History of Paris 8


Paris 8: a university open onto the world, a place for teaching, for research, knowledge, creation and culture, where reflection and interaction with our world are encouraged

Université Paris 8 Vincennes - Saint-Denis, founded in 1968, is the heir to the experimental centre of Vincennes born in the intellectual and pedagogical turmoils which followed in the wake of May 68. Since then, the university has been characterised by a desire to promote democratic access to knowledge and education, and has oriented research so as to try and answer the challenges of our modern world.

The reputation and influence of Université Paris 8 is also grounded on the international fame of a number of scholars who have held teaching positions in our institution, among others : Hélène Cixous, François Châtelet, Jean-François Lyotard, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Lacan, Madeleine Rebérioux, Robert Castel, Denis Guedj, and Daniel Bensaïd.

Based in Saint-Denis since 1980, Université Paris 8 is attended by students from all around the world; we like to define ourselves today as a "world university".

The quality of our faculty and students, the interdisciplinary nature of our classes and research, the fact that we are open onto the modern world, our numerous international partnerships in education and research, and our involvement with the local social, economic, cultural and professional environments have enabled Université Paris 8 to become a privileged institution for learning and for research in the fields of the humanities, human sciences, social sciences, and arts.

 

Key dates 

 

1969: Opening of the Centre Universitaire Expérimental de Vincennes (C.U.E.V.)

1971: The C.U.E.V. becomes Université Paris 8; it becomes a full-fledged member of the national higher education
system and delivers degrees recognized by the state.

1972:
Creation of the continuing education branch

1980: Université Paris 8 Vincennes moves to Saint Denis

1982: Creation of the Vincennes University Press

1998:
Opening of the new university library

2008: Birth of the "Nicolas de Condorcet" project in Aubervilliers as part of "Operation Campus" (promoted by: EHESS, EPHE, the universities of Paris 1, 8 and 13, l’Ecole des Chartes, CNRS and INED)

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