The Université Grenoble Alpes ranks among the world's best universities
The Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA) figures among the world's top universities according to the QS World University Rankings publish September 6th, 2016.
Second best university and sixth best higher education instituion in France, the UGA is also placed 206th world-wide. These rankings reflect the UGA's committment to excellence, which also recently won it pretigious national funding in the form of France's IDEX (excellence initiative) award. 

Less than a year after it was created, the UGA is already making its mark on international higher educaiton and research. The university did particularly well on one of the QS Ranking's 6 criteria -- a survey of academic reputation which counts for 40% of the final rnaking. Nearly 75,000 universities responded to this survey, on which the UGA placed 81st worldwide and 2nd in France (after the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris). 

Reactions to the Rankings from Grenoble

"In a period when many French universities are falling in the international rankings, the UGA's results this year and, we hope, in years to come, is a good sign about our recent merger and other projects to unite Grenoble's higher education and research institutions -- proketcs which involve a wide range of persons working in academics and research in the region,"
remarked Patrick Lévy, President of the COMUE Université Grenoble Alpes and IDEX project leader. 

The QS Rankings

In March 2016, QS also placed the Grenoble site in the top 100 in the specific disciplines Earth and Marine Science (UGA is 46th) and Materials Science (the INP Grenoble, Grenoble's engineering school, is in the 51-100 range). Grenoble also figured in the top 200 for Physics and Astronomy, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Chemistry, and Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

Since 2004, the British firm Quacquarelli Symonds has ranked world universities using criteria which evaluate the quality of academic programs, research, and international engagement, as well as their reputation among their peers and with business and industry. For this, the 13th annual ranking, 3,800 institutions were considered, and 916 were ranked.

Grenoble's place in the international rankings

These rankings follow on the Shanghai rankings published in August 2016, where the UGA was ranked under the name of one of its founding members: the Université Joseph Fourier. Shanghai also places Grenoble in the top 200 world universities. The UGA and the INP Grenoble were also in the top 50 most innovative European universities according to Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Both institutions also did well in the Shanghai rankings by discipline, particularly engineering. 

Published on September 13, 2016
Updated on September 13, 2016