Paris-Sud University is involved in almost all fields of the knowledge except human sciences. It has five locations, namely the towns of Orsay, Sceaux, Châtenay-Malabry, Cachan, and Kremlin-Bicêtre, all in the southern suburbs of Paris.
The scientific campus at Orsay is notable both for its size (over 200 ha) and for its beauty, consisting of woods and a botanical garden with one of Europe?s most beautiful collections of camellias.
This exceptional scientific environment plays host to 12,000 students, in disciplines that are as diverse as mathematics, computer science, physics, chemistry, biology, earth and space sciences, sports science (STAPS) and music.
The campus also welcomes first year students from the Paris-Sud Medical School and some of the first and second year students from the Jean Monnet Faculty.
The Jean Monnet Faculty is a centre for training and research in the fields of law, economics and management. It has nearly 5,000 students (4,200 at Sceaux and 800 at Orsay). The Jean Monnet Faculty is renowned for the quality of its teaching and its dynamic research, articulated around three axes: new techniques and the associated legal and economic issues (including law concerning intangibles, economy and management of innovation, and developments in the field of contracts), globalisation (governance, European and international law, etc.),and individuals' rights (for example bioethics and medical ethics, genetics and human rights, human rights across the world, religions and individuals? rights).
The University also has the most recent of the Parisian medical schools with 3,400 students and 280 teaching staff on seven hospital-based sites: Bicêtre hospital (Kremlin-Bicêtre), Paul Brousse hospital (Villejuif), Antoine Béclère hospital (Clamart), Gustave-Roussy Institute (Villejuif), Marie Lannelongue surgical centre (Plessis-Robinson), the Vallée Foundation (Gentilly) and Sud Francilien hospital (Evry-Corbeil). In terms of research, it includes 6 Federative Research Institutes (FRI), 14 CNRS teams, 24 INSERM teams and 10 university-based research teams. It thus has one of the strongest scientific potentials in France.
The faculty of Pharmacy now has nearly 3,000 students on a 9 ha campus near Châtenay-Malabry. The research carried out by these research teams, is recognised by national research organisations (CNRS, INSERM, INRA) or the Ministry of Research, is organised around the federative theme of therapeutic innovation. This faculty is the biggest centre for academic research in the field of pharmacy in France. The site is also home to a Professional Education Institute (IUP): Biotechnology and bio-industry (specialised in production techniques for the food industry).