Blaise Pascal University

Blaise Pascal University (French: Université Blaise-Pascal), also known as Université Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand II or just Clermont-Ferrand II, is a public university with its main campus on 53 acres (210,000 m2) in Clermont-Ferrand, France, with satellite locations in other parts of the region of Auvergne, including Vichy, Moulins, Montlucon, and Aubière.

It was founded in 1854, as part of Clermont Ferrand University, but was not named Blaise Pascal University until 1987. It is named for mathematician, scientist, and philosopher Blaise Pascal, who was born in Clermont.

For the 2009-2010 academic year, the university had an enrollment of 14400 students, of which nearly 2000 were foreign students. Additionally, it had 970 research professors between its multiple campuses. Students may choose from among 250 degrees and programs.

It offers bachelor's, master, and doctorate degrees in Arts and Humanities, Engineering, Language and Cultural Studies, and Science and Technology. It also offers bachelor's or master degrees in Business and Social Science.

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