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The University of Strasbourg was founded in the 16th century by Johannes Sturm, a protestant scholar. Through the years, the Gymnasium progressively developed into an Academy and a University before it finally became the Royal University in 1631.

The University benefited from this development through the creation of libraries and institutes, the collaboration with eminent scholars and the diversification of academic disciplines.

In 1971, the University of Strasbourg was divided into three universities:

  • Strasbourg I (Université Louis Pasteur), gathering the scientific disciplines
  • Strasbourg II (Université Marc Bloch en 1998) which brought together the faculties and departments of arts, literature, and humanities
  • Strasbourg III (Université Robert Schuman en 1987) dedicated to fields of law, politics, social sciences and technologies

The three universities finally merged again in 2009 and became l’Université de Strasbourg, a unique and pioneering example of merging universities in France, aiming to enhance international exposure and to develop the multidisciplinary aspects of education and research. 

Today Strasbourg is the second most international University City in France (after Paris). It counts 42000 students, offers initial and further education in a wide range of academic fields and is an international player in scientific research.

During these years UNISTRA has been known for a number of outstanding professors who raised the name of the University by gaining a wide range of prizes including:

  • 1 Kavli Prize: Thomas Ebbesen, nanosciences (2014)
  • 4 Nobel Prizes: Martin Karplus, chemistry (2013) - Jules Hoffmann, physiology - medicine (2011) - Jean-Marie Lehn, chemistry (1987), - Jean-Pierre Sauvage supramolecular chemistry (2016)
  • 3 CNRS Gold Medals: Jules Hoffmann (2011), Jean-Marie Lehn (1981), Pierre Chambon (1979)
  • 1 Fields Medal: René Thom (1958)
  • 1 Académie française member: Jules Hoffmann (2012)
  • 15 Académie des sciences members and 1 correspondent
  • 48 Institut Universitaire de France members: 11 juniors, 17 seniors, 20 honorary members
  • 3 Académie des inscriptions et belles-lettres members
  • 27 European Research Council (ERC) members: 16 juniors, 11 seniors
  • 10 doctoral schools belonging to the joint Doctoral College and 2406 doctoral students
  • 446 doctoral degrees awarded in 2014
  • Founding member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU)

The University of Strasbourg offers a broad range of degree programs and training in the main academic disciplines:

  • Arts, Literature, Languages
  • Law, Economics, Management, Political and Social Sciences,
  • Social Sciences and Humanities
  • Science and Technology
  • Health

International partnerships

The University of Strasbourg has over 400 partner institutions in Europe and 175 in the rest of the world.

Strasbourg offers 60 international dual degrees in partnership with universities around the world. The university is committed to promoting student mobility and has many cooperation agreements with institutions in Europe and beyond.


Leading research

The University of Strasbourg has 72 research units that encompass all disciplinary fields. A center of excellence in biology, biotechnology, medicine, chemistry and material physics, the University also actively participates in the development of social sciences and humanities.

With its 2 universities, 12 Grandes Ecoles, 250 laboratories and over 4,300 researchers, Alsace is the third largest scientific hub in France and is ranked first in the field of chemistry. 

A rich historical and architectural heritage

Strasbourg's historical city center is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Commercial and cultural exchanges throughout history have endowed Strasbourg with a rich and well-preserved architectural heritage.

The University of Strasbourg fosters innovation and positions itself for future excellence in education and research. Projects are fueled by the determination to achieve international prominence and to assert position as a research leader.

The University of Strasbourg's IdEx project puts innovation at the core of a strategy which aims to:

  • promote high-quality research on an international level
  • develop innovative and attractive academic training
  • develop leading-edge tools and spread knowledge
  • assert the university's openness regarding knowledge and economic, societal and cultural stakes

The University of Strasbourg is a public higher education institution with a scientific, cultural and professional vocation. It is composed of several departments of studies, central services and a governance body headed by an elected president.

The University of Strasbourg is driven by the ambition to rank among the best research universities.  Unistra has 73 research units and 6 research federations covering a broad range of academic disciplines. All research units are members of one of the university’s ten doctoral schools.


Université de Strasbourg
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Tel: 03 68 85 00 00

Rennes 1


Université de Rennes 1 represents 28,000 students, 3,700 employees, 32 research units associated with national research centers, a budget of €292.4 million and more than 250 Ph.D. degrees awarded every year. Our overarching goal is to provide researchers and students with a unique opportunity to interact with a broad and global network.

The institution undertakes to fully respect the principles of non-discrimination set out in the program and ensure equal access and opportunities to participants from all backgrounds.

Our global network

Universite de Rennes 1 has over 155 international bilateral partnerships covering research and training. These partnerships offer mobility opportunities and cross-fertilization.

Université de Rennes 1 is amongst the twelve main universities in France. It is a multidisciplinary university which is famous for its excellence and dynamic research. Building is committed to taking part in 21st-century innovation and knowledge, one of the top priorities is to create a vibrant international university.

