University of Auvergne
The University of Auvergne (Université d'Auvergne), also known as “Universite d'Auvergne Clermont-Ferrand I” or Clermont-Ferrand I, is a French public university, based in Clermont-Ferrand
Clermont-Ferrand is a city and commune of France, in the Auvergne region, with a population of 140,700 . Its metropolitan area had 409,558 inhabitants at the 1999 census. It is the prefecture of the Puy-de-Dôme department...

, in the region of Auvergne
Auvergne (région)
Auvergne is one of the 27 administrative regions of France. It comprises the 4 departments of Allier, Puy de Dome, Cantal and Haute Loire.The current administrative region of Auvergne is larger than the historical province of Auvergne, and includes provinces and areas that historically were not...

. It is under the Academy of Clermont-Ferrand. It is the head of PRES Clermont Université consortium; PRES being the league of elite universities of France. Hence, the university is constantly ranked as a leading academic institution by various French academicians and newspapers, most notably Le Figaro
Le Figaro
Le Figaro is a French daily newspaper founded in 1826 and published in Paris. It is one of three French newspapers of record, with Le Monde and Libération, and is the oldest newspaper in France. It is also the second-largest national newspaper in France after Le Parisien and before Le Monde, but...


The Université d’Auvergne was founded in 1519 and as such in 1806 as a medical school. Soon the university established itself as a premier center for medical studies, and continues to do so for over 100 years. It became the Université d’Auvergne Clermont-Ferrand 1 on March 16, 1976.

The university has a status of EPSCSP, which is the highest French accreditation. This leads to high emphasis over the professional and research areas of the university. A comprehensive institution, it offers more than 60 national degrees in Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Law and Forensics, Economics and Politics, Management and Administration, and Technology.


The first university existed between the 12th century and the end of the 15th century to Billom
Billom is a commune in the Puy-de-Dôme department in Auvergne in central France.-People:It was the birthplace of philosopher Georges Bataille.Hugh Aycelin was a French Cardinal.-References:*...

, near Clermont, with up to students. At the beginning of the 16th century, the Bishop
A bishop is an ordained or consecrated member of the Christian clergy who is generally entrusted with a position of authority and oversight. Within the Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox Churches, in the Assyrian Church of the East, in the Independent Catholic Churches, and in the...

 of Clermont, Thomas Duprat installed a university library. The King established the University in February 1519, but following protests by Charles III of Bourbon and the University of Paris
University of Paris
The University of Paris was a university located in Paris, France and one of the earliest to be established in Europe. It was founded in the mid 12th century, and officially recognized as a university probably between 1160 and 1250...

, it was closed in 1520. In 1681, the King authorized the creation of a medical college in Clermont. The Faculty of Arts was founded in 1808, inaugurated in May 1810 in the hospital Charitains (demolished in 1906), but it is improvised from the Restoration in September 1815.

During the Second World War, the university hosted Clermont students and professors from the University of Strasbourg
University of Strasbourg
The University of Strasbourg in Strasbourg, Alsace, France, is the largest university in France, with about 43,000 students and over 4,000 researchers....

, fleeing the German occupation. The university was also severely affected: On 25 November 1943, the buildings were surrounded by the Gestapo
The Gestapo was the official secret police of Nazi Germany. Beginning on 20 April 1934, it was under the administration of the SS leader Heinrich Himmler in his position as Chief of German Police...

, with orders to arrest deans, students and those from Alsace-Lorraine
The Imperial Territory of Alsace-Lorraine was a territory created by the German Empire in 1871 after it annexed most of Alsace and the Moselle region of Lorraine following its victory in the Franco-Prussian War. The Alsatian part lay in the Rhine Valley on the west bank of the Rhine River and east...

, and they all could be related to the resistance
French Resistance
The French Resistance is the name used to denote the collection of French resistance movements that fought against the Nazi German occupation of France and against the collaborationist Vichy régime during World War II...

. Nearly 50 students and teachers were arrested and Collomp Paul, a professor of the faculty of Literature, was even killed by a gunshot.
Large differences were created in particular political interventions in the implementation of the Reform of 1969 (Act Faure), but it was not until 1976 that the University Clermont only split into two separate institutions, Clermont II
Blaise Pascal University
Blaise Pascal University , also known as"Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand II" or just Clermont-Ferrand II, is a public university with its main campus on in Clermont-Ferrand, France, with satellite locations in other parts of the region of Auvergne, including Vichy, Moulins, Montlucon,...

 retrieving Literature, the Humanities and the Applied Sciences, the Natural Science and Technology, University Clermont I keeping it on the Law, Economics, the Medical and IUT. Although later on, both the universities developed their courses and were acclaimed prestige for their students and courses.

