Université Gustave Eiffel will take over all the mandates of its constituent institutions. This means it will take on the role of a "traditional" university, participating in the public service of higher education (Education Code, article L123-3):
- initial and lifelong continuing education;
- scientific and technological research, disseminating and capitalising on its findings for the benefit of society;
- guidance, social advancement and professional integration;
- dissemination of humanist culture, in particular through the development of the human and social sciences and scientific, technical and industrial knowledge;
- participation in the construction of the European Higher Education and Research Area;
- international co-operation.
These tasks are primarily carried out in the area surrounding Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée (UPEM), and will eventually be extended to the various sites that host this "national university" (Lyon, Bordeaux, Marseille, Nantes, Lille, etc.), in coordination with the local universities. The aim is to conduct high-quality research for the benefit of society, to offer training courses that are geared to the socio-economic world and to support public policies.
Université Gustave Eiffel also takes over the role of IFSTTAR, the French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks. This was a public scientific and technological establishment placed under the joint authority of the Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition and the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. Université Gustave Eiffel therefore also acts as a targeted research organisation: carrying out or commissioning, directing, leading and evaluating research, development and innovation in the fields of urban engineering, civil engineering and building materials, natural hazards, mobility of people and goods, systems and means of transport and their safety, infrastructures, and their use and impacts, considered from a technical, economic, social, health, energy, environmental and human point of view.
Université Gustave Eiffel's role is thus to conduct fundamental and applied research, methodological studies and develop tests and prototypes, to provide expert appraisal and consulting services, and to disseminate and promote its research findings, in particular through technical regulations and standardisation, technical support, technology transfer and certification. Its work is conducted to a large extent in the framework of international collaboration and institutional, academic or industrial partnerships.
Finally, the University will take over the roles of its four founding educational institutions (three engineering schools and a school of architecture). In its own field, each of these offers high-level training in the cutting-edge skills expected in professional circles, based on the totality of the university’s research strengths, which are themselves structured around areas of research and expertise.