The new Paris-Saclay University was officially created on november 5, 2019, following the publication of the decree of creation in France’s Journal officiel.
As of 1st January 2020, Paris-Saclay University replaces Paris-XI-SUD University and the community of universities and institutions "Université Paris-Saclay", and integrates, as component-institutions which retain their legal personality, under the conditions specified in its statutes, the Paris Institute of Technology for Life, Food and Environmental Sciences (AgroParisTech), “CentraleSupélec”, the “Ecole normale supérieure Paris-Saclay” and the “Institut d'Optique Graduate School”. It also integrates the Institut des hautes études scientifiques, a recognised non-profit research organisation.
It includes the Universities of Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines and Evry-Val-d'Essonne as member-associated universities by convention. These participate in its governance within the perspective of a merger.
CEA, CNRS, INRAE, Inria, Inserm and ONERA confirm their strengthened partnership with the new university. The scientific perimeter integrates the laboratories of the national research organisations located within the perimeter of Paris-Saclay University, listed by convention. The national research organisations are involved in the governance of the university.
The new university is established on the basis of the Order No. 2018-1131 of 12 December, 2018. With a commitment to integration expressed in its acts and statutes, the Paris-Saclay University wishes to become a university with solid international influence while being rooted in its territory. It is profoundly transforming the landscape of French higher education and research by intensifying a policy of training, research and innovation open to the world.
Sylvie Retailleau, President of University Paris-Saclay
Sylvie Retailleau has been elected President of Paris-Saclay University on March 2nd, 2020
Sylvie Retailleau is a University Professor and Professor of Physics at Paris-Saclay University.
An alumnus of ENS Cachan, Sylvie Retailleau was admitted to the agrégation de physique appliquée in 1988 and obtained a PhD in science from Université Paris-Sud in 1992. Her research topics developed at the Institut d'Electronique Fondamentale (IEF, Université Paris-Sud/CNRS) focus on the theoretical study of the physics of semiconductor components for advanced electronics. Since 2001, she has held a professorship at the Université Paris-Sud, now Paris-Saclay University. She was in charge of the IST (Information, Systems, Technology) Master's degree until 2008, as well as the research operation "Integrated Quantum Components for Nanoelectronics" at the Institut d'Electronique Fondamentale (now C2N) since its creation in January 2002 until 2011.
Vice-President of the Physics Department of the Orsay Faculty of Sciences from 2007 to 2008, then Vice-Dean in charge of training from 2008 to 2011, she was Dean of the Faculty from September 2011 to May 2016. Sylvie Retailleau was President of Université Paris-Sud from May 2016 to December 2018. Since 2008, she has been strongly involved in the setting up of the Idex Paris Saclay project, first in the training component and since 2011 more broadly in the structuring of training and research as well as governance.
The governing bodies of the university
The Governing Board
The Governing Board of Paris-Saclay University defines the policy set forth by Paris-Saclay University, elects its President and approves the strategic plan, as well as the organization and operation of Paris-Saclay University. It votes the budget and approves the accounts. Its specific powers are defined in the Articles of Association, as regulated by Decree 2019-1131 dated November 5, 2019, creating Paris-Saclay University and approving its Articles of Association.
It comprises 36 representatives: 18 representatives elected by and from among the staff and students of Paris-Saclay University, component-institutions, memberassociated universities, national research organizations of the units concerned, and 18 qualified experts from outside Paris-Saclay University.
The Academic Council
The Academic Council, sitting in plenary session, is the university's advisory board. The general policies pertaining to the academic life of the university are debated. Its specific powers are defined in its statutes.
It consists of 80 members, and comprises two bodies, the Education and Academic Life Committee (40 members, including 35 elected members and 5 external personalities) and the Research Commission (40 members, including 28 elected members and 7 representatives of ONR and OR partners and 5 outside persons).