The Université de Toulouse gathers many research and Higher Education Institutions. It was create by bringing toghether the 6 Toulouse founding organisations authorized to deliver a national PhD diploma, namely:
The Doctoral Schools are all members of the Research and PhD Office of the Université de Toulouse: 15 Doctoral Schools representing a research potential of 5300 Scientists (cf.: INSEE, 2007) , 4300 PhD students, and 900 PhD awarded per year.
The internationally-renowned research centres of Toulouse Midi-Pyrénées attract young researchers from all over the world. Around 900 PhD are awarded annually and at least one third of the PhD students population come from abroad.
Many research centres at Midi-Pyrénées work in the fields of the sciences and medicine, investigating materials and the mechanisms of life, considering issues of major importance for our societies and developing industrial and technological applications.
The humanities play an important role in the international importance of Midi-Pyrénées, with work in a wide variety of fields, including economics, archaeology, history, linguistics, cognitive psychology and public policy on the environment and urban planning.
Expanding the regional economy, four globally-important research clusters combine the strengths of academic and industrial research: "Aeronautics, space and embedded systems", "Cancer-Bio-Health", "Agrimip-innovation" and "Water".
Exchanges between the university and industry are facilitated through a wide range of events. Researchers receive legal and technical support to fulfil their contracts, apply for patents and set up innovative new companies.
The research centres work with numerous cutting-edge companies in the Toulouse-Midi-Pyrénées region, including Freescale, Siemens, VDO, Actia, Thales, Alcatel, Astrium, airbus, Latécoère, Pierre Fabre and Sanofi Adventis.