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Université de Tours
The University of Tours (French: Université de Tours), formerly François Rabelais University of Tours, is a public university in Tours, France. Founded in 1969, the university was formerly named after the French writer François Rabelais. It is the largest university in the Centre-Val de Loire region. As of July 2015, it is a member of the regional university association Leonardo da Vinci consolidated University.
The University of Tours was established as part of efforts to modernize and democratize higher education in France after the events of 1968. The university was created by grouping together a number of older educational institutions.
The university has a number of campuses, often dedicated to a specific faculty, distributed across the city of Tours:
- Plat d’Étain (administration and offices)
- Tanneurs (languages and literature, arts and humanities)
- Tonnellé (medicine)
- Portalis/Deux-Lions (engineering, law, economics, geography)
- Grandmont (sciences, pharmaceutical studies)
- Pont-Volant (contains a University Institute of Technology)
- Emile Zola
The university also has a satellite campus in Blois.
The university comprises seven departments, as well as an engineering school and two technology institutes:
- Department of Arts and Humanities
- Center for Advanced Renaissance Studies (Centre d'Etudes Supérieures de la Renaissance)
- Department of Law, Economics and Social Sciences
- Department of Literature and Languages
- Department of Medicine
- Department of Sciences and Technology
- Department of Pharmacy
- School of Engineering (Ecole Polytechnique de l'université de Tours)
- Tours University Institute of Technology (Institut Universitaire de Technologie de Tours)
- Blois University Institute of Technology (Institut Universitaire de Technologie de Blois)
The university offers bachelor, master and doctorate degrees in line with the Bologna Process. It also provides Technological Diploma courses (diplômes universitaire de technologie) through the two University Institutes of Technology. Several other institutions operate within the framework of the university:
- École publique de journalisme de Tours, a semi-autonomous journalism school affiliated to the university.
- Centre hospitalier régional et universitaire de Tours (CHU de Tours), a grouping of six regional hospitals affiliated to the university that collaborate on health services and medical training.
- Institut européen d'histoire et des cultures de l'alimentation, a humanities and social sciences research center that studies the history of food cultures.
Research at the University is at the forefront in the social sciences and humanities in the study of the Renaissance through the Graduate Center of the Renaissance since 1956 and in knowledge of food heritage through a program ambitious research at the Institute of European history and culture of food.
The University of Tours is also distinguished in the field of materials for energy technology research with the Microelectronic at CERTEM in collaboration with ST Microelectronics in 1996.
The research also extends into the field of medical imaging and bio-medicine, oncology, and eminently in the study of autism at the University Hospital of Tours. Geo-science and environment with the study of insects at the Institute for Research on the biology of the insect (IRBI). Since 1969 the CESA, Planning Department today Polytech'Tours research in the field of cities, territories and societies is deemed to France. Finally the University of Tours works in the field of mathematical research through the Laboratory of Theoretical Physics and Mathematics.
Well-known alumni of the university include:
- Marie-Laure Augry - France 3 journalist.
- Philippe Briand - member of the National Assembly.
- Adolé Isabelle Glitho-Akueson - Professor of Animal Biology at the University of Lome.
- Moshe Prywes, Israeli physician and first President of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
- Harry Roselmack - TF1 journalist.
- Bruno Latour - french philosopher
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