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Université de Lyon 2020 - A world-class university at the heart of innovation

A world-class university at the heart of innovation

For several years, the higher education and research institutions of the Lyon Saint-Étienne site have been involved in a collaborative and structuring process for the site. The aim of the "Université de Lyon 2020" project is to create a world-class, inclusive and multidisciplinary institution, known as the “Target University”.

The ambition of this new university is to be recognised among the best world-class universities for a multidisciplinary academic project, and as an innovator in France. Its missions meet the expectations of students and all stakeholders: high-quality diplomas, close links between training and research, student employability, research performance, innovation and socio-economic partnerships.


  • 1st semester 2020 Creation of the Target University
  • December 2019 Statutes voted by the institutions
  • November 2019 Presentation to the IDEX jury, aiming at the confirmation of the label
  • Fall 2019 Strategic Plan voted by the institutions
  • December 2018 Signing of the IDEXLYON consortium agreement
  • December 2017 Signing of the ANR convention
  • July 2017 1st SAB meeting
  • February 2017 IDEX label awarded
  • 2016 IDEXLYON response to the call for projects