In the 16th century silk production and the printing industry both developed at the expense of learning.
It would be 1839 before a chair of Commercial Law was created by the municipal council and the chamber of commerce.
The vote on the higher education law of 10 July 1896 legally defined all faculty groupings as French universities.
Universities Lyon 1 and Lyon 2 were created in the second half of the 20th century.
In 1973 Lumière - Lyon 2 University was split in two.
Jean Moulin - Lyon 3 University was thus created, choosing Professor Henri Roland as its first Vice-chancellor.