The UNICAEN was founded in 1432 by John of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Bedford, the first rector being a Cornishman, Michael Tregury, afterwards Archbishop of Dublin. 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, the university was completely destroyed by aerial bombing during Operation Charnwood, an action of the Battle of Caen. Between 1944 and 1954, the university was based in the buildings of the regional teachers’ college. A new campus was designed by Henry Bernard and constructed between 1948 and 1957. The new university was inaugurated on 1 and 2 June 1957. Its logo, the mythical Phoenix, symbolises this revival.
UNICAEN is a major player of and a driving force for the development of higher education and research in Normandy. It welcomes more than 29,000 students on several campuses in the Caen conurbation and in the regions of Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, Alençon, Lisieux, Saint-Lô and Vire.
At UNICAEN, treat yourself to all of the Normandy region’s advantages such as the coastline, proximity to the United Kingdom, a fast and easy access to Paris and cultural & attractive sporting activities. The Region also has a strong cultural tradition that is illustrated both by major international events (celebrations of the Normandy Landing of the Second World War, international equestrian competitions, the Grande Armada,…) and by the diversity of its heritage (Mont Saint Michel – 8th wonder of the world, Château de Caen, the Memorial for Peace, impressionist painting,…).
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