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UPMC Facts and Figures

  • 31,000 students of which 20 percent are international
  • 3,000 doctoral candidates
  • 9,600 in staff, of which 3,750 are professor-researchers
  • 100 research laboratories
  • 8 main teaching hospitals
  • 8,500 publications per year (approx. 11% of the publication in France)
  • Ranked the top university in France and 6th in Europe by both Shanghai and Taiwan.
  • 4th in the world for mathematics
  • Member of three of the five the European innovation networks, in: Climate, ICT, and Health


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From the Faculty of Science to UPMC


University Pierre et Marie Curie has come to embody French excellence in science and medicine.

The Shanghai 2017 University list ranks UPMC the top university in France, 9th in Europe, 40th in the world, and third in the world for mathematics. UPMC carries out high-level research, as attested by the numerous international prizes and awards it has received and its collaborations with more than a hundred overseas universities. The University is made up of seven UFR (Research and Education Units) in Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, Medicine, Physics, Life Science, plus Earth and Environmental Sciences and Biodiversity. It also incorporates the Ecole polytechnique universitaire, the Paris Astrophysics Institute, the Henri Poincaré Institute and three marine stations at Roscoff, Banyuls-sur-Mer and Villefranche-sur-Mer.

Its laboratories have formed associations with major research bodies and such renowned partners as the CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research), INSERM (French National Institute for Health and Medical Research), INRA (French National Institute for Agricultural Research), IRD (French Research Institute for Development), IFREMER (French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea), CEA (Nuclear Energy Research Centre) and the CNES (French Space Agency).

Built during the fifties and sixties, on the former site of the Halle aux Vins market, the Jussieu campus was designed to symbolise, in the words of the Dean, Marc Zamanski, "the embodiment of scientific thought in the very heart of Paris", the Science Faculty, with its position right in the centre of the Latin Quarter, thus ensuring, "the intellectual and spiritual continuity of the long university heritage of Paris".

From 1968, the rapid growth of the Paris Faculty of Sciences led to the creation of several universities. Founded in 1971, Paris 6, its principal heir, shared the Jussieu campus with Paris 7 University and the Institute of Physics of the Earth until 2006, when the Paris 7 Universitiy moved to a new campus.

In 1974, the Paris 6 University took on a prestigious legacy, changing its official name to "University Pierre et Marie Curie", to reflect its ongoing endeavours to perpetuate the scientific heritage of these illustrious predecessors.

Currently the largest scientific and medical complex in France, UPMC is involved in every research domain and has an academic reputation of the very highest order, as attested by the numerous awards and prizes that its researchers regularly receive and the many international collaborations it has formed in countries across the five continents.