Catholic University of Lyon

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The Catholic University of Lyon (Université Catholique de Lyon), also known as the Catholic Institute of Lyon (Institut catholique de Lyon), is a private university based in Lyon, France.


The Catholic University of Lyon has stood at the confluence of the Saône and Rhône Rivers in the center of Lyon since its founding. Its creation in 1875 was initiated by lay Catholics following passage of a law on the freedom of higher education. Inaugural classes began in 1877.

Since 2005, the Catholic University of Lyon has been located on two campuses that are close to each other in the center city:

The Bellecour Campus houses the Faculties of Theology, Philosophy, Language and Literature and Science, together with the rectorate, the university administration, central university services, the Department of Humanities and the 'Lyon Polytechnic Institute'.

The Carnot Campus houses all the Faculty of Law, Economics and Social Science, including ESDES business School, and the ESTRI School of Translation and international relations.

The actual rector is the theologian Michel Quesnel. Since September the 1st of 2011, it will be the physician and theologian the Reverend Father Thierry Magnin.

Facts and Figures

  • 6,500 students, including 1300 from abroad
  • 200 permanent teaching staff
  • 100 administrative staff
  • 5 Faculties : Law, Economics and Social Science, Language and Literature, Philosophy and Humanities, Science and Theology

Three types of courses

  • Traditional university courses with European model pathways in
    • Law
    • Psychology
    • Literature
    • Theology
    • Philosophy
  • Professionally oriented courses at its 'schools':
    • ESDES Business School
    • ESTRI School of Translation and International Relations
    • ESQESE School of Environmental Quality and Safety
    • ESTBB School of Biochemistry and Biology Technicians
    • IFTAB Training School for Laboratory Technicians
    • ESSEP BIO School for Professional Applications in Biotechnology
  • Specific courses at training centres and research laboratories
    • Institute of French Language and Culture (ILCF)
    • Pierre Gardette Institute, which promotes the languages and cultures of the Rhône-Alpes region
    • Lyon Institute of Human Rights (IDHL)
    • Pastoral Institute for Religious studies (IPER)
    • Institute of Family Science (ISF)
    • International Centre for Local development studies (CIEDEL)
    • Interdisciplinary Centre for Ethics (CIE)

University Library

  • The main library on the Bellecour Campus contains 200,000 books and 2,000 journals in the areas of philosophy, history, literature, humanities, natural science and theology.
  • The Documentary Resources centre on the Carnot Campus is specialised in law, business management, languages, family science, human rights and local development.

The library belongs to the SUDOC network ('Service Universitaire de Documentation') which interconnects with some 3,000 libraries elsewhere in France.

See also

  • Education in France
  • List of modern universities in Europe (1801–1945)


External links

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