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International indicators & rankings

Nantes Université in international rankings

Just a few years ago, the Nantes Université didn’t appear in the international rankings at all, but it has made a place for itself and strengthened this position in many rankings (Times Higher Education - THE, Reuters, Leiden Ranking, etc.).

Nantes Université is now among the top establishments in Europe and worldwide based on indicators linked to the evaluation of research and innovation (share of the most cited publications in the world, number of patents with the world of industry, etc.)

Nantes Université is particularly strong in certain research fields, notably health. These excellent results promote dynamic and ambitious university research in Nantes !

Times Higher Education (THE)

The Times Higher Education (THE) ranking is one of the most highly respected and prestigious rankings in the world. It evaluates all higher education establishments in terms of their essential missions: teaching, research, knowledge transfer, international relations, innovation.

  • In 2022, Nantes Université ranked among the top 800 institutions in the WUR. It ranked 22nd among French universities.
  • Nantes Université made it into the ranking tables of nine of the eleven scientific disciplines of the subject classification
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Times Higher Education Impact Ranking 2022

Classement  THE Impact 2022

The THE Impact rankings assess universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The 2022 Impact Rankings includes 1,406 universities from 106 countries/regions.

In 2022, Nantes Université ranked 46 in SDG4 Quality Education : in the world TOP 200 in SDG8 Decent work and economic growth ; and in the world TOP 300 in SDG3 Good health and wellbeing, SDG7 Affordable and clean energy, SDG9 Industry, innovation et infrastructure, SDG16 Peace, Justice and strong institutions.


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CWTS Leiden Ranking


The Leiden Ranking, published by the Dutch research institute CWTS, offers insights into the scientific performance of over 1300 universities worldwide. The Leiden Ranking provides information about the research done at universities.

  • Nantes Université is positioned in the top 630 in the Leiden Ranking 2022. At the national level, the university is ranked 21st. 
  • In 2022, Nantes Université counted a total of 2,415 publications for the period 2017-2020, of which 226 publications were in the 10% most cited
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Shanghai ranking 2022 : ARWU & GRAS


Published since 2003 by the Jiao Tong University, the Shanghai ranking (Academic Ranking of World Universities - ARWU) rates the world's top universities each year according to six criteria, including the number of publications in the two top scientific journals Nature and Science, the number of citations of these articles in scientific journals referenced, and the number of Nobel Prizes and Field Medals awarded to students and staff at the university.

Shanghai Ranking began to publish world university ranking by academic subjects in 2009. By introducing improved methodology, the Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS) was first published in 2017. The 2022 GRAS contains rankings of universities in 54 subjects across Natural Sciences, Engineering, Life Sciences, Medical Sciences, and Social Sciences.

  • Nantes Université is positioned in the top 700 in the ARWU 2022
  • GRAS : Nantes Université ranked among the 500 best universities worldwide in 10 disciplines in the field classification : Biotechnology / Energy science & engineering / Clinical medicine / Biological Sciences / Human biological Sciences / Chemistry / Mathematics / Physics / Earth Sciences
  • Nantes Université entered the ranking for the first year in Dentistry & oral sciences (TOP 200)
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Reuters Top 100: Europe's Most Innovative Universities 2019

The Reuters Top 100 Europe's Most Innovative Universities 2019 ranks the innovative character, inventiveness and support for the advancement of the global economy of European universities. It relies on several criteria such as the number of patents filed, the success rate of patent filings or the number of publications in "Web of Science Core Collection"

  • In 2019, Nantes Université climbed 13 places to rank 66th among the most innovative European universities
  • In 2018, Nantes Université entered the rankings of the 100 most innovative European universities. University ranks 79th and ranks 16th in French universities
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The last publication of Reuters Top 100 Europe's Most Innovative Universities was in 2019.

Key figures

5 000 international students

130 joint PHD Theses

460 partner institutions in the world (in 5 continents)


"Nantes Université progresses each year in international rankings. These results confirm strong networking of our establishment with industrial partners of the region and an increasingly prominent place of international university research in Nantes."

Président of Nantes Université

"The university realized that it had more assets to valorise than it had thought. So we chose to use the international rankings rather than to endure them"

Isabelle RICHARD
Vice President of International Relations and European Affairs

Scientific excellence

As part of the "Horizon 2020" research and development program, nine projects involving or led by laboratories and researchers at the Nantes Université are currently in progress and have received funding from the European Commission. These projects address major challenges of tomorrow's society in areas such as robotics, the sea, energy and health.


Academic excellence

Since 2014, the Erasmus+ program for higher education has enabled the Nantes Université to obtain funding for four projects currently in progress involving or led by lecturer-researchers from the Nantes Université. These projects respond to the challenges of internationalization of courses and the promotion of research excellence at the Nantes Université, particularly in fields such as Marine science or European issues.

Mis à jour le 22 May 2024.