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  • 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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Jean Chambaz, president of Pierre and Marie Curie University

Jean Chambaz has been president of Pierre and Marie Curie University since March 2012, and was elected to his second term in March 2016. Previously, he held the offices of Vice President for Ways and Means and Vice President for Research.

Jean Chambaz is a Professor of Cell Biology at the Pierre and Marie Curie Faculty of Medicine and former Head of the Endocrine Biochemistry department at the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris. In 1999, he created a joint INSERM-UPMC research unit in the field of metabolism and intestinal differentiation. In 2007, this unit merged with the Cordeliers Research Center, of which he became deputy director.

After heading the Physiology and Pathophysiology Doctoral School (ED 394) from 2001 to 2005, he founded the Doctoral Education Institute at UPMC. He directed the Institute, the first of its kind in France, until 2008.

His involvement in structuring European research and the debate on new doctoral missions led to his becoming the first president of the Council for Doctoral Education at the European University Association (EUA) from 2008 to 2011. Since 2014, he has been the president of Coordination of French Research-Intensive Universities (CURIF). In 2015, he was also elected to the board of the EUA.