University of Poitiers

The University of Poitiers (UP; French: Université de Poitiers) is a public university located in Poitiers, France. It is a member of the Coimbra Group. It is multidisciplinary and contributes to making Poitiers the city with the highest student/inhabitant ratio in France by welcoming nearly 28,000 students in 2017.

University of Poitiers
Université de Poitiers
Latin: Universitas Pictavium
MottoDes savoirs & des talents
Knowledges and talents
Established1431; 592 years ago (1431)
Budget272 680 000 Euro (2016)
PresidentYves Jean
Administrative staff
Students25,078 (2016)
CampusUniversity town
Colors  Red
AffiliationsCoimbra Group, IRUN

The University of Poitiers represents a global operating budget of around 150 million euros per year, one-third of which is for operating and investment costs and two-thirds for personnel costs. As of July 2015 it is a member of the regional university association Leonardo da Vinci consolidated University.[1]

History edit

Founded in 1431 by Pope Eugene IV and chartered by King Charles VII, the University of Poitiers was originally composed of five faculties: theology, canon law, civil law, medicine, and arts.

In the 16th century, the university exerted its influence over the town cultural life, and was ranked second only to Paris. Of the 4,000 students who attended it at the time, some were to become famous: Joachim Du Bellay, Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac, François Rabelais, René Descartes, and Scévole de Sainte-Marthe, to name but a few.

After temporary closure during the French Revolution when provincial universities were abolished, the University of Poitiers reopened in 1796. The reinstated university was merged from several schools and contained new faculties such as the faculty of science and the faculty of letters.

They established the École nationale supérieure d'ingénieurs de Poitiers, a department which trains engineers, in 1984 after having created the Institut de sciences et techniques de Poitiers, its predecessor.

The first Confucius Institute in France was created on the campus in 2005 with the cooperation of Nanchang University and Jiujiang University.[2]

After having managed its payroll and budget since January 1, 2010, the University of Poitiers is the third university in France to have its premises.

In late 2011 the university changed its logo.[3] They submitted four so that students and the staff were able to decide. The up-to-date logo is based on the original coat of arms while the former was something modern. Over 9,000 people participated in the selection of the new logo.[citation needed]

In 2012, the university launched a blogging platform where the teaching staff and researchers deal with topical subjects, each in their area of expertise.[4] The slogan is the word of experts.

Organization edit

The headquarters of the university of Poitiers in the city center

The university covers all major academic fields through its 14 teaching and research departments, institutes and schools:

  • Teaching and Research Departments
    • Department of Law and Social Sciences
    • Department of Economics
    • Department of Basic and Applied Science
    • Department of Literature and Languages
    • Department of Human Sciences and Arts
    • Department of Sports Sciences
    • Department of Medicine and Pharmacy
  • School
  • Institutes
    • Polytechnic of Poitiers (IUT)
    • Polytechnic of Angoulême (IUT)
    • IAE University Business School (IAE Poitiers)
    • Institute of Communication and New Technologies (ICOMTEC)
    • General Administration Preparatory Institute (IPAG)
    • Institute of Industrial, Insurance and Financial Risks (IRIAF)

Research edit

In the scientific domain, it has these laboratories, where ENSIP is part of:

In the legal domain, the Center for Studies on International Legal Cooperation (CECOJI) is a joint research unit (UMR) involving the University of Poitiers and the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).

Life on campus edit

The building of ENSI Poitiers in the center of the campus, at the East of Poitiers

Students can play in athletic teams, or just enjoy all the sports proposed. It is also possible to play golf at the north of the campus of Poitiers and sail in La Rochelle.[5]

The Bitards are also known as the university's most famous student association.

Notable people edit

Points of interest edit

See also edit

Notes and references edit

  1. ^ "Decree 2015-857 of 13 July 2015 on the statutes for the ComUE " Université confédérale Léonard de Vinci "". Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  2. ^ Le premier Institut Confucius en France est créé à l'Université de Poitiers Archived 6 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine, AUF, 18 October 2005
  3. ^ Nouveau logo de l'Université de Poitiers, Ecole eco services, 17 November 2011
  4. ^ "7 à Poitiers, numéro 147 du 21 au 27 novembre 2012, Blogs à part, Arnault Varanne" (PDF).
  5. ^ Centre golfique des Chalons, University of Poitiers

External links edit

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