The Paris Descartes and Paris Diderot Universities and the Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris are in the process of creating a new university model to take effect on 1st January 2019, in close partnership with the members of the Sorbonne Paris Cité Consortium of Universities and Institutions (COMUE USPC).

This project, called “Université Paris 2019”, has the shared ambition of creating a world-ranking intensive research university, based on close collaboration among the partner institutions and part of the higher education and research landscape of the future.

Drive and develop exceptional potential to meet the challenges of the society of tomorrow

Together, the partners are committed to creating an internationally renowned research university in the exact sciences, the living sciences and the human and social sciences which will be the leading European academic institution in the field of health. This new omni-disciplinary dimension and the work conducted jointly with the other members of the Sorbonne Paris Cité Consortium for the construction of a target university of excellence (IdEx project) will strengthen the interdisciplinarity of training and research in order to meet societal challenges, contribute to innovation, propose new courses to students and further the transmission of knowledge to a broad public.

International research excellence, attractiveness of course content, pedagogical innovation, student experience, quality infrastructure and outreach to socio-economic partners and the general public are all major considerations that will contribute to making this future academic institution a top-ranking international university. The project benefits from actions carried out for several years within the wider framework of the Sorbonne Paris Cité Consortium of Academic Institutions and future investment programmes.

The Université Paris 2019 project is based on dialogue between the consortiums and with the social partners.

The aim is to arrive at an original university model, which is both open and democratic and whose social component will be included in its statutes. These will be completed by mid-2018 for official foundation on 1st January 2019.

This project represents a major commitment that leverages all the administrative, technical, pedagogical and scientific skills needed to create a structure of 58,000 students, 156 laboratories, 4,500 teacher-researchers, and 3,000 administrative staff with a stronger capacity-building potential.