University of Nice Sophia Antipolis

Université Nice-Sophia Antipolis

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The University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNS) is a comprehensive university. It is located across the Alpes Maritimes. It hosts more than 25 000 students. It has nearly 2700 staff: more than 1,600 teachers, faculty and instructors and nearly 1,100 administrative staff (library staff, engineers, administrative, technical, workers, service or health).
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The University of Nice Sophia Antipolis (UNS) is a comprehensive university. Created in 1965, it is located across the Alpes Maritimes in Nice, Cannes, Menton, Grasse and is a key player in the technology park of Sophia Antipolis. It annually hosts more than 25,000 students, including approximately 1,300 graduate students and nearly 20% foreigners, spread over several campuses and training and research units (UFR). It has nearly 2700 staff: more than 1,600 teachers, faculty and instructors and nearly 1,100 administrative staff (library staff, engineers, administrative, technical, workers, service or health). About 200 theses are defended each year to the UNS.

 

The UNS has 12 main campuses of 300,000 m² of premises, 9 faculties, 2 institutes and two schools. It is endowed with € 237 million of the overall budget.

Schools / Colleges / Departments / Courses / Faculties


Units of Formation and Research (U.F.R.)

  • 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

Institutes

  • IAE Nice Graduate School of Management
  • University Institute of Technology
  • School of engineers
  • University Polytechnic School – Polytech Nice-Sophia
  • Laboratoire de Zététique

History


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 2nd, 1962 and was connected to the Université d’Aix-Marseille.


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