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University of Rennes 1
Motto La volonté de progresser, d'innover, d'entreprendre
The will to progress, innovate, and undertake
Established 1970
Type Public
Endowment 90 000 000 €
President Guy Cathelineau
Faculty 1 619
Students 24 952
Location Rennes, Brittany, France
Campus Rennes, Lannion, Saint-Brieuc, Saint-Malo
Website (French)

The University of Rennes 1 is one of the two main universities in the city of Rennes, France. It is under the Academy of Rennes. It specializes in science, technology, law, economy, management and philosophy. The University of Rennes 1 has been in existence since 1969, but its heritage stems back to the days of the Breton university founded in 1461. There are currently about 22,000 students enrolled, with about 1600 members of teaching staff and 940 other staff members employed by the university. [1]




Creation of the University of Brittany

Asked by Francis II, Duke of Brittany, the Pope created the first university of Brittany in Nantes in 1460 . It taught arts, medicine, law, and theology. In 1728, the mayor of Nantes, Gérard Mellier, asked that the university be moved to Rennes, Nantes being more trade orientated. The Law school was thus moved the Rennes in 1730. This city already had the Parliament of Brittany, it was thus more suited to have this School. In 1793 the French Revolution closed all universities. It is not before 1806 that the Law school reopened in Rennes.

Development of the faculties in Rennes

Former Palais Universitaire of the University of Rennes, actual city' museum of arts

In 1808, Napoleon I reorganized the universities in France, creating the University of France. From the 2 original cities housing the University of Brittany, only Rennes was included in this University. Nantes had to wait until 1970 to have again its university. In 1810 a faculty of letters opened, which gathered in 1835 five schools (French literature, foreign literature, antic literature, history, and philosophy). The science faculty opened still in Rennes in 1840. Those 3 faculties remained without clear boundaries between them until 1885 with the creation of a "Conseil des facultés" which took in 1896 the name of University of Rennes. In the middle of the 19th century, they were gathered in the Palais Universitaire, located currently in the Quai Émile Zola, but were then scattered downtown. The faculty of law and the faculty of letter were thus relocated in 1909 in the Séminaire, located currently in the Place Hoche.

Creation of the University of Rennes 1

In 1969, in order to enforce the growth of French universities, a law was passed, splitting the University of Rennes into two new entities. This new university took the name of 'University of Rennes 1'. The Beaulieu neighborhood was then still in development, building housing facilities for students, along with other university facilities. In the east of the city, Beaulieu gathers sciences and philosophy. In the west, the Villejean neighborhood gathers Schools of Foreign Languages, Arts, Human Sciences and Social Sciences. Rennes I University's School of Medicine, is located on the edge of Villejean campus, but also on Brittany's largest hospital center, Pontchaillou.


Most of the university's 1.64 km² of grounds lie within the city boundary of Rennes, but it has other sites dotted around Brittany. The three main campuses are in Beaulieu (in the east of Rennes), Villejean (in the north-west of Rennes) and a central campus. There are other sites in Lannion, Saint-Brieuc, Saint-Malo, Fougères and Dinard; some research centers in Monterfil, Paimpont and the isle of Bailleron; and a museum owned by the university in Penmarch.

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Most of the article was translated from the French Wikipedia

  1. ^ Université de Rennes 1 - Présentation
  2. ^ "Former Tahiti President Alexandre Léontieff died at age 60". Tahitipresse. 2003-03-03.  

Coordinates: 48°07′05″N 1°38′17″W / 48.1179756°N 1.6379929°W / 48.1179756; -1.6379929


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