A national foundation (the national foundation Cité internationale universitaire de Paris) ensures overall coordination and manages common services, as well as the houses not attached to a country or school. Specific foundations manage the houses directly attached to a country or a school. The board of directors of the national foundation includes five representatives of the college of presidents of these autonomous foundations. Within the national foundation, as with the specific foundations, the Chancellery of the Universities of Paris has a special place. All of the Cité internationale’s assets belong to the Universités de Paris, represented by the chancellery.
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 Guillaume Tronchet, 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 college of foundations recognised as being of public utility meets at least once a year with the president of the national foundation and its delegate general to find out about projects underway at the Cité internationale. It is also the place where the sensitivities, concerns and appreciations of the different states can be expressed. Another body, the directors’ conference, brings together the directors of the houses and services every month to discuss campus life and coordinate joint projects.
All the houses are managed by directors, usually university professors or diplomatic staff from the countries they represent. They are responsible for the smooth running of their house and for the cultural life of the house. They are the privileged interlocutors of the residents, in whose selection they have participated, and they ensure their good integration and the quality of their academic and personal stay.
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.
The Cité internationale is an important tool for the international influence of higher education establishments in all of Île-de-France.
Guillaume Tronchet is General Delegate of the national foundation Cité internationale universitaire de Paris. He has been appointed on 9 January 2023 by a joint decision of the president of the board of directors of the national foundation and the rector of the Île-de-France academic region, rector of the Paris academy, chancellor of the universities of Paris and Île-de-France.
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 is composed of 25 members, 5 of whom constitute the bureau.
Conceived after the First World War, the Cité internationale universitaire de Paris brings together young talents from all over the world in one place. By promoting living together, exchanges and understanding of a rich and complex world, it contributes to raising awareness and making sense of the world. The Cité internationale’s commitments are based on 3 pillars: encouraging the mobility of the world’s youth and access to knowledge, promoting solidarity and humanist values and acting for a sustainable world.
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.