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Paris Diderot University

University of Paris 7
Université Paris 7
Established 1970, following the division of the University of Paris (12th century)
Type Public
Chancellor Maurice Quénet
Chancellor of the Universities of Paris
President Vincent Berger
Students 26,000
Location Paris, France

Paris Diderot University - Paris 7, also known as Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7, is a leading French University[1] located in Paris, France. It is one of the heirs of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Paris (together with Paris 6), which, founded in the mid-12th century, was one of the earliest universities established in Europe. It adopted its current name in 1994.

Featuring two Nobel Prize laureates, a Fields Medal winner and two former French Ministers of Education among its faculty or former faculty, the University is famous for its teaching in science, especially in mathematics.[2] Indeed many fundamental results of the theory of Probability[3] have been discovered at one of its research centers, the Laboratoire de Probabilités et Modèles Aléatoires (Laboratory of Probability and Random Models). The university is also known for its teaching in psychology, which adopts a specific approach drawing from both the domains of psychopathology and psychoanalysis.

But the University also hosts many others disciplines: currently, there are 2300 educators and researchers, 1100 administrative personnel and 26,000 students studying humanities, science, and medicine.[4]

Paris Diderot University is a founding member of the higher education and research alliance Sorbonne Paris Cité which is a Public Institution for Scientific Cooperation bringing together four renowned Parisian universities and four higher education and research institutes.[5]

Formerly based at the Jussieu Campus in the 5th arrondissement, the University moved to a new campus in the 13th arrondissement, in the Paris Rive Gauche neighborhood. The first buildings were brought into use in 2006. The university has many facilities in Paris, and two in other parts of the general area. In 2012, the University completed its move in its new ultra-modern campus.


  • List of facilities in Paris 1
  • UFR (Unité de Formation et de Recherche) 2
  • Academic degrees 3
    • Master of Science in Mathematical Finance 3.1
  • Teachers and former teachers 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

List of facilities in Paris

Map of the main campus in Paris Rive Gauche
"Grands Moulins de Paris" in PRG
Condorcet building, headquarter of the Department of Physics

There are:[6]

UFR (Unité de Formation et de Recherche)

Paris Diderot University offers courses in many fields, each taught in a different sections of the University called UFR - Unité de Formation et de Recherche (Unity of Teaching and Research).[7]

  • UFR of Life Sciences
  • UFR of Chemistry
  • UFR of Computer Sciences
  • UFR of Mathematics
  • UFR of Physics
  • UFR of Science of the Earth, Environment and Planets
  • UFR of English studies
  • UFR of Cross-cultural and Applied Languages studies
  • UFR of Geography, History and Social sciences
  • UFR of Languages and Cultures in East Asia studies (Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese)
  • UFR of Letters, Art and Cinema
  • UFR of Linguistics
  • UFR of Psychoanalytical Studies (formerly Human clinical sciences)
  • UFR of Social Sciences
  • UFR of Medicine
  • UFR of Odontology

Academic degrees

There are:

Master of Science in Mathematical Finance

Among these diplomas, we can mention the Master of Science in Mathematical Finance (M2MO) – also known as DEA Laure Elie – which is one of the two most selective French postgraduate degrees in Quantitative Finance.[8] Since 1986, it provides advanced courses in probability, statistics, stochastic calculus and in computer science, in order to train Quantitative analysts.[9]

This Master – headed by Laure Elie, Peter Tankov and Huyên Pham – is jointly accredited by Paris Diderot University, ENSAE ParisTech, Telecom ParisTech and is in association with the Ecole Centrale Paris. The M2MO degree is a ParisTech Labelled Masters, a distinction granted to the best in their fields in France.[10]

Teachers and former teachers

Nobel Laureate George Fitzgerald Smoot, professor of the University


  1. ^ The URAP 2010 ranking gave a A+ to Paris Diderot University for its academics performances
  2. ^ The university is ranked 47th in the world in mathematics by the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2010
  3. ^ Brief history of the Laboratory of Probabilites and Random Models
  4. ^ University education in Paris Diderot figures
  5. ^ Presentation of the Sorbonne Paris Cité alliance
  6. ^ Detail of all facilities
  7. ^ List of the Fields and departments
  8. ^ Website of Paris Institute of Science and Technology, called ParisTech
  9. ^ Website of DEA Laure Elie (French)
  10. ^ About the ParisTech Labelled-Masters
  11. ^ Jaak Aaviksoo's CV
  12. ^ Claude Allègre's resume(French)
  13. ^ Jean-Luc Bennahmia's resume(French)
  14. ^ Agence universitaire de la Francophonie(French)
  15. ^ International Federation of Film Critics
  16. ^ Nobel Prize in Medicine 1980
  17. ^ Luc Ferry's CV(French)
  18. ^ Élisabeth Roudinesco's CV
  19. ^ Jean-Michel Savéant CV(French)
  20. ^ Vincent Courtillot CV(French)
  21. ^ Julia Kristeva CV(French)
  22. ^ Press release of the University Paris-Diderot (French)
  23. ^ Article in French newspaper Le Monde by University president (French)
  24. ^ Nobel Prize in Physics 2006

External links

  • University homepage
  • Map of facilities (French)
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