Originally founded as a faculty of economics and management, Paris Dauphine University, or simply University of Paris 9, is a public research and higher education institution and is ranked among the best in France. Since its creation, Paris-Dauphine University has enjoyed considerable autonomy in terms of scientific and teaching innovations.
In 2004, Dauphine was granted the status of grand établissement, which has enabled the university to have a highly selective admissions process. While giving the university more freedom in its actions, it also allowed it to consolidate an ambitious project based on a coherent range of selective, vocationally oriented courses. The essential academic objectives of the university focus on development and valorisation of research, initial training and continuing education.