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Univ. Grenoble Alpes, ranked for the first time in the Shanghai Academic Subject Rankings of World Universities 2017, joins the top 200 world universities

on the August 16, 2017
Education, Research

The latest academic subject rankings have ranked Univ. Grenoble Alpes as France’s number one university in 7 disciplines, as well as in the top 50 best universities in the world in 8 disciplines. Overall, Univ. Grenoble Alpes is cited in the top 150-200 in the general rankings, and among the top 7-9 French universities.

Univ. Grenoble Alpes improves with respect to 3 criteria that make up 50% of the overall score:


  • en Nature and Science papers (20% note) : 23.9 (4th national raking) in 2016 against 19.5 in 2015
  • Global publication score (20% note) : 46.3 (4th national raking) in 2016 against 23.7 in 2015 ;
  • score publication per capita (10% note) : 20.3 (7th national raking) in 2016 against 16.7 in 2015.

For Patrick Lévy, president of Communauté Université Grenoble Alpes and principal investigator of the Initiative of Excellence Univ. Grenoble Alpes (IDEX project), “These are very encouraging results for the coming years, as one of the risks of the recent merger of universities (UJF, UPMF, Stendhal) was to see our rankings drop. And yet we see that we have maintained our position in most disciplines, and even progressed in certain criteria, most notably in the publication score. This translates to a better application of our common Univ. Grenoble Alpes signature, and to greater consideration from bibliometric analysis tools.“

“Despite these positive results, and in regards to scientific results and academic subject rankings of the past few years, there remains a substantial scope for improvement in certain criteria. This scope should allow us, as early as 2018, to reach new heights.”

Academic thematic rankings: Univ. Grenoble Alpes among the world’s top 50 universities in 8 disciplines

With 35 entries in total and 11 in the top 50 international universities, Univ. Grenoble Alpes boasts a very positive position in the 2017 Shanghai Rankings for academic subjects and confirms the site’s international excellence. These rankings place Univ. Grenoble Alpes at the head of French universities for the quality of its research and education.

Univ. Grenoble Alpes is the number one French university in 7 disciplines: Metallurgical engineering; Geography; Mining and Mineral engineering; Automation and Control engineering; Electrical & Electronic Engineering; Energy Science & Engineering; and Nanosciences and Nanotechnology.

“This success is a part of the common trajectory held buy all members of the IDEX project ‘University Grenoble Alpes: University of Innovation’. It embodies our collective ambition to create a world-class university,” asserted Patrick Lévy, PI of this IDEX project.

Univ. Grenoble Alpes in the top 50 classifications of academic subject rankings of world universities

Discipline French university ranking International ranking

Metallurgical engineering


13rd UGA
(35th Grenoble INP Institute of engineering Univ. Grenoble Alpes)



17th UGA

Mining and mineral engineering


26th UGA

Automation and Control engineering


31th UGA

Materials science and engineering


43th UGA

Remote sensing  engineering

2nd Grenoble INP Institute of engineering Univ. Grenoble Alpes

16th Grenoble INP Institute of engineering Univ. Grenoble Alpes
(24th UGA)

Earth Sciences

3rd UGA

32nd UGA


4th UGA

28th UGA

Univ. Grenoble Alpes ranked as 1st French institution, beyond the top 50

Discipline Classement des établissements français International ranking

Electrical & Electronic Engineering

1st ex aequo Grenoble INP Institute of engineering Univ. Grenoble Alpes


 Nanosciences and nanotechnology

 1st ex aequo


 Energy Science & Engineering



The 2017 Academic rankings of world universities also places Univ. Grenoble Alpes in the top 100 in the fields of Environmental sciences, Nanosciences and Nanotechnology, Chemistry, Ecology, Clinical medicine, Instruments science and technology, Electrical & Electronic Engineering and Water resources. Two new top rankings are worth mentioning: in Geography, 17th place in the world and 1st place in France, and in Clinical medicine, top 51-75 place in the world and 2nd in France.


Rankings in details:


Top 50
  • Automation and Control engineering: 31st, 1st in France
  • Earth Sciences: 32nd, 3rd in France
  • Geography: 17th, 1st in France
  • Materials science and engineering: 43rd, 3rd in France
  • Metallurgical engineering: 13th, 1st in France
  • Mining and mineral engineering: 26th, 1st in France
  • Physics: 28th, 4th in France
  • Remote sensing engineering: 16th, 2nd in France
Top 100
  • Chemistry: 51-75
  • Clinical medicine: 51-75, 2nd in France
  • Ecology: 51-75
  • Electrical & Electronic Engineering: 51-75, 1st in France
  • Energy Science & Engineering: 76-100, 1st in France
  • Instruments Science & Technology: 51-75
  • Mathematics: 76-100
  • Nanosciences and Nanotechnology: 51-75, 1st in France
  • Water Resources: 51-75
Top 150
  • Agricultural Sciences: 101-150
  • Environmental Science & Engineering: 101-150, 1st in France
  • Mechanical Engineering: 101-150
Top 200
  • Biological Sciences: 151-200
  • Civil Engineering: 151-200
  • Pharmacy: 151-200
  • Statistics: 151-200
Top 300
  • Biomedical Engineering: 201-300
  • Chemical Engineering: 201-300
  • Computer Science & Engineering: 201-300
  • Human Biological Sciences: 201-300
  • Management: 201-300
  • Public Health : 301-400

Updated on September 11, 2017

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