2, 1962 and was connected to the Université d'Aix-Marseille.


The university has four main campuses: the Valrose campus (Sciences), the Trotabas campus (Law), the Saint-Jean d'Angély campus (Economics and Management), and the Carlone campus (Letters, Arts and Humanities).

However, the university operates on several secondary locations like Sophia Antipolis or Villefranche-sur-Mer outside Nice.


Units of Formation and Research (U.F.R.)[edit]

  • Law, Political, Economic and Management Sciences
  • Institute of Law, Peace and Development
  • Spaces and Cultures
  • Letters, Arts and Social sciences
  • Medicine
  • Odontology
  • Sciences
  • Sciences and Technology of Physical and Sporting Activities


The university's Institute of Languages also provides lectures and summer courses in French to foreign students.

Notable alumni[edit]

Alphabetically by surname:


  1. ^ Bonarrigo, Sabrina (February 19, 2015). "Union européenne : Tonelli aux négociations". Monaco Hebdo. Retrieved May 4, 2017. 

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Coordinates: 43°43′01″N 7°15′59″E / 43.7170°N 7.2665°E / 43.7170; 7.2665