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Paris Diderot University

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Type  Public
Students  26,000
Phone  +33 1 57 27 57 27
Founded  1970
President  Christine Clerici
Location  Paris, France
Total enrollment  24,901 (2012)
Paris Diderot University
Established  1970, following the division of the University of Paris (12th century)
Chancellor  Maurice Quénet Chancellor of the Universities of Paris
Address  5 Rue Thomas Mann, 75013 Paris, France
Parent organizations  University of Paris, Paris Centre Universités
Notable alumni  Philippe Flajolet, Chen Zhu, Verónika Mendoza, Laurent Gbagbo, Cécile Duflot
Similar  University of Paris, Pierre‑and‑Marie‑Curie University, Paris Descartes University, Paris‑Sorbonne University, Pantheon‑Sorbonne University

Paris Diderot University, also known as Paris 7 (French: Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7), is a leading French university located in Paris. It is one of the heirs of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Paris (together with Paris 6), which, founded in the mid-12th century, was one of the earliest universities established in Europe. It adopted its current name, referring to the French philosopher, art critic and writer Denis Diderot, in 1994.


Featuring two Nobel Prize laureates, two Fields Medal winners and two former French Ministers of Education among its faculty or former faculty, the university is famous for its teaching in science, especially in mathematics. Indeed, many fundamental results of the theory of Probability have been discovered at one of its research centers, the Laboratoire de Probabilités et Modèles Aléatoires (Laboratory of Probability and Random Models). The university is also known for its teaching in psychology, which adopts a specific approach drawing from both the domains of psychopathology and psychoanalysis.

The university also hosts many others disciplines: currently, there are 2300 educators and researchers, 1100 administrative personnel and 26,000 students studying humanities, science, and medicine.

Paris Diderot University is a founding member of the higher education and research alliance Sorbonne Paris Cité which is a Public Institution for Scientific Cooperation bringing together four renowned Parisian universities and four higher education and research institutes.

Formerly based at the Jussieu Campus in the 5th arrondissement, the university moved to a new campus in the 13th arrondissement, in the Paris Rive Gauche neighborhood. The first buildings were brought into use in 2006. The university has many facilities in Paris, and two in other parts of the general area. In 2012, the university completed its move in its new ultra-modern campus.

List of facilities in Paris

There are:

  • PRG (Paris Rive Gauche) - Main campus
  • Jussieu Campus - former Main campus
  • Charles V - English studies
  • RFF Building - Administrative offices
  • Javelot - Geography, history and social science (GHSS)
  • Chateau des Rentiers - Linguistics
  • Garancière - Odontology
  • Xavier-Bichat - Medicine
  • Lariboisière Saint-Louis - Medicine
  • St Louis Hospital - Hematology
  • Rue de Paradis - Medicine
  • UFR (Unité de Formation et de Recherche)

    Paris Diderot University offers courses in many fields, each taught in a different sections of the university called UFR - Unité de Formation et de Recherche (Unity of Teaching and Research).

  • UFR of Life Sciences
  • UFR of Chemistry
  • UFR of Computer Sciences
  • UFR of Mathematics
  • UFR of Physics
  • UFR of Science of the Earth, Environment and Planets
  • UFR of English studies
  • UFR of Cross-cultural and Applied Languages studies
  • UFR of Geography, History and Social sciences
  • UFR of Languages and Cultures in East Asia studies (Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese)
  • UFR of Letters, Art and Cinema
  • UFR of Linguistics
  • UFR of Psychoanalytical Studies (formerly Human clinical sciences)
  • UFR of Social Sciences
  • UFR of Medicine
  • UFR of Odontology
  • Academic degrees

    There are:

  • 1 Diplôme universitaire de technologie (called DUT)
  • 27 Different bachelor's degrees (Licence)
  • 32 Different master's degrees (116 specialities)
  • 1 Engineering school
  • 24 different Ph.Ds (Doctorat)
  • Among these diplomas, the Master of Science in Mathematical Finance (M2MO) – also known as DEA Laure Elie – which is one of the two most selective French postgraduate degrees in Quantitative Finance.

    Teachers and former teachers

  • Jaak Aaviksoo, Estonian Minister of Defense
  • Claude Allègre, Minister of National Education (France) from 1997 to 2000 and member of the Académie des sciences (France)
  • Artur Avila, 2014 Fields Medal
  • Jean-Luc Bennahmias, French Member of the European Parliament
  • Bernard Cerquiglini, rector of the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie
  • Michel Ciment, French journalist, writer and president of FIPRESCI
  • Vincent Courtillot, geophysicist, member of the Académie des sciences (France)
  • Jean Dausset, Nobel Prize in Medicine 1980
  • Luc Ferry, French Minister of National Education from 2002 to 2004
  • Julia Kristeva, Bulgarian-French psychoanalyst, sociologist and feminist
  • Thierry Morand, French biocontainment expert and entrepreneur.
  • Élisabeth Roudinesco, French historian and psychoanalyst
  • Jean-Michel Savéant, member of the Académie des sciences (France)
  • Laurent Schwartz, 1950 Fields Medal,
  • Justin E. H. Smith, Author and professor of history and philosophy of science
  • George Fitzgerald Smoot, Nobel Prize in Physics 2006 for the discovery of anisotropies in the cosmic microwave background radiation
  • Stefano Zacchiroli, Former Debian Project Leader.
  • References

    Paris Diderot University Wikipedia

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