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
Established1229; 794 years ago (1229)
PresidentMarie-France Barthet
Academic staff
Administrative staff

The University of Toulouse (French: Université de Toulouse) was a university in the French city of Toulouse that was established by papal bull in 1229, making it one of the earliest universities to emerge in Europe. Suppressed during the French Revolution in 1793, it was re-founded in 1896 as part of the reorganization of higher education. It finally disappeared in 1969, giving birth to the three current Toulouse universities: the University Toulouse-I-Capitole, the University Toulouse-II-Jean-Jaurès and the University Toulouse-III-Paul-Sabatier.

The current consortium of Universities and other institutions of higher education and research in the Toulouse area is also known as Université fédérale de Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées.

The three Universities, along with other Toulouse schools, are participating in the reconstruction of a University of Toulouse – a joint structure of 107,000 students including 4,500 doctoral students, approximately 17,000 staff, 145 research laboratories. The mission called "UT2022" was entrusted to Patrick Lévy, former president of the University of Grenoble-Alpes, accompanied by the president of the Université fédérale de Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées, Philippe Raimbault. This development, strongly desired by the elected officials of the Occitanie region and Toulouse Métropole, aims to give greater visibility to Toulouse higher education in international rankings.


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 and 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.[2] It no longer represents a single university, as it is now the collective 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.[3]

Members and 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[5]
  • Sciences for Ecology, Veterinary, Agronomy & Bioengineery[6]
  • Geosciences, Astrophysics & Space Sciences[7]
  • Mathematics, Informatics & Telecommunications Toulouse Doctoral School[8]
  • Electrical, Electronic Engineering & Telecommunications [9]
  • Systems [10]
  • Physics, Chemistry & Materials Sciences [11]
  • Mechanics, Energetics, Civil & Process Engineering[12]
  • Aeronautics & Astronautics [13]

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

Present and past faculty include[edit]

Famous alumni and former students[edit]

Sport'* Thomas Castaignède, (born 1975, graduated from INSA Toulouse), rugby union footballer, played with the France national team

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 Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Décret n° 2007-385 du 21 mars 2007 portant création de l'établissement public de coopération scientifique Université de Toulouse – Legifrance". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  3. ^ [pdf] Regional atlas student population in 2008–2009
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "ADUM – Outil de gestion et de communication pour les écoles doctorales et les établissements d'enseignement supérieurs". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  6. ^ LAPEYRE Martial-DELRIEU Eric-CHARMANTIER Audrey. "Site de l'école doctorale SEVAB : Accueil". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  7. ^ "Ecole Doctorale SDU2E". Archived from the original on 4 April 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Ecole doctorale MITT Mathématiques Informatique Télécommunications de Toulous – ED 475 Toulouse". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Ecole doctorale GEET – ED 323 Toulouse". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  10. ^ "ECOLE DOCTORALE SYSTEMES – ED 309". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Ecole Doctorale Sciences de la Matière – Toulouse". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  12. ^ Mechanics, Energetics, Civil & Process Engineering Doctoral School official website
  13. ^ "ED 467 Ecole doctorale Aeronautique Astronautique – Toulouse". Archived from the original on 23 January 2008. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  14. ^ Katia Dago. "UT2J – Ecole Doctorale CLESCO (Comportement, Langage, Education, Socialisation, Cognition) – Accueil". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  15. ^ Katia Dago. "UT2J – Ecole Doctorale ALLPH@ (Arts, Lettres, Langues, Philosophie, Communication) – Accueil École doctorale ALLPHA". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  16. ^ Katia Dago. "UT2J – Ecole Doctorale TESC (Temps, Espaces, Sociétés, Cultures) – Accueil". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  17. ^ "Legal & Political Sciences Doctoral School official website". Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
  18. ^ Oréalys. "Ecole doctorale Sciences de Gestion Toulouse". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  19. ^ "TSE". TSE. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  20. ^ "Thomas Pesquet". European Space Agency. 20 May 2005. Retrieved 5 July 2015.

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