Jean Moulin University Lyon 3

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University Lyon III

Jean Moulin University Lyon III (Université Jean Moulin Lyon III) is a French public university, based in Lyon. It is under the supervision of the Academy of Lyon. A total of 22,500 students study there for a three-to-eight-year degree.


University Lyon-III was established in the early 1970s (July 26, 1973), a division of teachers following the events of May 68 that rocked the academic world. There are also departments of geography-planning, the engineer of the countryside in Annecy and history, and a faculty of philosophy with more than 90 doctoral students.

The university has steadily expanded its international relations and has relations with universities in various countries.

Because of the politically extreme right tendencies of some of its lecturers, the university has been accused in the 1980s and 1990s to be complacent with regard to theses deniers, anti-Semitic and racist. The Report on racism and Holocaust denial at the University Jean Moulin-Lyon III, prepared under the direction of Henry Rousso at the request of the Minister of Education and released in October 2004, showed that the number of teachers was limited.

The management of the University by its president for the 1997-2002 period is the subject of judicial and disciplinary procedures.


The university is located on three different campuses: the first one, called "Les Quais", is by the Rhône (river), the second, called "Manufacture des Tabacs" in the SE part of Lyon, and the last one in Bourg-en-Bresse (Ain department).


  • School of Law
  • School of Business (IAE, Institut d'Administration des Entreprises)
  • School of Foreign Languages
  • School of Literature
  • School of Philosophy

School of Law

The Faculty of Law of Lyon celebrates 130 years with its rival, the University Lyon-II. Largest center for law students from the city of Lyon, it has all the legal training of the first year Degree tray until 8 (or more). It is renowned especially for research of history of law and family law and for the Master 2 business and financial engineering ranked 6th among the best master's degrees in business law and finance by SMBG. The Faculty of law also proposes the preparation of master 2 business law and taxation coupled with the degree of legal council (DJCE). Under the near Lyon, the Law School of Lyon-III is a member of the graduate school creates common at the beginning of 2007-2008 between the University of Lyon-II, III and Lyon-Saint-Étienne.

The Law School also includes a team of political science (international relations oriented).

School of foreign languages

The Faculty of Languages of Lyon-III includes studies in foreign languages and civilizations (the LCE), learning of foreign literature, civilization, history of language, his system.

Foreign languages:

  • German
  • English
  • Arabic
  • Chinese Madarin
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Russian.

There is also the opportunity to study applied foreign languages.

School of literature

The Faculty of Arts and Civilizations of Lyon competition and works in concert with the University Lyon-II and the "École Normale Supérieure Lettres et Sciences Humaines" de Lyon.

It offers students studying literature and modern classics. Student civilization: history, geography and development and information and communication IUP.

In support of the Education (CAPES, CAFEP and aggregates), students of the Faculty get more than 70% success rate.

School of Philosophy

The Faculty of Philosophy of Lyon-III offers a specialization in aesthetics (DEA study systems - reference architecture and urban), a postgraduate museology and new media and in ethics (philosophy of life).


  • Régis Debray,
  • Jean-Jacques Wunenburger
  • Jean-Claude Beaune
  • Jean-Pierre Ginisti
  • François Guéry
  • Bruno Pinchard
  • Bimbenet Etienne
  • Jean-Joël Duhot, etc..

School of business

The IAE, standing for Institut d'Administration des Entreprises (Institute of Business Administration), is the school of business of the Jean Moulin University Lyon3. Also known as the IAE of Lyon, its main campus is located in the historical complex of the “Manufacture des Tabacs” in the heart of Lyon, France.

Founded in 1956 the IAE of Lyon has 6300 students in 2007 (including 2000 in postgraduate studies), accounting for more than 28% of the 22,300 students at Lyon 3 University.

In addition to the 144 full-time professors at the IAE, 400 executives from private, external companies contribute to the education.

The various courses offered in 2008 include four Bachelor degrees (Licence), eight professional Bachelor degrees (Licence professionnelles), nine Masters degrees (with 40 specializations) and preparatory courses for the chartered accountants examination.

The IAE of Lyon is one of the top French universities for research and training in management. The school is highly internationalized and has an alumni network of 30,000 former students throughout the world.

Notable alumni

  • Frantz Fanon, psychiatrist, philosopher, revolutionary and writer whose work is influential in the field of post-colonial studies. Student of the Philosophy school in the 50's*.
  • Dominique Perben, former minister of justice (2002-2005), and minister of transportation (2005-2007).
  • Walid Phares, Lebanese-American scholar and analyst for MSNBC.
  • Sylvie Tellier, French model and Miss France 2002.
  • Anne Hidalgo, French politician.
  • Dominique Dord, member of the National Assembly of France.
  • Gwei Lun-mei, Taiwanese actress.
  • Michel Havard, member of the National Assembly of France.

(*prior the division of the University of Lyon).

Notable faculty

  • Gilles Deleuze, French philosopher. Taught at the School of Philosophy from 1965-69*.
  • Régis Debray, French intellectual, journalist, government official and professor.
  • Maurice Merleau-Ponty, French phenomenological philosopher*.
  • Michel Mercier, French politician.
  • Bruno Gollnisch, vice-president of the National Front, and currently member of the European Parliament (since 1989).
  • Patrick Louis, vice-president of the Movement for France, and currently member of the European Parliament (since 2004).
  • Bernard Lugan, specialist of Africa, and expert witness for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

(*prior the division of the University of Lyon).


The biggest school in terms of number of students is the Business School (IAE) with 35% of the students. Then comes the School of Law (26%), the School of Foreign Languages (16%) and the School of Literature (13%). Other students attend the School of Philosophy, or programs such as professional short-term degrees. [2005 figures]

See also


  • List of public universities in France by academy

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