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A unique institution in the French university and institutional landscape

A National Foundation (the National Foundation of the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris) ensures complete coordination and manages shared facilities, as well as the houses that are not associated with a country or school. Specific Fondations manage the houses directly associated with a country or a school. The National Foundation’s board of directors consists of 5 representatives of the Collège des présidents and these autonomous Foundations. The Chancellery of the Universities occupies a particular place within the National Foundation, like the specific Foundations.

A federally-inspired governance

The Cité internationale universitaire de Paris is a private law foundation that was recognised as a public utility by the decree of the 6th of June 1925. It is run by a board of directors that is currently presided over by Jean-Marc Sauvé. Managed by Laurence Marion, the general delegation is made to enforce, on the President’s authority, the board of director’s resolutions and ensures conformity to its statues and donations with respect to the Cité internationale’s missions. The National Foundation ensures coordination between the different components of the Cité internationale, notably by enacting the common operating rules and by carrying out development projects or common interest projects. It also ensures the management of 21 houses (including the Fondation Lucien Paye which is a shelter) for which is has the Foundation’s responsibility and services.

Specific Foundations that are recognised as a public utility manage the 22 houses directly connected to a country or a school. There is also a house managed by a public establishment. They have the full responsibility for the operation and life of their house (budget, admission of residents, organisation), and they have the rights and obligations of property owners, notably the conservation and maintenance of the house. They are managed by their own board of directors, chaired personally by the country’s Ambassador, in the case of the country-associated buildings. A director, chosen by the council, is charged with managing the house and executing the council’s decisions.

The National Foundation’s board of directors

The Cité internationale is managed by a board of directors of which the first Vice-President is the Chancellor of the academic region of Île-de-France, Chancellor of the Académie de Paris, Chancellor of the Universities of Paris and Île-de-France. It consists of representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, of Culture and Higher Education, of Research and Innovation, of the Universities of Île-de-France, the City of Paris, the Directors of the houses and personnel; as well as 5 Presidents from the board of directors of country-associated houses, most commonly Ambassadors, and of 6 qualified people co-opted by the other members of the board of directors. Representatives of the Residents’ Bureau are also members of the administrative council. The Île-de-France region is permanently invited.

Jean-Marc Sauvé

Jean-Marc Sauvé is the President of the National Foundation of the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris. He is also the Honorary Vice-President of the Conseil d’Etat. He was unanimously elected by the board of directors on the 20th October 2017.

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The Cité internationale is an important tool for the international influence of higher education establishments in all of Île-de-France.

Jean-Marc Sauvé, President of the National Foundation of the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris.

Laurence Marion

Laurence Marion is the General Delegate of the National Foundation of the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris. She was nominated on the 11th of July 2019 by a joint decision between the president of the board of directors of the National Foundation and the Chancellor of the academic region of Île-de-France, Chancellor of the Académie de Paris and Chancellor of the universities of Paris and Île-de-France.

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The Cité internationale is a campus unlike any other. By joining it, the residents come one big family that shares their values: tolerance, respect for one another, solidarity and peace.

Laurence Marion, General Delegate of the National Foundation of the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris

Past General Delegates

Carine Camby

Carine Camby was General Delegate of the National Foundation of the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris from 2010 to 2019 before she joined the Cour des Comptes, on the 15 of july 2019.

 

Past President

Marcel Pochard

Marcel Pochard was President of the National Foundation of the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris from 2006 to 2017.

 

Commitment at the heart of our actions

Our commitments are centred around 5 pillars: living together and inclusion, welcome, social innovation, the environment and access to culture. We share these with our students to have a positive impact on society and to think about tomorrow’s world.

Strong values inherited from the founders

The Cité internationale is a campus unlike any other in the world whose values are inherited from the exceptional men and women that wanted to contribute to the construction of a peaceful world. Several generations of residents have borne and passed down these values.