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Aix-Marseille University

The largest university in the French-speaking world, Aix-Marseille University was created in 2012 from the merger of three universities. Since then, crossing borders, gathering talents and developing pioneering approaches to interdisciplinary research and innovation has been AMU’s distinctive mark.


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Every day, more than 76,000 students and almost 8,000 people make our university tick.

The university’s 19 departments cover 6 major fields, in five large new or renewed campuses across Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, with rich social, cultural and sport life for students. Along with formal education, vocational training programs are essential parts of our education and innovation strategies.

Recognised Initiative of excellence in 2012 by an international jury, AMU has created with its partners[1] the A*Midex Foundation, a projects accelerator with a cluster approach. Secured in April 2016, A*Midex launches 26 million euros per year of competitive calls for projects, offers Chairs of Excellence or experiments new approaches to research and innovation in five interdisciplinary and intersectorial areas: Energy; Environment and Earth; Health; Sciences and Advanced Technologies; and Humanities.

With outstanding results and solid reputation in, among others, archaeology, Mediterranean studies, digital humanities, mathematics, optics/photonics, neurosciences, immunology, infectiology, genetics, bioenergy or climatology, AMU’s research teams continuously create social value. In health especially where research and healthcare are under the same roof of the second largest hospital in France.

Our innovation policy is thus based on efficient local ecosystem of technological transfer, start-ups creations and long-lasting relationships with SMEs and industrial partners, especially in health, imaging and sport, which gives AMU a unique profile.

Since 2016, AMU has accelerated its global deployment, by reinforcing its networks in the Euro-Mediterranean, its priority zone, and by creating the only permanent office in Brussels of a French university.


As a result, AMU has moved up 20 ranks in the ARWU Shanghai ratings in 2016 (112th) and was recognised as one of the top 100 most innovative universities in 2015 (Reuters).


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[1] CNRS, IRD,INSERM, CEA, Centrale Marseille, Hopitaux de Marseille, SciencepoAix.

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