Université de Strasbourg

University of Strasbourg

The Université de Strasbourg traces its history to the earlier Universität Strassburg, which was founded in 1621. The University has been home to historic figures such as Beno Gutenberg, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Louis Pasteur, Georg Simmel, Albert Schweitzer and Marc Bloch. Currently it is the largest university in France, with over 50 000 students and over 5 300 researchers, and is among Europe's best, being part of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). The University offers academic programmes in all major scientific disciplines, with a particular focus on multidisciplinary approaches. Strasbourg currently boasts four active Nobel laureates, three of whom have received the prize in recent years (Jules Hoffmann in 2011, Martin Karplus in 2013, and Jean-Pierre Sauvage in 2016).

The University of Strasbourg has a strong commitment to technology and knowledge transfer; at the national level it is ranked second in lifelong learning, and was the first in France to set up a “proof of concept” fund to facilitate transfer to proactively foster collaboration between public research and private R&D.

Strong relationships with partners in the business world form another asset: the university is for instance a founding member of the French-German-Swiss Biovalley cluster, one of the most important clusters in biotechnologies and health in Europe, which has created more than 4 000 jobs and 75 companies since 2005.

Located on a historically turbulent frontier, the university is at the heart of Europe, blending French and German cultural influences. Internationalisation forms an integral part of its culture, as 12% of its lecturers and researchers are foreign nationals, and around 20% of graduates are from other countries.  

Université de Strasbourg

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