University of Toulouse


The University of Toulouse (French: Université de Toulouse) is a community of universities and establishments (ComUE) based in Toulouse, France. Originally it was established in 1229, making it one of the earliest universities to emerge in Europe. Suppressed during the French Revolution in 1793, it was refounded in 1896 as part of the reorganization of higher education. It was finally abolished in 1969, giving birth to the three current universities: Toulouse 1 Capitole University, University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès and Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier University. The ComUE in the Toulouse region was known as Federal University of Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées. On January 1, 2023, the university was renamed as the University of Toulouse.[1]

University of Toulouse
Université de Toulouse
Latin: Universitas Tolosatibus
Established1229; 795 years ago (1229)
PresidentMichael Toplis
Total staff

The three universities, along with other institutions, participated in the reconstruction of the University of Toulouse – a joint structure of 107,000 students including 4,500 doctoral students, 17,000 staffs and 145 research laboratories. The mission was entrusted to Patrick Lévy, former president of the Grenoble Alpes University, accompanied by Philippe Raimbault, president of the Federal University of Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées. This development, strongly desired by the elected officials of the Occitania region and Toulouse Métropole, aims to give greater visibility to Toulouse higher education in international rankings.



The formation of the University of 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, the University of Toulouse split into three separate universities and numerous specialised institutions of higher education. The three universities are: Toulouse 1 Capitole University, University of Toulouse-Jean Jaurès and Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier University.

The university system was founded on 27 March 2007.[2] It no longer represented a single university, it was the collective entity (PRES) which federated the universities and institutions of higher education in Toulouse region. With more than 100,000 students, Midi-Pyrénées is the fifth-largest university area in France.[3]

The current university system was created as a ComUE according to the 2013 Law on Higher Education and Research (France), effective on July 1, 2015. It replaced the pôle de recherche et d'enseignement supérieur (PRES) which had been organized in 2007 to coordinate higher education and research in the region.

In 2021, Patrick Lévy conducted an audit of the university site, which proposed changes.[4] In 2022, this process led to the evolution of the institution towards the status of an experimental ComUE.[5] On January 1, 2023, the Federal University of Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées became the University of Toulouse.


Université Toulouse 1 Capitole

The University of Toulouse is a higher education and research institute cluster which brings together the following institutions:

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 Science and Technology

  • Biology, Health & Biotechnologies[7]
  • Sciences for Ecology, Veterinary, Agronomy & Bioengineery[8]
  • Geosciences, Astrophysics & Space Sciences[9]
  • Mathematics, Informatics & Telecommunications Toulouse Doctoral School[10]
  • Electrical, Electronic Engineering & Telecommunications [11]
  • Systems [12]
  • Physics, Chemistry & Materials Sciences [13]
  • Mechanics, Energetics, Civil & Process Engineering[14]
  • Aeronautics & Astronautics [15]

In the field of Social Sciences and Humanities




Notable alumni


See also


Notes and references

  1. ^ "Homepage". Université de Toulouse.
  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. ^ "Fusion ou nouvelle gouvernance ? Les universités de Toulouse face à leur destin (collectif)". La Tribune (in French). 22 February 2021. Retrieved 11 May 2023.
  5. ^ "Naviguer dans le sommaire". (in French). 8 December 2022. Retrieved 2 June 2023.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "ADUM – Outil de gestion et de communication pour les écoles doctorales et les établissements d'enseignement supérieurs". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  8. ^ LAPEYRE Martial-DELRIEU Eric-CHARMANTIER Audrey. "Site de l'école doctorale SEVAB : Accueil". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  9. ^ "Ecole Doctorale SDU2E". Archived from the original on 4 April 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  10. ^ "Ecole doctorale MITT Mathématiques Informatique Télécommunications de Toulous – ED 475 Toulouse". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  11. ^ "Ecole doctorale GEET – ED 323 Toulouse". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  12. ^ "ECOLE DOCTORALE SYSTEMES – ED 309". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  13. ^ "Ecole Doctorale Sciences de la Matière – Toulouse". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  14. ^ Mechanics, Energetics, Civil & Process Engineering Doctoral School official website
  15. ^ "ED 467 Ecole doctorale Aeronautique Astronautique – Toulouse". Archived from the original on 23 January 2008. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  16. ^ Katia Dago. "UT2J – Ecole Doctorale CLESCO (Comportement, Langage, Education, Socialisation, Cognition) – Accueil". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  17. ^ Katia Dago. "UT2J – Ecole Doctorale ALLPH@ (Arts, Lettres, Langues, Philosophie, Communication) – Accueil École doctorale ALLPHA". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  18. ^ Katia Dago. "UT2J – Ecole Doctorale TESC (Temps, Espaces, Sociétés, Cultures) – Accueil". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  19. ^ "Legal & Political Sciences Doctoral School official website". Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2010.
  20. ^ Oréalys. "Ecole doctorale Sciences de Gestion Toulouse". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  21. ^ "TSE". Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  22. ^ "Thomas Pesquet". European Space Agency. 20 May 2005. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
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  • Centre Universitaire de Formation et de Recherche Jean-François Champollion – CUFR Champollion
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  • École Nationale de Formation Agronomique – ENFA
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