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UPMC Facts and Figures

  • 34,000 students of which 20 percent are international
  • 8,600 in staff, of which 80 percent and in research structures
  • 100 research laboratories
  • 8,000 publications per year (approx. 11% of the publication in France)
  • Ranked the top university in France by both Shanghai and Taiwan ratings
  • Member of the European innovation networks: Climate KIC, the EIT ICT Labs, and EIT Health


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Welcome to the Leading French Scientific and Medical University

UPMC represents French excellence in science and medicine. A direct descendant of the historic Sorbonne, UPMC is  the top French university by the Shanghai world rankings, 6th in Europe and 35th in the world. UPMC encompasses all major sciences, such as mathematics (4st in the world); chemistry; physics; electronics; computer science; mechanics; Earth, marine and environmental sciences; life sciences; and medicine.


With 8,000 publications per year, which is approximately 11% of the national production, UPMC is a major player in the international knowledge and innovation economy, as shown by its many international awards. The University has more than 3,750 professor-researchers in 100 laboratories in partnership with four French national research organizations: the CNRS (science), Inserm (health and medical), the IRD (development) and Inria (computing and automation). UPMC files more than 20 patents each year and has cooperation agreements with prestigious universities worldwide. Its partnerships with major French and international research organizations and participation in various international networks are testament to the University’s international involvement.


The largest scientific and medical education center in France, UPMC offers its 34,000 students (of which 6,900 are foreign) a demanding and diverse curriculum organized into 10 bachelor programs, 10 master degrees and 16 doctoral schools and France’s largest library center. UPMC promotes study abroad programs as a valuable educational and cultural asset through its four international bachelor’s, 16 international master’s and four international doctorates in partnership with universities worldwide.


UPMC, a founding member of Sorbonne University. This re-establishment of the historic Sorbonne University is a comprehensive group of establishments—all top in their fields—offering students an expanded choice of major-minor courses and degrees designed for emerging professions. As part of the Sorbonne University group, UPMC research spans not only the sciences and medicine, but also technology, economics, humanities and the arts. Its research at the intersection of numerous domains and transversal themes is supported by cluster hiring. Sorbonne University was also selected as an “Excellence Initiative” by the French government, and includes four national research organizations as members: the CNRS (scientific), Inserm (health and medical) and the IRD (research and development) and Inria (computing and automation) as full members.

Go to Professor-Researcher Recruitment for 2015 17.01.2015 - 31.08.2015

Professor-Researcher Recruitment for 2015

Pierre and Marie Curie University is recruiting qualified associate professors and full professors, all full-time university positions that start on 1 September, 2015.

Click here for more information on UPMC.

For more information on the positions available, please click on the pages below:

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Go to Shanghai 2014 28.08.2014

Shanghai 2014

A good year for UPMC!

The University reaffirms its ranking as the top French University


The 2014 edition of the Shanghai ranking was published as every year on 15 August. UPMC has confirmed its position as the top French research university, the 6th European, an it has increased slightly in the world standings, ...

Go to The 2013 Doctors Honoris Causa 12.12.2013

The 2013 Doctors Honoris Causa

This year, UPMC has chosen ten exceptional individuals to receive their honorary doctorate: The Doctor Honoris Causa (DHC). This title is the highest distinction from a French university. UPMC awards the DHC to individuals who have contributed to the advancement of our society.

The awardees for 2013 ...


Shanghaï 2013

UPMC is ranked 1st in France, 6th European and 37th in the world ranking of 500 universities worldwide.


Results by discipline:

In Math, UPMC is ranked 1st in France, 2nd European and 5th in the world.

In Engineering and Computer Science, UPMC is ranked 5th in France, 46th European and between 15 ...

Go to The top 10 universities in the world under 50 years old: UPMC in 9th place 25.06.2013

The top 10 universities in the world under 50 years old: UPMC in 9th place

The Times Higher Education magazine has just published its 2013 global ranking of universities that are less than 50 years old. Pierre and Marie Curie University is ranked ninth among the 10 best universities in the world. A total of seven French institutions are in the standings, which were compiled according ...


Shanghaï 2012

UPMC is ranked 2nd in France, 8th European and 42th in the world ranking of 500 universities worldwide.

Results by discipline:

In Math, UPMC is ranked 2nd in France, 4th in European and 8th in the world.

In Engineering and Computer Science, UPMC is ranked the top French university, 9th European ...

Go to Jean Chambaz, president of UPMC 12.03.2012

Jean Chambaz, president of UPMC

Jean Chambaz, 59, professor of cell biology, hospital practitioner, was elected president of Pierre and Marie Curie University by the board of UPMC in March 2012. He succeeds Maurice Renard, head of the University since September 1, 2011.


Previously holding the offices of VP for Research and the VP for Ways and Means, ...

Go to Sorbonne University: winner of the second wave of the IDEX 03.02.2012

Sorbonne University: winner of the second wave of the IDEX

Friday February the 3rd, Prime Minister François Fillon announced the results of the second wave of the Idex (Initiative for Excellence).

Sorbonne University (which brings together the universities of Panthéon-Assas, Paris-Sorbonne, Pierre and Marie Curie; the Technological University of Compiègne; the Musèum national d'Histoire naturelle; ...