The University of Bordeaux is a public scientific, cultural and professional institution. Run by a President elected from within its executive board, it is made up of governing bodies and administrative components and departments.


The Presidence is made up of the President (elected for 4 years by the members of the executive board) and Vice-Presidents. The President has the overall responsibility of running the university along with the help of the Vice-Presidents according to their specific functions.

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Manuel Tunon de Lara, President of the University of Bordeaux

A doctor of medicine, specializing in pneumology, doctor of science, university professor and hospital practitioner, Manuel Tunon de Lara was elected as the first President of the University of Bordeaux on the 17th January 2014.

Spanish by origin – as his name suggests – and a citizen of Bordeaux by adoption, Manuel Tunon de Lara grew up in Paris before moving to Pau. The son of a well-known historian, he was interested from a young age in natural and medical sciences and studied medicine in Bordeaux from 1975 to 1983. As a hospital intern, he specialized in respiratory diseases and followed the hospital and university course that led him to become senior registrar then a university professor and hospital practitioner in 1994.

Alongside his medical training, Manuel Tunon de Lara completed his course with a PhD in life sciences in Paris (at the Paris Descartes University and the Institut Pasteur), then with post-doctoral studies at the University of Southampton in Great Britain.

Having become a well-known specialist in the field of asthma and allergies, he developed his research work on the mechanisms of bronchial hyperreactivity in an INSERM unit, which has now become a cardio-thoracic research center. At the same time, he does clinical work at the Bordeaux Teaching Hospital, in the respiratory diseases department, which he runs. Manuel Tunon de Lara has written a number of scientific publications and is also an expert for various French and international medical and scientific reviews, as well as for various universities and research and health agencies in France and abroad.

A humanist with an open outlook, a wealth of international experience and a knowledge of foreign universities, Professor Tunon de Lara was particularly committed to the international aspects of the University of Bordeaux 2. As the leader of a project focusing on the construction of the Bordeaux site, he was elected President of the Bordeaux Segalen University in 2008, then re-elected in 2012. During his terms of office, he led the project to set up the Bordeaux University Foundation and coordinated future investment projects, including the excellence initiative, labelled as one of the top three projects in France.

Central councils

The legislative power at the university is in the hands of the central councils - the executive board and the academic council - whose members are elected by the academic community. These committees are chaired by the President of the university.

The executive board decides on the institution’s policy.

Made up of 80 elected members divided into 2 committees (the research committee and the training and academic life committee), the academic council ensures that there is consistency and coordination between the training and research policies.


The administrative structure has been divided into 7 divisions and 3 major departments based on grouping by theme, administrative simplification, proximity and the quality of the service rendered. These divisions are designed as coordination and leadership structures and are to be found at every level: colleges, departments and campus administration centres.

Updated on 01/02/2017