The Fabulous World of Research in France┋#2: the ComUE

In France, communities of universities and etablishments (« communautés d’universités et d’établissements » : ComUE) are institutionalized groups of Higher Education and Research institutions. ComUE is a status created in 2013. Its predecessors were « Research and Higher Education clusters » (« Pôles de recherche et d’enseignement supérieur  » : PRES). Legally speaking, ComUE have the status of public institutions with a scientific, cultural and professional nature (EPSCP).

Missions of a ComUE

ComUEs’ missions vary. They are transferred to them by their member institutions and defined in their respective statuses.

  • Some ComUE are in charge of the accreditation of doctorates, and some even of M.A. and B.A. degrees.
  • Most of them have a pole which supports innovation and entrepreneurship, specially dedicated to students : PEPITE, Pôles Etudiants Pour l’Innovation, le Transfert et l’Entrepreneuriat, (« Student Poles for Innovation, Transfer and Entrepreneurship »).
  • Others launch and finance research programs and establish new support structures to better respond to European calls for projects.

In central Paris, there are 3 ComUE:

In Ile-de-France region there are four more:

Most prominent Ile-de-France research institutions are members of one of these ComUE.


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