University of Aix-Marseille

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Université d'Aix-Marseille
University of Aix-Marseille
founding 2011
place Aix-en-Provence , Marseille
country FranceFrance France
president Berland Yvon
Students 74,000
Employee 7,680
Networks DFH

The University of Aix-Marseille ( French Université d'Aix-Marseille or Aix-Marseille Université , abbreviation AMU ) is the largest francophone university and youngest university in the country. It was founded on August 24, 2011 and arose from the merger of three previously existing universities. Most of the university facilities are located in the cities of Aix-en-Provence and Marseille (which is also the seat of the [Jardin du Pharo]).


The university has five large campuses: Aix-en-Provence, Marseille Étoile, Marseille Center, Marseille Timone, Marseille Luminy. The university has numerous partner universities worldwide, 375 Erasmus partner universities alone . This is why almost 1/7 of the 72,000 students enrolled in 2013 are international. The university is divided into five subject areas:

  • Art, literature, languages, humanities and social sciences
  • Law and Political Science
  • Business and Management
  • Health sciences
  • Science and Technology


The university was founded in 1409 by Ludwig II of Anjou , Duke of Provence. In 1791 the university - like all others in France - was dissolved in the course of the French Revolution . The faculties and institutes scattered all over the city became independent institutions. From the end of the 19th century onwards, the individual faculties were merged again to form the University of Aix-Marseille, but by a law on November 12, 1968 they were separated into three different institutions: in 1970, Aix-Marseille I (University of Provence) and Aix- Marseille II (from 1994 University of the Mediterranean). 1973 followed the establishment of Aix-Marseille III (from 2004 University Paul-Cézanne), so that three universities with the name Aix-Marseille existed. From 2004 the three universities intensified their cooperation and set on a common strategy for the use of synergy effects and for the further development of the range of courses. In June 2007 the universities decided to join forces to create the University of Aix-Marseille. It was finally founded by a regulation on August 24, 2011, which came into force on January 1, 2012. Yvon Berland was elected as the first president of the university on January 3, 2012.

Web links

Commons : Université d'Aix-Marseille  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  2. Aix-Marseille Université (French and English; PDF file)
  3. Network. List of universities in the DFH network. In: Franco-German University, accessed on October 7, 2019 .
  4. ^ Decree on the establishment of the university (French)