The University of Montpellier (French: Université de Montpellier) is a French public research university in Montpellier in south-east of France. Established in 1289 the University of Montpellier is one of the oldest of the world. The university was split into 3 universities during 45 years (the University of Montpellier 1, the University of Montpellier 2 and the Paul Valéry University Montpellier 3) between 1970 and 2015 when it was subsequently reunified by the merger of the former two, with the latter, now named Paul Valéry University Montpellier, remaining a separate entity. The university has more than 15,000 students and around 1,450 members of staff. It is a multidisciplinary university with eight faculties and a particular focus on sciences and technological research.