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 !

CWTS Leiden Ranking


The Leiden Ranking, published by the Dutch research institute CWTS, ranks the higher education and research establishments with the most publications in the top 10% most cited worldwide.

  • In 2019, Nantes Université was in the 300 top institutions worldwide in the field of "Engineering and Physical Sciences" and in the top 350 institutions in the field of "Biomedical and Health Sciences". 
  • In 2018, Nantes Université counted a total of 2,348 publications (496th position worldwide) for the period 2013-2016, of which 222 publications were in the 10% most cited (442th position worldwide).

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 2019, Nantes Université ranked among the top 200 world universities contributing most actively to UN objectives for sustainable development and in the top three French universities (THE University Impact Rankings)
  • In 2018, Nantes Université was in the 126th-150th rank range of THE Teaching Ranking Europe
  • In 2018, Nantes Université made it into the ranking tables of seven of the eleven scientific disciplines of the subject classification
  • In 2017, Nantes Université was among the best 500 institutions. It ranked 18th among French universities.
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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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Shanghai ranking 2019

Published since 2003 by the Jiao Tong University, the Shanghai ranking 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.

  • In 2019, Nantes Université progressed compared with last year (601-700th place). It is also among the best 500 universities in nine field
  • In 2018, Nantes Université ranked among the 500 best universities worldwide in 9 disciplines in the field classification
  • It is also among the top 4% of universities worldwide in the overall ranking
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U-Multirank covers 1,614 institutions from 95 countries, ranked according to 5 criteria rated by indicators on a scale of A (very good) to E (low): education and training, research, knowledge transfer, international orientation and regional involvement.

  • Nantes Université is among the 8% of higher education and research institutions considered to have an international level
  • The university also ranks among the top 110 European institutions and top 20 French institutions
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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.