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Denis Poulain

Director of the CFA universitaire Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC Apprenticeship Teaching Centre)

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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


Founded in 1991, CFA UPMC is the fruit of the first partnership between a university and a chamber of commerce and industry, aimed at developing traineeship within the framework of higher education:

  • University Pierre et Marie Curie, premier science university in France
  • The chamber of commerce and industry of Versailles Val d'Oise/Yvelines, a leader in training and apprenticeship.

Partnered with over 300 companies, CFA UPMC offers 12 paid university courses in emerging sectors aimed at students with 2 to 5 years post-secondary education.


Electronics-Computer science:

DEUST (scientific and technical university studies diploma) in computer science (1 year) preparatory cycle for a vocational bachelor's.
Vocational bachelor's degrees (1 year)
Optical and Visualisation Instrumentation (IOVIS)
Computer Systems and Software Applications (SIL)
Master in Industrial Engineering (IMI) course M1/M2 over 1 or 2 years
Polytech'Paris-UPMC Engineering (5 years)
Advanced Technician Preparatory Cycle: DEUST (scientific and technical university studies diploma) in electronics (2 years)
Polytech'Paris - UPMC Engineering Cycle (3 years)

Biology - Health - Environment - Quality

DEUST (scientific and technical university studies diploma) in Biology - Health - Environment (1 year) preparatory cycle for vocational bachelors'. 

Vocational bachelor's (1 year)

Water Resource Quality

Management of Quality and Risks in Bio-Industries (LIQUAL)

Hygiene in Health Professions

Masters in Quality, Environment and Health Security (QUESS) courses M1/M2 for 1 or 2 years

Marketing sales for high technologies (1 year)

Master's in Science and Management, Marketing/Sales (co-validated by Paris Dauphine)