Found in 1991, the University of Cergy-Pontoise (UCP) is a public teaching and research institute located in the small French town of Cergy-Pontoise.
The town is part of the Val-d'Oise neighbourhood near Paris, meaning UCO is one of 17 national universities with premises residing within 30 km of Paris city centre.
The University of Cergy-Pontoise has six campuses called Les Chênes, Saint-Martin, Neuville-sur-Oise, Gennevilliers, Argenteuil and Sarcelles. It is a multidisciplinary university with nine faculties and institutes. There are 22 national research laboratories and two national excellence laboratories at the institution.
UCP is noted for its extensive research in the field of material sciences, technology of embedded intelligence, law and political science.
The institution has entered into more than 300 partnership agreements with about 240 foreign higher educational institutions across Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.
Thousands of foreign students attend UCP each year within the framework of various exchange programmes, including Erasmus and Crepuq, while bilateral partnership agreements have been reached with universities in Brazil, China, Japan, Korea, Russia, the United States and Vietnam.