University of Poitiers

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University of Poitiers
motto Of savoir-faire & talent
founding 1431
place Poitiers
country France
President Yves Jean
Students 23,000
Employee approx. 3,000
Networks Coimbra group
Historical coat of arms of the university

The University of Poitiers ( French : Université de Poitiers ), based in the city of Poitiers, is one of the oldest universities in France with around 24,000 (including 3,000 foreign) students and 2,300 academic staff. President (= rector ) of the university is Yves Jean.


The University of Poitiers was founded in 1431 by papal bull by Pope Eugene IV and King Charles VII of France and at that time consisted of the five faculties of theology , martial law , civil law , medicine and art . In the 16th century it developed into the second most important university in the country alongside the University of Paris .


The university, which is now divided into 14 teaching and research units (UFR), institutes and schools, offers degrees in over 200 fields of study.

The university is also home to the École Nationale Supérieure d'Ingénieurs de Poitiers .

In a university ranking carried out by the magazine “L'Étudiant” in 2005, the law of the university took second place nationwide.


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Coordinates: 46 ° 35 ′ 10 ″  N , 0 ° 20 ′ 38 ″  E