Paris University 13 is one of the thirteen universities created after the reorganization of the old Sorbonne after 1968. It now has 24,000 students spread across five campuses pursuing degrees or continuing education. Truly multi-disciplinary in nature, Paris University 13 is a major centre of teaching and research in the north of Paris.
Paris University 13 is a part of a group of institutes of higher education (COMUE) that includes Université Sorbonne Paris Cité and the Condorcet Campus. Paris University 13 is officially categorized under French law as a « public establishment of a scientific, cultural and professional nature.» It is a legal person with pedagogical, scientific, administrative, and financial autonomy. It determines its own policy within the regulations and laws framework and follows its contractual obligations, particularly with the state.
The fundamental mission of Paris University 13 is to improve the scientific, cultural, and professional knowledge of all through initial and continuing education and the development of research, which is its essential foundation.