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Université Paris Nanterre
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Paris Nanterre University (French: Université Paris Nanterre), formerly called "Paris X Nanterre" and more recently "Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense", is a French university in the Academy of Versailles. It is one of the most prestigious French universities, mainly in the areas of law, humanities, political science, social and natural sciences and economics. It is one of the thirteen successor universities of the University of Paris. It is located in the western suburb of Nanterre, in the La Défense area, the business district of Paris. The university is commonly referred to as Nanterre.
Nanterre was built in the 1960s on the outskirts of Paris as an extension of the Sorbonne. It was set up as an independent university in December 1970. Based on the American model, it was created as a campus (as opposed to the old French universities which were smaller and integrated with the city in which they were located).
Nanterre became famous shortly after its opening by being at the center of the May '68 student rebellion. The campus was nicknamed "Nanterre, la folle" (Mad Nanterre) or "Nanterre la rouge" (Red Nanterre, in reference to communism).
Size and scope
Nanterre is the second largest campus in France after Nantes, with its own Olympic-sized swimming pool and a stadium. It welcomes 35,000 to 40,000 students every year in all fields of studies: Social Sciences, Philosophy, Literature, History, Languages and Linguistics, Economics, Law and Political Sciences, as well as Teacher Training, Acting, Cinema, Physiology and Sports.
The university is renowned in the fields of Law and Economics. Even though French universities are required by law to admit anyone with a Baccalauréat, strain is put on the students from the start and the first year drop-out rate consistently hovers in the 60% region. At the postgraduate level, the university offers very competitive programs (highly selective master's degrees in Law and Business) and partnerships with some grandes écoles such as the Ecole Polytechnique, ESSEC, Ecole des Mines de Paris, and ESCP Europe among others.
The Rene Ginouves Institute for Archaeology and Anthropology (Maison de l'archeologie et de l'ethnologie Rene Ginouves) is another important institution on campus, merging the departments of the CNRS, Paris I-Panthéon Sorbonne and Paris X-Nanterre.
As in most Parisian universities, there is a large minority of foreign exchange students.
Over the years, Nanterre has developed innovative programs such as the double bilingual courses in French Law and Anglo-American, Spanish, Russian, German or Italian law; in Economics & Management (with half of the courses in French and half of the courses in another foreign language); and in History (with half of the courses in French and half of the courses in another foreign language). These programs have inspired many universities and grandes écoles throughout the country and are now renowned on a national level.
- Nicolas Sarkozy, Former President of France, former President of the Union for a Popular Movement, former Interior Minister and former MP (Master of Laws in 1978)
- Emmanuel Macron, President of France
- Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, former French Minister of Economy and Finance, former MP, economist
- Dominique de Villepin, former Prime Minister of France, former Home secretary and Foreign Secretary; Writer
- David Guetta DJ, Producer. Bachelor of Laws
- Brice Hortefeux, former French Minister of Immigration
- Daniel Cohn-Bendit, "Dany le Rouge", leader of the May 68 student rebellion and Member of the European Parliament
- Christine Lagarde, Head of International Monetary Fund, former Minister of trade, former president of Baker & McKenzie
- Leonardo López Luján, Mexican archaeologist, Director of the Templo Mayor Project
- Frederic Mitterrand, former French Minister of Culture and Communications
- Jean-Jacques Aillagon, former Minister for Culture, head of the Palazzo Grassi
- Jean-Luc Marion, philosopher
- Olivier Besancenot, former leader of the Ligue communiste révolutionnaire (LCR)
- Françoise de Panafieu, MP and Mayor of the XVIIth district of Paris
- Manuel Pinho, Portuguese politician and economist
- Olivier Duhamel, law teacher at Sciences-Po, former politician and former Member of the European Parliament
- Guy Carcassonne, expert in constitutional law
- Virachai Plasai, former Permanent Representative of Thailand to the United Nations
- Luc Brisson, philosopher
- Daniel Cohen, economist and journalist for Le Monde
- Alain Farshian, freelance journalist for newspapers such as Le Monde
- Vincent Bolloré, CEO of Bolloré and ranked the 451st-equal richest person in the world
- Sylvie Germain, writer
- Yasmina Reza, writer and actress
- Jeanne Mas, pop singer
- Tiago Nené, Portuguese poet
- Pedro Bereciartu Parra, arepólogo, specialist in the "arepa venezolana", the Venezuelan bread
- Andreas D. Mavroyiannis, former Cyprus Deputy Minister for European Affairs
- Cheng Li-chun, Minister of Culture, Taiwan (ROC)
- María Ángela Holguín, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia
- Maurice Allais, Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1988
- Jean-Jacques Becker, historian
- Guy Carcassonne, French expert in constitutional law
- Dominique Strauss-Kahn, French economist, lawyer, and politician; Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, 2007 – 2011
- René Rémond, historian and political economist
- Denis Buican, French historian of biology, 1983 – 2003
- Jack Lang, French politician, 1986 – 1988 and 1993 – 1999
- Michel Aglietta, French economist, founder of the regulation school
- Michel Crozier, French sociologist and member of the Académie des sciences morales et politiques
- Emmanuel Lévinas, philosopher, 1967
- Jean Baudrillard, philosopher.
- Paul Ricœur, philosopher, 1966 – 1970
- Étienne Balibar, philosopher
- Matty Chiva, professor of psychology
- Henri Lefebvre, geographer, professor, and influential figure in the events of 1968
- André Legrand, professor of French and comparative public law, Human Rights, Civil Liberties
- Claude Lepelley, historian, 1984 – 2002
- Danièle Lochak, professor of law specialising in human rights and civil liberties; Former president of the GISTI; member of the Ligue des droits de l'homme; Director of the Centre de recherches et d'études sur les droits fondamentaux
- Pierre Mélandri, historian
- Robert Merle, novelist
- Louise Merzeau, communication scholar
- Alain Pellet, French expert on international law
- Catherine Perret philosopher
- Michèle Perret, linguistics professor and novelist
- Albert Piette, professor of anthropology
- Jean-Pierre Rioux, historian
- Yves Roucaute, philosopher, political scientist, Director of the "Cahiers de la Securite"
- Jean-François Sirinelli, historian
- Alain Farshian, freelance journalist, former contributor to Le Monde
- Michel Troper, professor at the University of Paris X-Nanterre; member of the Institut Universitaire de France; Director of the Centre de Théorie du Droit
- Damianakos Stathis, Greek agriculturist and sociologist
- François Laruelle, philosopher
- Zoi Konstantopoulou, a Greek human rights lawyer and politician of the Coalition of the Radical Left (Syriza), also Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament
Nanterre in fiction
- La Chinoise, by Jean-Luc Godard,1967
- My Sex Life...or How I Got Into an Argument, by Arnaud Desplechin, 1996
- The Spanish Apartment, by Cédric Klapisch, 2002
- District 13 (Banlieue 13), by Pierre Morel, 2004
Selected Master's programs
- Presentation of master's students in Business Management Paris X Nanterre
- master's in Banking and Finance Paris X Nanterre
- Master in Financial Management Paris X Nanterre
- master's in Project Finance and Structured Finance Paris X Nanterre - Ecole des Ponts et Chaussees
- master's in Controlling Paris X Nanterre
- master's in Intellectual Property and Internet Law
- master's in Management and Dynamic of Organisations (Paris X Nanterre, Mines, Polytechnique, ESCP Europe)