Paris Descartes University

Introduction

Paris Descartes University is the university of human and health sciences of Paris

With its nine Training and research departments (UFR) and its Institute of Technology (IUT), Paris Descartes University encompasses all the fields of knowledge of human and health sciences. It is the only university of the Ile-de-France region to offer medical, pharmaceutical and odontological studies; its health department is renowned in Europe and in the whole world for the high quality of its training and the excellence of its research.

Facts and figures about the university:

  • 38 900 students,
  • 2 180 teachers,
  • 1 300 researchers,
  • 1 550 technical, administrative, library and other non-teaching staff (BIATOSS),
  • 600 engineers, technicians and administrative staff (ITA),
  • 3 fields of education,
  • 105 Master’s degrees,
  • 300 University Diplomas (Dus) and Inter- University Diplomas (DIUs),
  • more than 13 000 diplomas awarded every year,
  • more than 200 theses defended every year (not including “thèses d’exercice:” PhDs in medicine, pharmaceutical sciences and odontology),
  • 82 laboratories, most of which working in association with major research institutes such as the CNRS and INSERM (National Centre for Scientific Research and National Institute of Health and Medical Research)
  • 13 doctoral schools among which 7 work in partnership,
  • a budget of 333 million Euros in 2010 (payroll included),
  • 252 400 m2 in property holdings.

SCHOOLS & DEPARTMENTS

With its nine Training and research departments (UFR) and its Institute of Technology (IUT), Paris Descartes University encompasses all the fields of knowledge of human and health sciences. It is the only university of the Ile-de-France region to offer medical, pharmaceutical and odontological studies; its health department is renowned in Europe and in the whole world for the high quality of its training and the excellence of its research.

  • Saints Pères Faculty of Biomedical Sciences
  • Faculty of Odontology
  • Faculty of Law
  • University Institute of Technology (Institut universitaire de technologie = IUT)
  • Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Studies
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical and Biological Sciences of Paris
  • Institute of Psychology
  • Faculty of Human and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Sports and Physical Education (STAPS = Sciences et Techniques des Activités Physiques et Sportives)

The History of the University

In 1971, René Descartes - Paris V University was created as a result of the reform of the University of Paris, whose Faculties of medicine, pharmacy, humanities, sciences and law were split and divided into 8 universities located in Paris. The University Institute of Technology, the Faculty of Sports and Physical Education (STAPS), the Faculty of Odontology, the Saints Pères Faculty of Biomedical Sciences were first added to the original René Descartes - Paris V University created in 1971, then in 1976, the Faculty of Law of Malakoff also joined the University.

In 2004, the University underwent once again some significant changes. The three faculties of medicine of Paris (Necker, Cochin and Broussais) merged to become the Faculty of Medicine of Paris Descartes (MP5), and hence could offer students decompartmentalised general and specialised teaching, and constitute a federative centre, representative of medicine in Paris.

Furthermore, the University was one of the first to implement the Bologna Process (LMD - Degree, Master, Doctorate or 3-5-8) aimed at making the diplomas European. The reform, based on the organisation of the academic teaching in semesters and the capitalisation of credits (ECTS), provides a greater understanding of the students’ skills and makes it easier to study abroad.

When it was created, the University chose to be under the patronage of René Descartes (1596-1650) whose scientific approach was truly modern, encompassed all human knowledge and was perfectly adapted to a multidisciplinary university.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • French

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