University of Caen Normandy

University of Caen Normandy
Université de Caen Normandie
Latin: Universitatis Cadomensis
Former names
University of Caen
Established 1432
Endowment €185,164,267
Budget €237,157,692
President Pierre Denise[1]
Academic staff
Students 26,000[2]
Location Caen, France

The University of Caen Normandy (UNICAEN; French: Université de Caen Normandie) is a university in Caen in Normandy, France.


John of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Bedford, founder of the University

The institution was founded in 1432[3] by John of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Bedford, the first rector being a Cornishman, Michael Tregury, afterwards Archbishop of Dublin.[4] It originally consisted of a faculty of Canon Law and a faculty of Law. By 1438, it already had five faculties. The foundation was confirmed by the King of France Charles VII the Victorious in 1452.

On July 7, 1944, during the Battle for Caen, the university was totally destroyed by aerial bombing. Reconstruction began in 1948, the new university was inaugurated on June 1 and 2, 1957. Its logo, the mythical Phoenix, symbolises this revival.[5]

Notable alumni


See also


  2. En 1957, l'université comptait 4 000 étudiants ; ils sont 26 004 en 2015.
  3. Fondée en 1432 par le roi d'Angleterre Henri VI.
  4. C.A. Dubray (1908). "University of Caen". The Catholic Encyclopedia. III. Robert Appleton Company. Retrieved 2008-02-07.
  5. l'entrée du campus I, le Phénix, que la légende fait mourir dans les flammes et renaître de ses cendres, symbolise ce renouveau de l'université.

Coordinates: 49°11′26″N 0°21′52″W / 49.1906°N 0.3644°W / 49.1906; -0.3644

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