Founded in 2010, Paris Sciences & Lettres Research University brings together 25 prestigious establishments in the very heart of Paris, all united by their common intent to create an entity comparable in performance to the greatest universities worldwide. With their exceptional diversity, these institutions share a common culture based on scientific excellence and the very strong potential of their students. As a new federal type of university, and winner of a national Investments for the Future award in 2011, PSL Research University is implementing an ambitious program of research, training, and development. Its ambition is manyfold :
FORGE NEW RESEARCH COLLABORATIONS IN A UNIQUE ENVIRONMENT GEARED TOWARDS CREATIVITY AND INNOVATION
Boasting more than 140 laboratories, a 3,200 strong research and teaching staff, an outstanding community at Master’s and PhD level, 12 endowed research institutes (labex) and many cutting-edge scientific facilities (Equipex), PSL enjoys an exceptional potential for research, matched by an ambitious scientific strategy that puts it on a par with the greatest universities worldwide.
Research at PSL covers all academic fields. The different disciplines across these fields are in ongoing dialogue with each other, collaborating in major cross-discipline research. Through the resulting increase in diversity, this collaboration enriches the education PSL provides.
TRAIN STUDENTS FOR TODAY’S SOCIETY AND FOR THAT OF THE FUTURE
PSL nurses the ambition to train students for today’s society and for that of the future, by educating young people to be capable of adapting to large-scale changes in their work environment, and above all to lead them to become innovators and entrepreneurs, through education formed by research and based on the development of reflection, curiosity, and critical thinking.
It helps its members to develop research-based education, to diversify their admissions, to develop multidisciplinary approaches, to open their doors to international students and collaborators, and to showcase their doctorates, international academic degrees, and the final stage of a full university education, whatever its professional purpose. The transformations underway at the undergraduate level in PSL engineering schools, as well as many new training projects - the SACRe (Sciences, Arts, Création [design], Research) doctorate and PSL-ITI (Institute of Technology and Innovation) - provide concrete evidence.
DEFINE A NEW RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE ACADEMIC WORLD AND THE SOCIO-ECONOMIC AND CULTURAL WORLD
PSL’s ambition is to transform French scientific excellence into a force for technological innovation, a key factor for future growth. By promoting collaborative research programs, often multi- and interdisciplinary, and by developing large-scale technology transfer programmes in line with new research perspectives, PSL intends to propagate the original synergies developed in the laboratories hosted by its institutions. The objective of PSL is simple: to foster innovation, stimulate business creation, and support SMEs and mid-tier companies.
Drawing on the particular strengths of its institutions, PSL wants to continue to transmit and disseminate knowledge together with the values specific to work in research and education. With its extensive experience, especially that of the 5 grandes écoles of art among its members, PSL is part of a network of artistic and cultural institutions that further develop its principles of education.
Finally, PSL wants to determine the emerging issues that our societies will face, and reflect on our models of social cohesion. This is a key objective for PSL, which hosts many educational and research programs in humanities, social sciences, and business studies; they make this community a place where the future is fashioned.
The admissions process practiced by PSL institutions is neither an end in itself nor a marker of identity, but instead the means to detect the students who can fully benefit from the training provided, regardless of their background or their academic track. Heirs to the French tradition of meritocracy, PSL institutions have long engaged in social outreach; under the PSL umbrella, they offer demanding and innovative undergraduate training, both within the pluridisciplinary undergraduate program (Cycle Pluridisciplinaires d’Etudes Supérieures - CPES ) created in collaboration with two Parisian lycées (Henri-IV and Louis-le-Grand), where the majority of students are scholarship holders, and in undergraduate programs at Paris-Dauphine University.
PSL also intends to support second chances through continuing education reserved for adults from the workforce or for young people with special circumstances. PSL wants to be a place where other types of courses are provided, where bridges between tracks are facilitated, where complementary training and resumption of studies are possible, where educational advantages can be shared, and where the high quality of the courses provided is intended mainly as an incentive.