The University of Poitiers (UP; French: Université de Poitiers) is a public university located in Poitiers, France. It is a member of the Coimbra Group, as one of the oldest universities of Europe. It is multidisciplinary and contributes to making Poitiers the city with the highest student/inhabitant ratio in France by welcoming nearly 28,000 students in 2017.
Université de Poitiers
|Latin: Universitas Pictavium|
|Motto||Des savoirs & des talents|
Knowledges and talents
|Budget||272 680 000 Euro (2016)|
|Affiliations||Coimbra Group, IRUN|
The University of Poitiers represents a global operating budget of around 150 million euros per year, one-third of which is for operating and investment costs and two-thirds for personnel costs. As of July 2015 it is a member of the regional university association Leonardo da Vinci consolidated University.
In the 16th century, the university exerted its influence over the town cultural life, and was ranked second only to Paris. Of the 4,000 students who attended it at the time, some were to become famous: Joachim Du Bellay, Jean-Louis Guez de Balzac, François Rabelais, René Descartes, and Scévole de Sainte-Marthe, to name but a few.
After temporary closure during the French Revolution when provincial universities were abolished, the University of Poitiers reopened in 1796. The reinstated university was merged from several schools and contained new faculties such as the faculty of science and the faculty of letters.
They established the École nationale supérieure d'ingénieurs de Poitiers, a department which trains engineers, in 1984 after having created the Institut de sciences et techniques de Poitiers, its predecessor.
After having managed its payroll and budget since January 1, 2010, the University of Poitiers is the third university in France to have its premises.
In late 2011 the University changed its logo. They submitted 4 so that students and the staff were able to decide. The up-to-date logo is based on the original coat of arms while the former was something modern. Over 9,000 people participated in the selection of the new logo.
In 2012, the University launched a blogging platform where the teaching staff and researchers deal with topical subjects, each in their area of expertise. The slogan is the word of experts.
The university covers all major academic fields through its 14 Teaching and Research Departments, Institutes and Schools:
Moreover, its law studies were ranked as the second best in France by the French magazine "l'étudiant", in 2005.
In the scientific domain, it has these laboratories, where ENSIP is part of:
In the legal domain, the Center for Studies on International Legal Cooperation (CECOJI) is a joint research unit (UMR) involving the University of Poitiers and the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).