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Paris Cité University
Université Paris Cité
Latin: Universitas Parisiensis
Established19 March 2019 (2019-03-19)
1970 – Paris V & Paris VII
c. 1150University of Paris
AffiliationSorbonne Paris Cité, Udice French Research Universities
PresidentChristine Clerici
Academic staff
Administrative staff
An outline of the Eiffel Tower imposed on the letter U, with its left pillar behind the letter and its right pillar in front of it, forming a maroon-coloured monogram. On its right, the words "Université Paris Cité".

Paris Cité University (French: Université Paris Cité) is a public research university located in Paris, France. It was created by decree on 20 March 2019, resulting from the merger of Paris Descartes (Paris V) and Paris Diderot (Paris VII) universities, established following the division of the University of Paris in 1970.[2] It was originally established as the University of Paris (French: Université de Paris), but was renamed by decree in March 2022 to its current name.[3] The university headquarter is located in the 6th arrondissement at boulevard Saint-Germain.



1970: Division of the University of Paris


Following the disruption, de Gaulle appointed Edgar Faure as minister of education; Faure was assigned to draft reforms about the French university system, with the help of academics.[4] Their proposal was adopted on 12 November 1968;[4] in accordance with the new law, the faculties of the University of Paris were to reorganize themselves.[5]

Some of the new universities took over the old faculties and the majority of their professors: social sciences by Paris-I Panthéon-Sorbonne University;[6] law by Paris-II Panthéon-Assas University;[7] humanities by Paris-III Sorbonne Nouvelle[8][9] and Paris-IV Sorbonne University; science by Paris-V Descartes University,[10][9] Paris-VI Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris-VII Paris Diderot University, and Paris-XI Orsay University.[11]

The thirteen successor universities to the University of Paris are now split over the three academies of the Île-de-France region.

2000: University of Paris reunification projects


The Universities of Paris III, Paris V, and Paris VII have been moving closer together since the mid-2000s as part of the establishment of research and higher education clusters (PRES) and the Campus Plan. An initial understanding bringing them together took place in January 2006 with the creation of the association Paris Centre Universities, which then brought together the university with those of Paris 1, Paris 5, and Paris 13, whereas the other Parisian universities had united around the Paris Universitas project the previous year. The projects put forward by these initial meetings of institutions were not retained in the first phase of the campus plan of April 2008, and new links are being formed.

University of Paris VII subsequently became part of the Sorbonne Paris Cité project, which also brings together the universities of Paris III, Paris V and Paris 13, as well as other higher education institutions such as Sciences Po, and the PRES was officially created on 13 February 2010.

2019: Merger of the Universities of Paris V and Paris VII


In 2017, Paris III Sorbonne-Nouvelle University and Sciences Po withdrew from the merger project but the universities of Paris V and Paris VII decided on a merger scheduled for 1 January 2019. The University of Paris was created as a university grouping on 20 March 2019.

The Universities of Paris V and Paris VII were dissolved on 1 January 2020 while the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, as a "component-institution", retains its legal personality.

On 21 June 2019, Christine Clerici was elected President of University of Paris. On proposals, she appointed the following Faculty Councils: Alain Zider, Dean of the Faculty of Science, Xavier Jeunemaitre, Dean of the Faculty of Health, and Sylvain Moutier, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The Academic Senate of University of Paris, meeting on 8 October 2019, elected Edouard Kaminski, Vice-President for Research, Philippe Roussel-Galle, Vice-President for Training.

After an appeal by the Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas University, the Conseil d'État annulled the part of the decree that established "University of Paris" as the name of the merged university on 29 December 2021.[12] The university was renamed to "Université Paris Cité" by decree in March 2022.[3]

Organization and administration


Paris Cité University is a scientific, cultural and professional experimental public institution.[13] It is multidisciplinary and comprises four main areas of training: legal, economic and management disciplines; humanities and social sciences; science and technology; and health disciplines.



Paris Cité University is located at 12 rue de l'École de Médecine (6th arrondissement of Paris).

It has two campuses:

Condorcet building, headquarters of the Department of Physics

Paris Cité University has 21 facilities in Paris on both campuses. Its headquarters are centered on the "Faculté de Médecine" or "Collège de Chirurgie", which was built in place of the "Collège de Bourgogne", in the Quartier Latin, on the rue de l'École-de-Médecine. The teaching facilities and the research laboratories are housed in the Saints-Pères university center, as far as the medical school and the social sciences school are concerned, and in the Xavier-Bichat and Lariboisière Saint-Louis university centers. The campus in Saint-Germain-des-Prés also houses the joint department of Mathematics and Computer Science.

The odontology school is located in the Garancière university center. The headquarters of the Department of Physics is in the Condorcet building, in Paris-Rive-Gauche university campus. This campus also contains Life Sciences, Mathematics, Geography, History and Social sciences and Letters, Art and Cinema departments.

The refurbished Henri-Piéron center contains the school of psychology, whereas the Law school is located in Malakoff. The dentistry school is located in Montrouge.



The undergraduate program of Paris Cité University is selective, with an acceptance rate of 11% (for Descartes campuses only). Admission to the second year of the university's master programs is selective as well, some of these programs admitting only 1.7% of applicants which can represent 25 students by programs.

International conventions


Paris Cité University has signed over 150 conventions with foreign universities across five continents, including Manchester, Warwick, Copenhagen, Rome, Madrid, Rotterdam, Helsinki, Stockholm or Ghent.[14]



On 21 June 2019, Christine Clerici was elected President of Paris Cité University. On proposals, she appointed the following Faculty Councils: Alain Zider, Dean of the Faculty of Science, Xavier Jeunemaitre, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Sylvain Moutier, Dean of the Faculty of Societies and Humanities.[15]

The Academic Senate of Université de Paris, meeting on 8 October 2019, elected Edouard Kaminski, Vice-President for Research, Philippe Roussel-Galle, Vice-President for Training and Emylie Lentzner, Student Vice-President.[16]

On 11 October 2019, the Board of Directors elected Clarisse Berthezène as vice-president and Alexandré Severin as Manager of Scholarship Administrators.[citation needed]

The governance of Paris Cité University is ensured by a President, an Executive Board, and an Academic Senate that deliberate, by academic and technical bodies that give opinions and orientations.

The President is elected by the Executive Board for a four-year term, renewable once, from among teacher-researchers, researchers, professors or lecturers, associates or guests. The President is assisted by a Vice-President of the Executive Board, a Vice-President of Research, a Vice-President of Education and a Vice-President of Student Affairs.

The Executive Board comprises twenty-eight members: sixteen representatives elected by and from among the staff and students of  Université de Paris and the IPGP, four ex officio members (Chairman of the Board of Directors of the IPGP, Chairman of the CNRS, Chairman of Inserm, Director General of Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris), and eight qualified personalities.


University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[17]69 (2023)
CWUR World[18]42 (2022–2023)
CWTS World[19]115 (2022)
QS World[20]236 (2024)
THE World[21]=152 (2024)
USNWR Global[22]43 (2024-2025)

Notable people


Nobel and Fields laureates


Teachers and former teachers

Nobel Laureate George Fitzgerald Smoot, professor of the university
Azadeh Kian (2022) at the European Parliament




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  3. ^ a b "Décret n° 2022-327 du 4 mars 2022 portant dénomination d'établissement public expérimental". www.legifrance.gouv.fr. 4 March 2022. Retrieved 7 March 2022.
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