When it was founded in 1811 the Grenoble University College of Science boasted an impressive faculty of…three professors! Who would have guessed that two centuries later it would be one of the world’s premier institutions of higher education in the sciences? Today the college—renamed Université Joseph Fourier—specializes in science, technology, and healthcare. With a student body of 17,400 and a faculty of 1,500, UJF is one of the world’s top 200 centers for science education. It is also a driving force behind the future University of Grenoble and will be a flagship member of the 61,000-student mega-institution.
UJF will mark its bicentennial with a number of events throughout December, including an exhibit retracing the university’s history, focusing on the people who shaped the institution, its growth over the years, and the ties that bind the university to the local economy—topics that are still of great interest today!