Paris Diderot University

Paris Diderot University, also known as Paris 7 (French: Université Paris Diderot (Paris 7)), was a French university[1] located in Paris, France. It was one of the seven universities of the Paris public higher education academy. The university was a member of the Sorbonne Paris University Group since March 31st, 2010. It merged with the Paris Descartes University in 2019, gaining its new appellation, the University of Paris.

University of Paris 7
Université Paris 7
Active1971, following the division of the University of Paris (c. 1150–1970)–2019, following its fusion into the new University of Paris (2019)
ChancellorMaurice Quénet
Chancellor of the Universities of Paris
PresidentChristine Clerici

48°49′47″N 2°22′51″E
AffiliationsUniversity of Paris

It was one of the heirs of the old University of Paris, which ceased to exist in 1970. Professors from the faculties of Science, of Medicine and of Humanities chose then to create a new multidisciplinary university. It adopted its current name in 1994 after the 18th-century French philosopher, art critic and writer Denis Diderot.

With two Nobel Prize laureates, two Fields Medal winners and two former French Ministers of Education among its faculty or former faculty, the university is famous for its teaching in science, especially in mathematics.[2] Indeed, many fundamental results of the theory of probability[3] have been discovered at one of its research centres, the Laboratoire de Probabilités et Modèles Aléatoires (Laboratory of Probability and Random Models). The university is also known for its teaching in psychology, which adopts a specific approach that draws from both psychopathology and psychoanalysis.

The university also hosts many other disciplines: currently, with 2,300 educators and researchers, 1,100 administrative personnel and 26,000 students studying humanities, science or medicine.[4]

Paris Diderot University is a founding member of the higher education and research alliance Sorbonne Paris Cité, a public institution for scientific co-operation, bringing together four renowned Parisian universities and four higher education and research institutes.[5]

Formerly based at the Jussieu Campus, in the 5th arrondissement, the university moved to a new campus in the 13th arrondissement, in the Paris Rive Gauche neighbourhood. The first buildings were brought into use in 2006. The university has many facilities in Paris and two in other places of the general area. In 2012, the university completed its move in its new ultramodern campus.

List of facilities in Paris

There are:[6]

UFR (Unité de Formation et de Recherche)

Paris Diderot University offers courses in many fields, each taught in a different sections of the university called UFR - Unité de Formation et de Recherche (Unity of Teaching and Research).[7]

  • UFR of Life Sciences
  • UFR of Chemistry
  • UFR of Computer Sciences
  • UFR of Mathematics
  • UFR of Physics
  • UFR of Science of the Earth, Environment and Planets
  • UFR of English studies
  • UFR of Cross-cultural and Applied Languages studies
  • UFR of Geography, History and Social sciences
  • UFR of Languages and Cultures in East Asia studies (Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese)
  • UFR of Letters, Art and Cinema
  • UFR of Linguistics
  • UFR of Psychoanalytical Studies (formerly Human clinical sciences)
  • UFR of Social Sciences
  • UFR of Medicine
  • UFR of Odontology

Academic degrees

There are:

Teachers and former teachers


  1. The URAP 2010 ranking gave a A+ to Paris Diderot University for its academics performances
  2. The university is ranked 47th in the world in mathematics by the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2010.
  3. Brief history of the Laboratory of Probabilites and Random Models
  4. University education in Paris Diderot figures
  5. Presentation of the Sorbonne Paris Cité alliance
  6. Detail of all facilities
  7. List of the Fields and departments
  8. Jaak Aaviksoo's CV
  9. Claude Allègre's resume Archived 2008-12-05 at the Wayback Machine(in French)
  10. Jean-Luc Bennahmia's resume(in French)
  11. Agence universitaire de la Francophonie(in French)
  12. International Federation of Film Critics Archived 2010-11-22 at the Wayback Machine
  13. Vincent Courtillot CV Archived 2010-11-17 at the Wayback Machine(in French)
  14. Nobel Prize in Medicine 1980
  15. Luc Ferry's CV(in French)
  16. Julia Kristeva CV(in French)
  17. Élisabeth Roudinesco's CV
  18. Jean-Michel Savéant CV Archived 2010-06-26 at the Wayback Machine(in French)
  19. Press release Archived 2010-02-18 at the Wayback Machine of the University Paris-Diderot (in French)
  20. Article in French newspaper Le Monde by University president (in French)
  21. Nobel Prize in Physics 2006
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