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University of Perpignan Via Domitia
Université de Perpignan Via Domitia
Active 1349—1794 reestablished 1979
Type Public
President Jean Benkhelil
Vice-president Albert Lourde
Catherine Goyet
Fabrice Lorente
Aubin Mboumba
Students 10 038
Location Perpignan, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Campus Perpignan
Narbonne, Carcassonne, Font-Romeu, Mende & Tautavel

The University of Perpignan Via Domitia (Université de Perpignan Via Domitia), also known as UPVD, is a French university, located in Perpignan.


Historical university

The first university of Perpignan was established in 1349 by King Peter IV of Aragon. It never became an important center, affected by the far more influential University of Toulouse and University of Montpellier.

Peter IV, having conquered in 1344 the town of Perpignan and reunited to his estates the Kingdom of Majorca, of which Perpignan was the capital, compensated that city for its loss of power by founding, at the request of the magistrates, 20 March, 1349, the University of Perpignan, for the teaching of civil and canon law, and other arts and sciences. In the charter he praised "the deep learning of the professors of Perpignan".

By the Bull of 28 November, 1379, the antipope Clement VII confirmed the foundation and privileges, and the university, in a petition addressed to him in 1393, declared him its founder: "Pater et Genitor". In 1381 John I of Aragon, son of Peter IV, granted permission to the city authorities to build the university near the royal castle. The institution spread in Perpignan an atmosphere of learning, the study of law being specially developed. Theology was taught there during the first years of the fourteenth century, but it was not until 21 July, 1447, that the faculty of theology was created by a Bull of Pope Nicholas V and it did not receive its statutes until 1459.[1]

The university of Perpignan was abolished in 1794.

Modern university

In 1971, a "University Center" was established in Perpignan and in 1979 the University became autonomous financially,administratively and educationally.


The Université de Perpignan Via Domitia offers a Master of Management and Economy specialised in Luxury Goods and Fashion Industries with Mod'Art International based in Paris. The course is designed to enable students to excel in luxury brand management. Mod'Art International

See also


  1. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia article

This article incorporates text from the public-domain Catholic Encyclopedia of 1913.



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