The Université Paris-Saclay was designed in 2019 to develop the continuum of knowledge from fundamental to applied sciences at a level unprecedented in France, emphasising interdisciplinarity and openness to the world. It is the successor to the University of Paris-Sud-XI, founded on 1 January 1971, and its aim is to advance knowledge of the major issues facing society through research of the highest international standard. Université Paris-Saclay provides students with a forward-looking educational framework and content. Ongoing interaction between laboratories and socio-economic players enables the results of cutting-edge research to be transformed into innovations.

The nineteen founding institutions bring to Université Paris-Saclay the strengths for which they are renowned: a close link between education and research, laboratories and major research facilities of international standards, an international reputation for engineering and management courses, and a wide range of high-level courses.

This programme, funded by IDEX Paris-Saclay in addition to the resources provided by the partners, will support the creation of MOOCs and SPOCs for the University's students, as well as continuing education courses for the socio-economic world, with which there are already strong contacts.