Orléans University

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Université d´Orléans
motto Un campus européen pour étudier et vivre
founding 1306
Sponsorship state
place Orléans / France
president Ary Bruand
Students 15,963
Employee 1409
Annual budget 59 M €
Website www.univ-orleans.fr

The University of Orléans ( French : Université d'Orléans ) is one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in France.


The medieval university

Salle des Thèses of the old Orléans University, where the students took their exams
Château de la Source

Together with the universities of Paris, Toulouse, Avignon and Montpellier, the University of Orléans is one of the oldest universities in France and Europe, its foundation dates back to 1230. Already in 1235 the city of Orléans was given by Pope Gregory IX. bestowed the right to teach Roman law ; In 1306 the University of Orléans was founded by papal bull by Pope Clemens V. In the years after its founding, St. Yves and Clemens V studied law in Orléans and contributed to the good reputation of the university. Above all, it benefited from the fact that the teaching of Roman law had been banned in Paris since 1273. Several professors and many students came to Orléans because of this. The university town thus became a center of law, especially civil law. The "Latin Quarter" of Orléans was created in the historic old town south of the cathedral. The professors mostly taught in their own homes. The "Salle des Thèses" building from the 15th century with its pointed arches served the university as a library and was also an examination room. Jean Calvin was a student here and also taught for a short time in Orléans. The university's decline intensified from 1679 when Roman law was taught again in Paris. In 1793 the university was closed during the French Revolution .

Current profile

Large auditorium of the medieval university

In 1960, the university reopened on campus in the satellite town of Quartier de la Source . When it reopened , Minister Pierre Sudreau referred to Orléans University as the "French Oxford". The university has managed to maintain its reputation over the centuries to the present day. It is therefore still one of the most important universities in France, especially in the field of law. The university management has moved into the Château de la Source near the source of the Loiret . Today the university is divided into four faculties (French: facultés ). At the study sites Bourges , Chartres , Indre ( Châteauroux / Issoudun are located) and Orléans four institutes (French. Institute Universitaires de Technologie ) and a polytechnic school (French. Ecole polytechnique ). The President (= Rector ) of the Orléans University is Ary Bruand.



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  • Cornelia M. Ridderikhoff, Detlef Illmer, Hilde de Ridder-Symoens (eds.): Les livres des procurateurs de la nation germanique de l'ancienne Université d'Orléans 1444–1602 , Vol. I / 1–2, II / 1– 3 and III. Brill, Leiden 1971-2013

Web links

Commons : Université d'Orléans  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. http://www.univ-orleans.fr/universite/histoire-de-luniversite
  2. http://www.univ-orleans.fr/fr/univ/universite/organisation/gouvernance
  3. Christoph Strohm: Calvinism and Law. Mohr Siebeck, 2008, ISBN 978-3-16-149581-6 , p. 37. Restricted preview in the Google book search
  4. Ville d'Orléans - Circuit découverte, approx. 2010
  5. laissez-vous conter Orléans, approx. 2010
  6. Conseil général du Loiret, 700 ans d'université à Orléans, p. 55
  7. ^ La République du Center: L'université d'Orléans bien classée. In: larep.fr. Retrieved December 29, 2014 .