Paris 13 University

Paris 13 University
Université Paris-XIII
Type Public university
Established 1970, following the division of the University of Paris (1253)
Endowment 62,708,000
President Jean-Pierre Astruc
Academic staff
Students 23,078
Undergraduates 14,953
Postgraduates 7,523
Location Villetaneuse, Saint-Denis, and Bobigny, Île-de-France,
Campus multiple campuses
Affiliations Sorbonne Paris Cite

University of Paris 13 (French: Université Paris XIII or simply Paris XIII) is one of the thirteen universities in Paris which replaced the University of Paris in 1970. It is also identified as University of Paris North (Université Paris Nord).



The University Paris-13 was created after the desire of the Rector of the Academy of Paris in the early 1960s, of opening a third faculty of science at Villetaneuse. In September 1969 was also created at Saint-Denis, a science-based university center with status of faculty, in the University of Paris, called University Centre Saint-Denis - Villetaneuse. In 1970, with the application of Law Faure reform, was decided to create 13 autonomous multidisciplinary universities, which replaced the faculties of the University of Paris, and the faculty of Villetaneuse became the University of Paris XIII. The new university was designed by the architects Fainsilber and Anspach, as part of the renovation of the town of Villetaneuse. The first stage was the construction of the literary and legal center, expected to receive approximately 5000 students. The first building, completed in October 1970, allowed the first 1500 students in December 1500, of first-year of law, economics and humanities. In 1972, the University of Paris XIII completed the building of two libraries, the Library of the University Centre of Saint-Denis and the Library of Villetaneuse university center.

Following the dismantling of the University of Paris, the chancellor of universities of Paris owns the buildings and land of the establishment. The Chancery of Creteil universities provides budgetary control and the University of legality.


In decree No. 70-1174 of 17 December 1970, on public scientific and cultural character of universities gave the university the name of Paris-XIII. Since its establishment, the university has steadily provided informal name "University of Paris-13 North" or "University Paris-Nord".

On 16 May 2014, the Board of Directors approves new statuts7 in compliance with the law LRU and decided to rename the university: University Paris-13 (Université Paris 13 in the statutes).


Mandat Nom Corps Discipline
1970-1973 Jean-René Saurel University professor Physics
1973-1977 Marcel Jozefowicz University professor Physics
1977-1982 Maurice Nisard University professor Law
1982-1987 Pierre Jaisson University professor Ethology
1987-1992 Pierre Cornillot PU-PH Clinical pathology
1992-1997 Jean-François Mela University professor Mathematics
1997-2002 Michel Pouchain University professor Economy
2002-2008 Alain Neuman PU-PH Medical imaging
2008-2016 Jean-Loup Salzmann PU-PH Histology
2016- Jean-Pierre Astruc[1] University professor Mathematics


The university premises are spread over five campuses:[2]


The Villetaneuse campus is the main and historic campus of the university. It has the larger number of students and research units. This campus holds also the presidential buildings and central services of the university. On the side of the search, besides the Office of Research and Doctoral Studies, the campus is home to the administrative services of graduate schools Erasmus and Galilee, and also of the research units. The campus made significant investments since 2010 to improve the transport connections, by building a new station known as Gare de Villetaneuse-Université. A new library was opened on the campus in spring 2016.[3] The IUT homes a cleanroom dedicated to nanotechnology research.[4]


The Bobigny campus is dedicated to medicine, health and human biology, and has the UFR SMBH and the IUT of Bobigny. The campus is side of the Avicenna hospital with which the university is in agreement to form the Avicenna University Hospital, main training center in medicine department of Seine-Saint-Denis. The campus also host several research units related to medicine (mostly joint research units with the INSERM) and the UFR SMBH but also some units or humanities teams whose research theme is related to medicine (LEPS for therapeutic patient education, or UTRPP for psychopathology). This is the second university campus.


The campus at Saint-Denis houses the Technology university institute (Institut universitaire de technologie or IUT in french).

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Coordinates: 48°57′22″N 2°20′31″E / 48.956214°N 2.341933°E / 48.956214; 2.341933

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