University of Lille

The University of Lille (French: Université de Lille, abbreviated as ULille, UDL or univ-lille) is a French pluridisciplinary public university located in and around Lille, Hauts-de-France (Métropole européenne de Lille). It has its origins in the University of Douai (1559), and resulted from the merger[1] in 2018 of the three universities Lille 1 University of Science and Technology, Lille 2 University of Health and Law, and Lille 3 Charles de Gaulle University of humanities, social sciences, literature and arts. With more than 67,000 students,[2] it is the largest French university and one of the largest French-speaking universities in the world.

University of Lille
Université de Lille
Latin: Universitas Insulensis
MottoUniversitas Insulensis Olim Duacensis (Latin)
TypePublic university
Established1559, 1896, 2018
Academic affiliation
Community of Universities and Institutions (COMUE) Lille Nord de France
Endowment€600 Million per year
PresidentJean-Christophe Camart
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Research labs66
Utrecht Network

The University is the main component of the Community of Universities and Institutions (COMUE) Lille Nord de France and the associated European Doctoral College, which federates universities and other higher learning institutes in the Hauts-de-France region.

With 66 research labs, 350 PhD theses supported per year and 3,000 scientific publications each year, it is well represented in the research community; it collaborates with many organizations (Pasteur Institute of Lille, CHU Lille University Hospital, CNRS, INSERM, INRA, INRIA etc.) and schools (École Centrale de Lille, École des Mines-Télécom de Lille-Douai (IMT Lille Douai), Sciences Po Lille etc.).

It is labeled I-Site (Initiatives for Science-Innovation-Territories-Economy) in 2017 by the French government. It benefits from an allocation of 500 million euros for its project « Université Lille Nord-Europe (ULNE) » which aims to classify it in the top 50 universities of Europe.

Schools and divisions

The University of Lille has 24 Schools and Divisions, which are spread into six major domains: [3]

The University of Lille officially has 5 university campuses, located in different cities of the Métropole européenne de Lille.

Campus Cité Scientifique

It is the university campus dedicated to Science and Technology and located in the Villeneuve-d'Ascq technopole. The campus has 150 hectares and a hundred buildings, and the vast majority of places is occupied by the Departments of the Faculty of Science and Technology (Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science, Electronics/Electrical Engineering/Automation (EEA), Mechanics, Earth Science). There are also several engineering schools (Ecole Centrale de Lille, École nationale supérieure de chimie de Lille, École des Mines-Télécom de Lille-Douai (IMT Lille Douai) etc.) and many research laboratories (CNRS, INSERM, INRIA etc.). The buildings are spread around the "LILLIAD Learning Center Innovation"[4] (the ultra modern scientific library of the University of Lille with exhibition spaces and conference rooms); and the campus is attached to the European Science Park of "Haute-Borne"[5].

  • Faculty of Science and Technology
  • Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences
  • UFR of Geography
  • Polytech Lille (engineering school)
  • Institute of Technology A (IUT A)
  • Department of Education Sciences (SEFA)

Campus Santé

It is the campus dedicated to Health and located between the cities of Lille (South) and Loos; it is the largest university hospital complex in Europe spread over nearly 350 hectares. The Faculties, Institutes and Departments of the university share the premises with the CHU Lille University Hospital and also with the companies and laboratories of "Eurasanté"[6].

  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Pharmacy
  • Faculty of Dental Surgery
  • Faculty of Engineering and Health Management (ILIS)

Campus Pont de Bois

It is the campus dedicated to Humanities, Social Sciences, Arts, Literature and Languages. It is located in Villeneuve-d'Ascq.

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Historical, Artistic and Political Sciences (SHAP)
  • Faculty of Foreign Languages, Literatures and Civilizations (LLCE)
  • UFR of Mathematics, Computer Science, Management and Economics (MIME)
  • UFR of Psychology
  • UFR of Social development, Education, Culture, Communication, Information, Documentation (DECCID)
  • Institute for Musicians Intervening in Schools (CFMI)

Campus Moulins - Ronchin

This campus is spread between the district of Moulins in Lille and the neighboring commune of Ronchin. It is dedicated to Law, Management, and Sports.

  • Faculty of Sport Sciences and Physical Education (STAPS)
  • Faculty of Finance, Banking, Accounting (FFBC)
  • Faculty of Law; Political and Social Sciences

Campus Roubaix - Tourcoing

This campus includes several educational sites spread over the close communes of Roubaix and Tourcoing, municipalities of the European Metropolis of Lille.

  • Institute of Marketing and Distribution Management (IMMD)
  • UFR of Applied Foreign Languages (LEA)
  • Institute of Technology B (IUT B - Tourcoing)
  • Institute of Technology C (IUT C - Roubaix)

Other sites

The University's headquarters are located in the Lille-Center district, 42 rue Paul Duez.


The University of Lille is a member of the CURIF: Coordination of French research-intensive universities. CURIF brings together the most important French universities in terms of research[7].

Notable faculty and alumni

Several former professor or researchers from the University of Lille obtained the CNRS gold medal, the highest scientific distinction in France: Émile Borel (1954), Raoul Blanchard (1960), Paul Pascal (1966), Georges Chaudron (1969), Henri Cartan (1976), Jacques Le Goff (1991), Pierre Bourdieu (1993).

René Cassin won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1968.

Louis Pasteur was the first dean of the science faculty.

Faustin-Archange Touadéra, who holds two doctorates in mathematics from the University of Lille and the Yaoundé University, was rector of University of Bangui from 2005 to 2008, then Prime Minister from 2008 to 2013, before being elected President of the Central African Republic in February 2016.

Notable faculty, staff and alumni in alphabetical order:

See also


  1. "Les trois universités lilloises fusionnent". Le (in French). Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  2. France, Université de Lille. "Découvrir l'Université de Lille". (in French). Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  3. "Une organisation démocratique". Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  4. "LILLIAD Learning Center Innovation". Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  5. "Parc Scientifique Européen de la Haute-Borne". Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  6. "Eurasanté". Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  7. "CURIF". Retrieved 2019-03-18.
  8. (in French)«Le boycott»: «Une décision individuelle, relayée par les médias»
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