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University of Bordeaux

University of Bordeaux
Université de Bordeaux
Victoire Campus, Bordeaux
MottoSit lumine illustrant millennii.
(French: Que la lumière illumine les millénaires) (English: May the light illuminate the millennia)
Established1441; 583 years ago (1441) (initial formation)
Academic affiliations
Endowment892 million
PresidentDean Lewis
Academic staff
6,000 including 3,200 professors[1]

The University of Bordeaux (French: Université de Bordeaux) is a public university based in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France.

It has several campuses in the cities and towns of Bordeaux, Dax, Gradignan, Périgueux, Pessac, and Talence.[3] There are also several smaller teaching sites in various other towns in the region, including in Bayonne.

The University of Bordeaux counts more than 50,000 students, over 6,000 of which are international.[4]

It is a member of the ComUE d'Aquitaine university group.[5]


The original Université de Bordeaux was established by Pope Eugene IV on 7 June 1441 when Bordeaux was an English town.[6] In 1793, during the French Revolution, the National Convention abolished the university. The university re-opened in 1896 as a result of the law of 18 July 1896. In 1970, the university was split into three universities: Bordeaux 1, Bordeaux 2, and Bordeaux 3. In 1995, Bordeaux 4 split off from Bordeaux 1. Since 2014, the aforementioned universities have been reunited to form the University of Bordeaux, except for Bordeaux 3, which did not take part in the merger and remains independent of the University of Bordeaux.[citation needed]

University rankings
Université de Bordeaux
Global – Overall
ARWU World[7]201-300 (2023)
CWTS World[8]361 (2021)
QS World[9]465 (2024)
THE World[10]351-400 (2024)
USNWR Global[11]290 (2023)

Notable alumni





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Performing arts




Visual arts


See also


  1. ^ "Ressources". Université de Bordeaux. Université de Bordeaux.
  2. ^ "Ressources". Université de Bordeaux. Université de Bordeaux.
  3. ^ "Découvrir les campus". Université de Bordeaux. Université de Bordeaux.
  4. ^ "Ressources". Université de Bordeaux. Université de Bordeaux.
  5. ^ "Etudier en Aquitaine". Communauté d'universités et établissements d'Aquitaine. Communauté d'universités et établissements d'Aquitaine. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  6. ^ "Notre histoire". Université de Bordeaux. Université de Bordeaux. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  7. ^ "ShanghaiRanking-Univiersities".
  8. ^ "CWTS Leiden Ranking".
  9. ^ "University of Bordeaux".
  10. ^ "University of Bordeaux". 6 February 2024.
  11. ^
  12. ^ "Olivier le Peuch".


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