Enhancing Knowledge through Working Together

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Encompassing a community of universities and research organisations in the Rhone‐Alpes region of France with a combined student population of over 65,000 students, Swansea’s Strategic Partnership with Grenoble is an innovative multi-disciplinary model for international cooperation, adding value through academic differentiation.

The Swansea and Grenoble Strategic Partnership is a long-term sustainable partnership that started in 2012 as a research collaboration in nanoscience, energy and ageing with University Joseph Fourier Grenoble (UJF). It has since developed into a unique, institution-wide multi‐disciplinary collaboration with Univ. Grenoble Alpes: a major scientific site in France, and an integrated university that regroups higher education and research stakeholders in Grenoble.  These include Université Grenoble Alpes; Grenoble Institute of Technology (Ecole Polytechnique); CNRS and INRIA.

For further information email Academic Partnerships

Grenoble facts and figures

Facts & Figures
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  • One of the best student cities in France []
  • Population: 450,000
  • 3rd European city of the future [Financial Times]
  • The capital of mountain sports and outdoor activities
  • Close to most famous ski resort Chamonix, and mountain peak Mount-Blanc
Communauté Université Grenoble Alpes

  • Université Grenoble Alpes (created on 1 January 2016 as a result of the merger of Université Joseph Fourier (UJF), Université Pierre-Mendès-France (UPMF) and Université Stendhal)
  • 3 Grandes Écoles: Grenoble INP Institute of Engineering Univ. Grenoble Alpes, Sciences Po Grenoble Institute of Political Studies Univ. Grenoble Alpes, ENSAG School of Architecture Univ. Grenoble Alpes
  • 5 national research organizations: CNRS, Inria, CEA, Inserm, Irstea
  • 1 university hospital: CHU Grenoble Alpes
Université Grenoble Alpes
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Features in the top 200 universities in major international rankings (Reuters, Shanghai, Times Higher Education and QS) and in the top 100 for some scientific fields (Mathematics, Physics, Earth sciences).

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QS Ranking (Engineering Universities, 2018) France #1 for Materials Science France #3 for Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Shangaï (2017) France #2 in Engineering & technology, and Electrical & Electronic Engineering

U-Multirank (2017) Reuters French top 3 engineering schools

World top 25 in terms of research co-publication with industrial partners