Institutional Policies

In a landscape that is being restructured into major clusters, with the ambition of recreating several world-class universities in France, Université Paris Cité represents a leading force in research, highly visible nationally and internationally, fostering high quality educational programmes, knowledge transfer and innovation.


Through its Faculties of Health, Social Science and Humanities, Université Paris Cité through its educational policy, offers interdisciplinary curriculum in which international mobility and innovative pedagogies are paramount.

Promoting the success of all students, from the moment they join the university, is one of the key priorities at Université Paris Cité. The gradual, flexible curriculum, modular and common across our faculties, allows students to build an interdisciplinary academic plan based on a progressive specialisation, which meets this objective.

Similarly, the development of innovative training programmes and structures – a platform for medical simulation, e-learning and digital resources – as well as the promotion of student engagement and access to guidance programmes provide students with a study environment conducive to developing their professional plan.

Université Paris Cité is committed to strengthening its relations with the partners of the socio-economic world in order to articulate competencies, facilitate employment and to provide a course offering that is in line with the French and international job market.


The research policy of Université Paris Cité is built in a concerted manner with its faculties, components and research structures, in close collaboration with national research organisations. Its main strategic directions are broken down into sectors of excellence to be supported, themes to be strengthened, new disciplinary fields to be developed and interdisciplinary interfaces.

Alongside its voluntarist international policy, Université Paris Cité aims to attract the best teacher-researchers and researchers at all stages of their careers. In particular, this approach enables the development of new research areas on emerging themes.

Nearly one out of ten scientific articles published in France comes from the research laboratories of Université Paris Cité. As the leading French university in terms of citations per article, it awards 10% of doctorates at the national level and develops research of the highest international standard, directly connected to international issues and players, with a particular ambition on a European scale.

By focusing on new forms of collaboration with national research organisations and the AP-HP, as well as on new modes of governance and steering of research and training, Université Paris Cité aims to enhance its visibility and attractiveness even further.

Fundamentally multidisciplinary and with a solid experience of interdisciplinary, Université Paris Cité develops high-level research in all fields of knowledge, from the exact and experimental sciences to the human and social sciences.


Université Paris Cité, visible in the fields of earth sciences, medicine and, more broadly, biology and health, and brings together one of the largest groups of laboratories associated with the CNRS and INSERM. Committed to collaborating with all the major players in national and international research, the institution is also expanding its research potential by developing numerous research programmes with its USPC partners as well as through its partnership with the Institut Pasteur.

An establishment with global reach

Key collaborations are being undertaken with prominent European and American universities. Cooperation with Oxford, Cambridge, Heidelberg, Stanford, Harvard and MIT are the six universities with whom researchers from Université Paris Cité co-publish most often. The university has all the advantages to strengthen its interactions and collaborations with other global institutions in terms of size, population and economy. Université Paris Cité focuses on monitoring geopolitical and geostrategic developments to steer and adjust its long-term strategy.

Actively involved in Europe

In Europe, Université Paris Cité is developing its partnerships notably with London and Berlin as well as through the European University alliance Circle U. Thanks to the interdisciplinary approach, it will be in synergy with the new instruments of the European research funding and will be able to respond efficiently to calls for proposals launched by the European Union. Together with the Guild of European universities of research, it intends to influence the European Union’s scientific policy decisions, and participate in the construction of a collective model of international excellence. Thus, Université Paris Cité wishes to contribute to the building of a European university that meets the requirements of truly international research and education for the community, in line with the sustainable development objectives to which Europe is committed for the world.
Université Paris Cité’ application for the HR Excellence in Research label demonstrates the institution’s active participation in the development of the European Research Area.

Ensuring international social responsibility

The work undertaken by the three faculties to strengthen the partnerships with developing countries, in particular in Africa will be pursued. This will be a strong strategic focus in close cooperation with organizations such as the Research Institute for Development (IRD). It will contribute to the diversification of our approach and positioning.

Developing talent

Well-endowed academic scholarships will be offered to the best graduate students from partner institutions wishing to study in Paris. They will also be accessible to Université Paris Cité students who would like to enrol in short term study abroad programmes. The objective of the programme will be to serve as lever for recruiting international PhD students.
Collaborating with prominent researchers
An ambitious guest researcher programme, combining both research and teaching chairs, will be developed to foster interactions with key partners.

Promoting diversity

The ‘internationalisation at home’ project is based on the development of curricula designed from the outset for international students who wish to embrace future challenges, not only on scientific advancements but on a societal level as well. Université Paris Cité will support their incubation and development with academia and researchers. The development of a learning path in English will enhance the attractiveness of Université Paris Cité for its students with diverse backgrounds, coming from all over the world.
A university open to the world
The increase in outgoing mobility of students as a driver of excellence will be a key focus. It will be required for local students enrolled in international programmes to spend a semester or even a year abroad. The objective will be to reach 20% of outgoing mobility for all of our programmes.

Student Experience

The student experience is at the core of the international relations strategy of Université Paris Cité. The emphasis is providing support to incoming international students in all the facets of their training and during their stay (administrative procedures, finding quality housing, etc)

Disability policy

Université Paris Cité has implemented specific measures to welcome and support students and staff with disabilities throughout their academic and professional careers. The 2021-2025 Disabilities Strategic Plan will serve as a guideline for the coming years… Read more

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