University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne

The University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (French: Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne; URCA), also known informally as the University of Reims, is a public university located in the Ardennes, Aube, Haute-Marne, and Marne departments of northeastern France.[6]

University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne
Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne
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Established1548-1793 (first incarnation): Université de Reims

1971 (reestablished)

1982 (renamed): Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne[1]
PresidentGuillaume Gelle
Academic staff
2,468 including 1,411 professors, 1,057 personnel[2]
Location, ,
CampusSmall town (Charleville-Mézières, Chaumont), Suburban (Reims), Urban (Châlons-en-Champagne)
AffiliationsAUF,[4] EUA[5]
WebsiteOfficial Site

The first incarnation of the university was established in 1548, but closed in 1793. The university was reestablished 2 centuries later, in 1971.[7]

URCA's teaching and research occurs on several campuses located in the cities of Châlons-en-Champagne, Charleville-Mézières, Chaumont, and Reims, all located in France's former Champagne-Ardenne region, which is the university's namesake.[8]


First universityEdit

The University of Reims was created in 1548,[9] after the Cardinal of Lorraine met with Pope Paul III. The 'Collège des Bons-Enfants' Catholic school thus became a university, teaching the arts, theology, law and medicine. The university was closed in 1793 during the French Revolution, and reemerged in the 1960s.

Modern universityEdit

The Faculty of Science (1961), the Literary University College (1964), the University College of Law and Economics (1966), Reims University Technology Institute (1966), the Faculties of Medicine and Pharmacy (1967), the National School of Dental Surgery (1970) are the instutions from which the University of Reims was formed in 1971. The creation of an IUT in Troyes (1973), an Institute of Higher Technical Education (1985) and an IUT department (1995) in Charleville-Mezieres, the development of a delocalized office of the Faculties of Law, Economics and Humanities of Reims (1991) and the opening of an IUT department in Châlons-en-Champagne (1993) all became part of the university and in 1982, it was renamed the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne.

List of PresidentsEdit

  • Michel Devèze (historian), 1971-1976
  • Jean Le Men (pharmacist), 1976-1977
  • Lucien Bernard (physicist), 1977-1982
  • André Laberrigue (physicist), 1982-1987
  • Jean Raymond (anglicist), 1987-1992
  • Claude Severin (physician and dentist), 1992-1997
  • Jacques Meyer (mathematician), 1997-2002
  • Mary Gerard (physicist), 2002-2007
  • Richard Vistelle (chemist), 2007-2012
  • Gilles Baillat (director of the IUFMs), 2012-2016
  • Guillaume Gelle, 2016-present


Unit training and researchEdit

The University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne has 8 UFR:

  • Law and Political Science
  • Letters and Human Sciences
  • Economics and Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Sciences and Techniques of Physical and Sports Activities
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy

Schools and institutesEdit

  • 2 IUT (the IUT of Reims-Châlons-Charleville and the IUT of Troyes)
  • ESIEC now named ESIReims
  • Institute for Higher Technical Training ( IFTS )
  • University Institute of Teacher Training (IUFMs)
  • School of Midwifery
  • University Center
  • Institute of Preparation for General Administration


The university has two doctoral schools: Humanities & Social Sciences, and Technology & Health Sciences.

Teaching and researchEdit


The five major areas of training at the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne are:

  • Arts, Humanities, Languages
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Law, economics, management
  • Science, Technology, Health
  • Science and technology of physical and sporting activities


Research at the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne is structured around five departments:

The Life Sciences & Health department whose laboratories are:

  • IFR 53 - Research Institute Federations interactions Cells Micro-Environment. IFR 53
  • Epidemiological surveillance of vector-borne and parasitic diseases JE 2533
  • Extracellular matrix and cell dynamics (MEDyC) UMR 6237
  • Plasticity of the respiratory epithelium in normal and pathological processes Inserm 903 UMRS
  • Interfaces Biomaterials - Tissue Houses (IBTH) INSERM UMR-S 926
  • Cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in the pre-and postconditioning myocardial EA 3801
  • Cell Interactions-Parasites: Biodiversity, Pathogenesis, Resistance (ICP) EA 3800
  • Health, Aging, Quality of Life and Rehabilitation Topics Fragile EA 3797
  • Cellular patho-physiology and Human immune dysfunction. Therapeutic Approach EA 3798
  • Inflammation and immunity of the respiratory epithelium EA 4303

The Mathematics, ICT & Nanotechnologies department, whose laboratories are:

  • Research Center for Science and Information Technology and Communication
  • Mathematics Laboratory Reims EA 4535
  • Microscopy and Laboratory Study of Nanostructures (lmen) EA 3799

The Agro-Sciences & Sciences of the Universe and Environment department, whose laboratories are:

  • Study Group on Geomaterials and Natural Environments, Anthropogenic (GEGENAA) EA 3795
  • Group of Molecular Spectrometry and Atmospheric (GSMA) CNRS UMR 6089
  • Fractionation of Agricultural Resources and Environment (FARE) UMR INRA 614-A
  • Research Unit of the Vine and Wine Champagne - Stress and Environment EA 2069

The Chemistry & Engineering Sciences department, whose laboratories are:

  • Institute of Molecular Chemistry of Reims (ICMR - CNRS-UMR 6229)
  • Laboratory Analysis of Mechanical Constraints - Dynamic interfaces transfers to CEA-3304-EA
  • Research Group in Engineering Sciences (GRESPI - EA 4301)

The Humanities and Society Sciences department, whose laboratories are:

  • CEJESCO Centre for Legal Research on the effectiveness of continental systems - I 1978
  • CERHIC: Centre for Studies and Research in Cultural History - EA 2616
  • CIRLEP: Interdisciplinary Center for Research on Language and Thought - EA 4299
  • CLEA: Cognition, Language, Emotions, Acquisitions - I 2526
  • RTDC: Centre for Research on Territorial Decentralization - EA 3312
  • CRIMEL: Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Aesthetic and Literary Models - EA 3311
  • LIVE: Development and Political Geography - EA 2076
  • Laboratory of Applied Psychology - EA 4298
  • Lerp: Laboratory for study and research on the professionalization - EA 3313
  • MICIG: Contemporary Institutions Governance International Movements - I 2429
  • IMO commercial organizations and institutions - EA 2065

Notable facultyEdit

  • Alain Bui, president of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines University

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Histoire de l'Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne".
  2. ^ "Chiffres de l'année 2020/2021".
  3. ^ "Chiffres de l'année 2020/2021".
  4. ^ "Nos membres".
  5. ^ "Member directory".
  6. ^ "Nos campus".
  7. ^ "Histoire de l'Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne".
  8. ^ "Nos campus".
  9. ^ Mark W. Konnert, Local Politics in the French Wars of Religion, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2006, p. 52.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 49°15′07″N 4°02′15″E / 49.25194°N 4.03750°E / 49.25194; 4.03750