The University of Corsica Pasquale Paoli is located on an island of 340 000 inhabitants in the heart of the Mediterranean, in Europe. Founded in 1765, then reopened in 1981, the University of Corsica is a training and research structure anchored in its territory, in direct contact with the major local, national and international issues. With a deliberately multidisciplinary range of courses, the institution has chosen to concentrate its research on niches of excellence recognised at the highest level.
The scientific identity of the University of Corsica is based on multidisciplinary projects approved by the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), one of the most renowned French public research institutions in the world. The projects combine basic and applied research with a view to territorial development and lead to concrete achievements with high added value, such as the Stella Mare marine platform and the Myrte Paglia-Orba solar platform.
Due to its exceptional Mediterranean environment, research at the University of Corsica also focuses on :
- the management and development of fresh or marine waters, biodiversity, aquaculture and sustainable fishing;
- the production and storage of renewable solar and hydrogen energies;
- the development of Mediterranean natural resources, aromatic and medicinal plants, heritage agri-food products (e.g. olive oil, citrus fruit, honey);
- sustainable development;
- the study of wildfires for the protection of people, property and the environment and land use planning;
- modelling and artificial intelligence for territorial development and establishment of a smart city concept;
- virology, epidemiological and genetic surveillance and research on infectious diseases in the Mediterranean, both human and animal;
- modelling of the economic development of territories;
- comparative law in the Mediterranean, digital law.
The University of Corsica also plays an essential role in the development, protection, promotion and transmission of the identity, language, culture, heritage and crafts of its territory.
In terms of training, the University of Corsica Pasquale Paoli offers more than 100 multidisciplinary diplomas at undergraduate, bachelor, licence, post-graduate and doctorate levels, delivered by 8 faculties, institutes and schools. The constant interest in the integration of its 5,000 students is based on training courses with a high professional content, in line with the major development issues of its territory: digital, entrepreneurship, international trade, environmental engineering and renewable energies, audio-visual and communication, economics and business management, sustainable tourism, law, teaching, literature, languages, art, civil engineering, health, etc.
The University of Corsica is strongly committed to international mobility and encourages its students to develop a genuine culture of mobility. More than 60 different nationalities are welcomed on campus.
The University of Corsica also organises or hosts high-level international meetings throughout the year, in particular at its Institute of Scientific Studies in Cargèse (University of Corsica/CNRS/University of Côte d’Azur), where 2000 participants from all over the world meet each year.
Through the initiative of the University of Corsica, 28 island universities from all over the world (Mediterranean, Northern Europe, Atlantic Europe, Indian Ocean, Africa, Caribbean, North America, Oceania and Asia) have joined forces within the RETI international network, in order to create a common space for scientific and academic exchanges from the islands and about themes associated with insularity.