Le Mans Université

PrésentationLe Mans Université: Our values, our commitment

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Le Mans University is a proud and committed advocate for authenticity, selflessness and sharing.

Le Mans University is very conscious of its history and its role both as a social ladder and a socio-economic stakeholder in the region.

Le Mans University reaffirms its ambition: excellence, success for all and personal fulfilment for each individual.



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If you are curious…

To get to know us better, read through this text, which translates who we are and the ambition that we have for everyone here.


Be it today or tomorrow,
You must remain unique and cultivate your difference.
Don’t believe those who tell you:
You don’t count.
We are absolutely certain
Excellence and fulfillment exist…
You can hope that
The University will offer you everything,
Don’t imagine that
Your possibilities are limited.
You can gaze upon the future with ambition!
Stop imagining, stop thinking that
Success isn’t within your reach,
We can assure you.


Read it again, this time from bottom to top, to discover… who we will never be.

Le Mans Université, Non-Stop Movement!

Students better prepared for the world of work

Le Mans Université is constantly aware of the changing nature of the job market, and so regularly innovates and adapts its teaching methods and its course content. Numerous professionals contribute to the elaboration of the courses and to the delivery
of the classes themselves, at all levels (technological institute degrees, professional degrees, masters, and engineering specialties) or conferences.

Half of all students are registered in a professionalising specialisation course.

A university in synergy with the business world

As an important figure in the planning and development of the region, Le Mans Université every day shows its willingness to develop and increase its partnerships with the local, regional, national and international socio-economic environment, each day. The University has developed a Research, Innovation, Science and Society Directorate (Direction de la Recherche, Innovation, Sciences et Société - DRIS), promoting innovation, technology transfer and the know-how of our laboratories to firms; a department to help people enter the professional world; and a department of continuing education to respond to the training needs of businesses and individuals.

Understanding the stakes of international concerns

International students make up 17,6% of the university’s student body, allowing Le Mans Université to demonstrate its openness to the wider world and its attractiveness on an
international scale (national average: 13%). Every year, more and more students from around the world come to Le Mans to discover the assets of the University and to help it shine.

100 nationalities represented


+260 partnerships with international institutions


2 200 international students


600 staff mobility periods per year are carried out abroad

Le Mans Université, you are our ambition!

Our ambition?  Success for everyone!

With us, you will never be just a number amongst other numbers. Le Mans Université has made the choice of ambition, success and development for all. Which is why we do everything in our power to allow students and working people access to higher education thanks to a wide offer of multidisciplinary training courses, innovative teaching methods and individualized accompaniment. What you learn in the classroom is based on quality research carried out in our internationally-renowned laboratories.

Together, let’s see things differently...

With over 1250 lecturers, professors, researchers, engineers and administrative and technical support staff, and hundreds of different courses, Le Mans Université has adopted an approach aimed at lifelong personal and professional fulfillment for everyone: undergraduate and graduate students, adult learners, vocational training, even study abroad.

Underlying a quality education is the University’s ongoing commitment to the use of state-of-the-art individually-tailored pedagogical tools:  distance learning, on-line resources, projects teaching, one-to-one tutoring…

As a major actor in social advancement and professional integration, as well as in research and innovation, Le Mans Université is an active participant in the economic, social and cultural development of the region, thus reinforcing the University’s influence and attractiveness.


40 years of existence


2 campuses Le Mans & Laval


1 250 members of staff


12 500 students

One University, multiple opportunities.

Reinforcing the link amongst research, training and innovation

The University develops diverse and quality research activities connected to its laboratories which are responsive to the essential questions of today’s world. These laboratories, including several associated with the CNRS, are nationally and internationally recognized.

As part of its core strategy, Le Mans Université has created thematic and/or interdisciplinary institutes aimed at fostering a three-way synergy:  research, training and innovation (scientific and educational).

Our research topics are varied: acoustics, computer science, languages and literatures, molecules and materials, risk and insurance, management, law, social and human sciences, biology, sports and health…

A range of training courses for all stages of life

Le Mans Université proposes training courses for everyone: undergraduate students, continuing education students, distance learners, work-linked trainees, those in employment and those seeking employment. These training courses take place in six faculties:

  • The Faculty of Sciences and Technology
  • The Faculty of Literature, Languages and Social Sciences
  • The Faculty of Law, Economic Sciences and Management (with a Law School branch in Laval)  
  • The National School of Engineering of Le Mans (ENSIM)
  • The Technological Institute of Le Mans
  • The Technological Institute of Laval

Le Mans Université opens the way  to success for its students. Research, training and innovation are our missions; authenticity, altruism and sharing make up our DNA.


+ 1/3 of our degrees are available to work-linked training


730 students in distance learning


270 PhD students


580 researchers and research professors

Our history

15 December 1944: having been bombed during the war, the University of Caen relocated its first courses after the Liberation to rue des Boucheries. This marked the beginning of university education in the Le Mans region.

1960: creation of the University Scientific College, established at the Montesquieu lycée (school).
One original aspect of Le Mans University is the original and close connection between research and training. The founding fathers in the sciences (Pinazzi – Zarembowitch) were convinced that research was an essential driver for the development of higher education. Research activities were launched at the same time as the teaching programmes.

1963: opening of the School of Law, rue Montbarbet in Le Mans (agreement with the University of Caen).
First law courses relocated to Laval.

1965: creation of the University Literary College, on the hill of Vaurouzé (the current Le Mans Campus), 35 hectares of land in the countryside which included both educational buildings and farms.
The initial desire to build a single and outlying campus was a choice made in order to promote synergies between the various teaching areas and minimise travel and costs (building maintenance, car parks, etc.).

1967: creation of Le Mans UIT (University Institute of Technology), among the top ten UITs in France.
From outset the University has understood the need to provide vocational training to its students. Le Mans UIT has trained many stakeholders in the local economy and has helped to forge a tradition of openness to the socio-economic world.
A vocational orientation was soon added to the courses offered by the faculties in order to offer leading-edge training courses which could create jobs and attract new audiences.
Creation of the first university residence.

1969: creation of the University Centre of Le Mans, a branch of the University of Caen.

1st October 1977: creation by decree of the University of Le Mans, referred to as University of Maine, with full university status. President:François Dornic.

1978: creation of the Centre Universitaire d’Education Permanente (CUEP) - University Centre for Continuing Education (currently the Department for Continuing Education).
In the 1980s, the sporting policy of the institution had great success. The University was ranked first among French universities in this area during the 1980s.

1995: creation of the Ecole Nationale Superieure d'Ingénieurs du Mans (ENSIM) - Le Mans National School of Engineering.

1997: creation of the UIT of Laval (1st department opened in Laval in 1988, branch of the Le Mans UIT).

1st September 2017: on the 40th anniversary of its creation the University of Maine changed its name and became Le Mans University

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