Pierre and Marie Curie University

Pierre and Marie Curie University

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UPMC represents French excellence in science and medicine. A direct descendant of the historic Sorbonne, UPMC is  the top French university by the Shanghai world rankings, 7th in Europe and 36th in the world. UPMC encompasses all major sciences, such as mathematics (5th in the world); chemistry; physics; electronics; computer science; mechanics; Earth, marine and environmental sciences; life sciences; and medicine.

With 8,500 publications per year, approximately 11% of the national production, UPMC is a major player in the international knowledge and innovation economy, as shown by its many international awards. The University has more than 3,750 researchers and professor-researchers in 100 laboratories  and an additional 2,800 researchers working as partners from four French national research organizations: the CNRS (science), Inserm (health and medical), the IRD (development) and Inria (computing and automation). UPMC files more than 20 patents each year and has cooperation agreements with prestigious universities worldwide. Its partnerships with major French and international research organizations and participation in various international networks are testament to the University’s international involvement.

The largest scientific and medical education center in France, UPMC offers its 34,000 students (of which 20 percent are foreign) a demanding and diverse curriculum organized into 10 bachelor programs, 11 master’s degrees and 16 doctoral schools and France’s largest library center. UPMC promotes study abroad programs as a valuable educational and cultural asset through its four international bachelor’s, 16 international master’s and four international doctorates in partnership with universities worldwide.

UPMC, a founding member of Sorbonne University. This re-establishment of the historic Sorbonne University is a comprehensive group of establishments—all top in their fields—offering students an expanded choice of major-minor courses and degrees designed for emerging professions. As part of the Sorbonne University group, UPMC research spans not only the sciences and medicine, but also technology, economics, humanities and the arts. Its research at the intersection of numerous domains and transversal themes is supported by cluster hiring. Sorbonne University was also selected as an “Excellence Initiative” by the French government, and includes four national research organizations as members: the CNRS, Inserm, the IRD and Inria.

History


Today, Pierre and Marie Curie University stands for French excellence in science and medicine.  It is the 8th European university in the Academic Ranking of World Universities and 41th in the world.

UPMC participates in the development of high-level research, as proven by its many international prizes and medals and its collaboration with more than one hundred international universities.  The University has seven UFRs (Unité de Formation et de Recherche; teaching and research departments) in chemistry; engineering; mathematics; medicine; physics; and life, Earth, environmental and biodiversity sciences.  It also encompasses the Ecole polytechnique universitaire, the Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris, the Institut Henri Poincaré and three marine stations, in Roscoff, Banyuls and Villefranche-sur-Mer on the coasts of France.
Its laboratories collaborate with major research organisations and reputed partners such as the CNRS (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique; French national centre for scientific research), INSERM (Institut national de la santé et de la recherche médicale; French national institute for health and medical research), INRA (Institut national de la recherche agronomique; French national institute for agricultural research), the IRD (Institut de recherche pour le développement; French institute of research for development), Ifremer (Institut francais de recherche pour l’exploitation de la mer; French research institute for exploitation of the sea), the CEA (Commissariat à l’Énergie Atomique; French atomic energy commission) and the CNES (Centre National d’Études Spatiales; French national centre for space research).

Built in the 50s and 60s, the Jussieu campus, according to dean Marc Zamanski, must be “the tangible symbol of scientific thought in the heart of Paris,” with the the Faculty of Science, right in the middle of the Latin Quarter, playing its role in the “intellectual and spiritual continuum of Paris’s long university history.”

In 1968, the Paris Faculty of Science was divided into a number of different universities. Created in 1971, Université Paris 6, the principal heir, shared the Jussieu campus with Université Paris 7 and the Institut de Physique du Globe.

In 1974, Université Paris 6 chose a prestigious patron by adopting the official name Université Pierre et Marie Curie. It continuously strives to perpetuate the scientific legacy of its illustrious forebears.

today, the largest scientific and medical complex in France is active in all fields of research and has achieved an outstanding reputation.


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