University of Côte d'Azur

University Côte d'Azur is a public scientific, cultural and professional experimental establishment created by decree 2019-785 of 25 July 2019, by the merger of the University of Nice Sophia Antipolis, with the Côte d'Azur University, which had been part of the ComUE system.[1]

University Côte d'Azur provides all of the activities of the universities of Nice and the community of universities and establishments of the Côte d'Azur University.[clarify] It shares and coordinates certain skills with the Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, Villa Arson, the International Center for Music Research, the Training Institute in Masso-Kinesitherapy and the Regional School of Actors in Cannes and Marseille, under the conditions provided for by its statutes.[clarify] It replaces the ComUE (community of universities and establishments) created on 1 March 2015 and of which Jean-Marc Gambaudo assumed the Presidency. On 9 January 2020, Jeanick Brisswalter was elected President of Université Côte d'Azur.

It has nearly 30,000 students in initial and continuing education, including 20% foreign students, and eight University and Research Schools (EUR). Its university campuses are located in several cities of the Côte d'Azur (Nice, Cannes, Grasse, Menton) as well as on the Sophia Antipolis technology park. It is part of the academic region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur which includes the academies of Aix-Marseille and Nice.

Under the chairmanship of Frédérique Vidal, the university was adwarded IDEX for its project called “UCA Jedi” supported by numerous companies. The "University Côte d'Azur Foundation” was created in 2017 to collect donations to finance research projects.


On the date of its creation, the component establishments of University Côte d´Azur which retain their legal personality were:

  • Côte d'Azur Observatory (OCA), a national public higher education and research institution of an administrative nature (EPA)
  • Villa Arson public administrative establishment under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture
  • International Center for Music Research (CIRM)
  • Nice Massage Physiotherapy Training Institute (IFMKN)
  • Regional School of Actors of Cannes and Marseille (ERACM)

National research organizations contribute to the construction of the University of Côte d'Azur strategy, with which they interact in particular in the fields of research, training, innovation, international and territorial relations. These research organizations are:

  • National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)
  • National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (INRIA)
  • National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (INRAE)
  • National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM)
  • Development Research Institute (IRD)

Associated establishments of University Côte d'Azur are:

  • SKEMA Business School
  • EDHEC Business School
  • University hospital center of Nice (CHU)
  • Higher school of audiovisual production
  • Sustainable Design School
  • the Rosella Hightower Cannes dance school;
  • the Nice Regional Conservatory.


  1. ^ "Décret n° 2019-785 du 25 juillet 2019 portant création d'Université Côte d'Azur et approbation de ses statuts". Legifrance. Retrieved 18 April 2020.

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