The last issue of the Grenoble-Isère Report covered our local schools’ performance in the most recent international engineering and business school rankings. Today, one of our universities is in the international spotlight. The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), or “Shanghai,” rankings placed Grenoble University-Université Joseph Fourier in the 151st–200th bracket for universities worldwide and in the 57th–74th bracket for universities in Europe. UJF came in 7th in France. In the more detailed rankings, UJF was in the 76th–100th bracket in both the subject-specific ranking for Physics and in the field-specific ranking for Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
These impressive rankings partially reflect the university’s far-reaching international development strategy: the 265 academic programs it offers include 25 international Master’s degree programs taught in English. UJF has also set up five international schools and has entered into agreements with 77 countries to promote student, teacher, and researcher exchange programs and facilitate the development of joint initiatives like dual-degree programs and co-supervised dissertations. Grenoble’s institutions of higher learning are working actively to develop the future Université Grenoble Alpes, which is expected to earn the French government’s Initiatives d’Excellence certification by the end of this year. The certification is part of the French government’s efforts to raise the international profile of French research and higher education—and should help push UJF even higher up in the rankings next year!