University of Toulouse

Coordinates: 43°36′16″N 1°26′38″E / 43.60444°N 1.44389°E / 43.60444; 1.44389

Université de Toulouse
Université de Toulouse
Latin: Universitas Tolosatibus
Established 1229
President Marie-France Barthet
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students 100,674
Location Toulouse, France

The University of Toulouse (French: Université de Toulouse) was one of the earliest universities established in Europe in 1229, and there have been a number of successor universities to that earlier university holding the same name. This article describes the historic institutions that have been called the "Université de Toulouse".

The current consortium of French universities, grandes écoles and other institutions of higher education and research in Toulouse and the surrounding region is known as Université fédérale de Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées.


The formation of l'Université de Toulouse was imposed on Count Raymond VII as a part of the Treaty of Paris in 1229 ending the crusade against the Albigensians. As he was suspected of sympathizing with the heretics, Raymond VII had to finance the teaching of theology. Bishop Foulques de Toulouse was among the founders of the University. Among its first lecturers were Jean de Garlande and Roland of Cremona. Other faculties (law, medicine) were added later. Initially, the University was located in the center of the city, together with the ancestors of student residences, the colleges.

In 1969, l'Université de Toulouse split into three separate universities and numerous specialised institutions of higher education. The present-day Université de Toulouse was founded on 27 March 2007.[2] It no longer represents a physical place where students can attend classes but it is now the entity which federates the universities and specialised institutions of higher education. With more than 100,000 students, Midi-Pyrénées is the fifth-largest university area in France.[3]

Members and fields of study

Université Toulouse 1 Capitole

It is a Research and Higher Education Cluster consisting of:

Doctoral schools

The Doctoral Schools are all members of the Research and Doctoral Department of the Université de Toulouse : 15 Doctoral Schools representing a research potential of 4200 Scientists including 2400 Senior Scientists; 4200 PhD students and 800 Doctorate diplomas awarded per year.

In the field of experimental sciences and science and technology

In the field of Human Sciences and Social Sciences and Humanities

Present and past faculty include

Famous alumni and former students


See also

Notes and references

  1. Figures for 2011 See also the Key statistics for "Université de Toulouse" on the official University website
  2. "Décret n° 2007-385 du 21 mars 2007 portant création de l'établissement public de coopération scientifique Université de Toulouse - Legifrance". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  3. [pdf] Regional atlas student population in 2008-2009
  4. Although listed as a university by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse and the two other instituts nationaux polytechniques are really university systems, as each one groups together a number of autonomous institutes of higher education. Because it consists exclusively of grandes écoles, which have selective admissions policies, the National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse is qualitatively different from the French public universities.
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  12. Mechanics, Energetics, Civil & Process Engineering Doctoral School official website
  13. "ED 467 Ecole doctorale Aeronautique Astronautique - Toulouse". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  14. Katia Dago. "UT2J - Ecole Doctorale CLESCO (Comportement, Langage, Education, Socialisation, Cognition) - Accueil". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  15. Katia Dago. "UT2J - Ecole Doctorale ALLPH@ (Arts, Lettres, Langues, Philosophie, Communication) - Accueil École doctorale ALLPHA". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  16. Katia Dago. "UT2J - Ecole Doctorale TESC (Temps, Espaces, Sociétés, Cultures) - Accueil". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  17. Legal & Political Sciences Doctoral School official website
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