After the split, the relations between the two universities have been timid or nonexistent, but the situation has gradually improved. Today the two institutions have significantly come closer together and collaborate on some courses. The creation of PRES Clermont Université in May 2008 by the University of Auvergne, the Blaise Pascal University
Blaise Pascal University
Blaise Pascal University , also known as"Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand II" or just Clermont-Ferrand II, is a public university with its main campus on in Clermont-Ferrand, France, with satellite locations in other parts of the region of Auvergne, including Vichy, Moulins, Montlucon,...

, the National School of Agricultural Engineers from Clermont-Ferrand (ENITA), the Ecole Nationale Supérieure of Chemistry of Clermont Ferrand (ENSCCF) and the French Institute of Advanced Mechanics (IFMA) is dedicated to ensuring the visibility and attractiveness of the university campus Clermont internationally.


With 15,000 students, including 3,000 foreign students, it consists of five faculties and 3 institutes:
  • Faculty of Law and Political Science at Clermont-Ferrand
  • Faculty of Economics and Management
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Dental Surgery
  • IUT (Engineering Sciences, Computer Networks, Multimedia, Biology, Management)
  • IUP "Management and Business Management"
  • Institute of Preparation for General Administration (IPAG)

Research Centers

With twenty-three laboratories as principal four UMR (2 INSERM, CNRS 1, 1 INRA), the potential for research is mainly focused on Life sciences and Health (61.3%). The tertiary sector, Economics-Management accounts for 34.4% and the Technology sector 4.3%.
In 2004, the university saw a rapid improvement in the framework and courses were significantly altered to higher standards, particularly in fields of Medicine, Law and Economics-Management. A Bilingual Bachelor program in Business-Management program (French: Licence Bilingue Economie-Gestion) was launched and receives presently the highest funding in the Economics Department. It has developed a consortium with HEC Paris, University Paris X, Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University
Carnegie Mellon University is a private research university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States....

 and Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
RMIT University
RMIT University is an Australian public university located in Melbourne, Victoria. It has two branches, referred to as RMIT University in Australia and RMIT International University in Vietnam....

, Australia. It shall begin from 2011. The Economics-Management department has tie ups for student internships with various prestigious institutions, namely UNESCO
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization is a specialized agency of the United Nations...

 and in Saint-Etienne
Saint-Étienne is a city in eastern central France. It is located in the Massif Central, southwest of Lyon in the Rhône-Alpes region, along the trunk road that connects Toulouse with Lyon...

, which houses the headquarters of various French and international companies.
Board of Directors=
  • Philippe Dulbecco, Member of Board of Directors of CPU.
  • Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors: Michel Madesclaire
  • Vice-Chairman of the Scientific and Research: Alain Eschalier
  • Vice-Chairman of the Board of Studies and University Life: Fabien Feschet
  • Associate Vice-President, Finance and Real Estate: Francoise Dupont-Marillia
  • Vice-President with responsibility for innovation, and entrepreneurship development: Pierre-Charles Romond
  • Vice-President with responsibility for training and policy documentation: Lionel Colombel
  • Vice-President with responsibility for international development policy: Jacky Mathonnat
  • Executive Vice President for Information Technology and Communication for Teaching, Research, Administration and Management: Olivier Guinaldo
  • Executive Vice President for Communications and Cultural Policy: Stéphane Calipel
  • Executive Vice President for Legal Affairs: Didier Valette
  • Vice President Student: Thomas Guerreau

Source : Site officiel de l'Université Clermont-Ferrand-I

See also

  • University of Clermont-Ferrand
    University of Clermont-Ferrand
    The University of Clermont-Ferrand was officially founded in 1896, by merging of two existing faculties and a medical school. In 1976, due to political issues, the University split between University Clermont-Ferrand I - University of Auvergne and University Clermont-Ferrand II - Blaise Pascal...

  • Blaise Pascal University
    Blaise Pascal University
    Blaise Pascal University , also known as"Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand II" or just Clermont-Ferrand II, is a public university with its main campus on in Clermont-Ferrand, France, with satellite locations in other parts of the region of Auvergne, including Vichy, Moulins, Montlucon,...

  • List of modern universities in Europe (1801–1945)
  • List of public universities in France by academy

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