  • Université de Rennes 1 has four main research sectors, linked to four graduate schools: Mathematics and ICT (Information and Communication Sciences & Technologies)
  • Life and Health Sciences
  • Material Sciences
  • Humanities and Social Sciences

The ongoing development of international courses and scientific collaborations has enabled the University to reach outstanding results: on a teaching level, there are offered degrees taught exclusively in English (11 master’s degrees), double degrees with international partners and off-campus training sessions, and scientific collaborations include around twenty International Associated Laboratories (LIAs) and International Research Groups (GDRIs) in conjunction with the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) or the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM).

We currently welcome over 3,600 international students (13% of the university’s student population) and every year, nearly 1,000 of our students undertake an outgoing study program or work placement. 


International Associated Laboratories (LIAs), “laboratories without walls”. The LIA activities are coordinated by two co-principal investigators and by a scientific steering committee.

INTERNATIONAL JOINT UNIT (UMI) International joint research laboratory CNRS-St-Gobain – Laboratory for Innovative Key materials and Structures (LINK), hosted by the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Tsukuba, Japan.

Université de Rennes 1 is one of the project partners through the “mirror laboratory” which is based at the Rennes Chemical Sciences Institute (UMR CNRS 6226). INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH NETWORKS GDRI bring together several laboratories from two or more countries to coordinate research on a specific topic for a period of 4 to 8 years, while PICS is based on ongoing collaborative relationships between researchers for 3 years. Université de Rennes 1 includes GDRI in various fields (Law, Materials, and Electronics).

RESEARCH & EDUCATION IN EUROPE Université de Rennes 1 holds an Erasmus + Charter and gives special attention to the success of the European program supporting the mobility of students and staff across Europe. In 2015-16, Université de Rennes 1 has welcomed 176 students and sent 314 students to partner universities in Europe. At the heart of a rich ecosystem dedicated to information technologies, Université de Rennes 1 is a satellite hub of the French European Institute for Innovation & Technology (EIT) Digital. EIT Digital is the first EU initiative linking the three sides of the knowledge triangle – higher education, research, business – through Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs).

Apart from the numerous bilateral research collaborations with institutions in Europe, Université de Rennes 1 has gained a strong experience in elaborating and conducting European research projects under the successive framework program of the European Commission. 

With 220 partners in Europe, Université de Rennes 1 offers its students a wide range of destinations and experiences.


Université de Rennes 1 is involved, as a partner or the main coordinator, in international training networks such as European Masters, Double Degrees or Delocalised training abroad.

DELOCALISED TRAINING COURSES In order that all students benefit from internationalization, whether or not they have the opportunity to study abroad, Université de Rennes 1 has developed delocalized training courses: students around the world can prepare a diploma from Université de Rennes 1 in their own country.

Every year, over 900 Université de Rennes 1 students follow part of their university course abroad (study programs or work placements) through programs. Nearly 14% of international students enrolled at Université de Rennes 1 are exchange students who all benefit from the tailored guidance and warm welcome offered by these partnerships, and which increases the employability of students.


University staff members carry out around 2,000 missions abroad every year as part of research collaborations, training courses and participation in international events (conferences, colloquiums, seminars, congresses, etc.).

International rankings

Notable for its research in mathematics and chemistry, Université de Rennes 1 has appeared in the Shanghai Rankings alongside 21 French institutions since 2007.

 Université de Rennes 1 is ranked between 501th and 600th in the 2015 Times Higher Education Rankings. It also appears in the top 150 young universities, those under 50 years old.

501th in the QS World University Rankings 2015/16, Université de Rennes 1 stands out most notably in medicine, chemistry, biology, mathematics and computer science. The university is ranked 24th among the 45 French institutions mentioned in the rankings.

Ranked 422nd best university worldwide and 185th best university in Europe, Université de Rennes 1 holds 18th French place in the 2016 rankings published in the American magazine US News & World report.

This bibliometric ranking system provides indicators of the scientific performance of 750 universities worldwide. Université de Rennes 1 holds a 257th place in the world in terms of impact and 13th position amongst French universities.

U-Multirank provides indicators for 49 French universities and 1238 universities worldwide. Université de Rennes 1 is noted for its research and knowledge transfer (number of citations).

 Université de Rennes 1 is ranked 397th in the world and holds 16th position amongst French universities in the 2015 Taiwan rankings. The university is noted for its research in chemistry, geosciences, mathematics and in environment and ecology.

Entrepreneurship: the ecosystem in Rennes and in Britanny

The creation of companies by students or researchers is a reality at Université de Rennes 1. A dynamic ecosystem of actors provides assistance, facilities, and fundings for entrepreneurs.



The history of the Azerbaijan State Oil & Industry University goes back to 1887 when a technical school in oil booming Baku was set up. In 1920, a polytechnic institute was established on the basis of the technical school. Over the years, the University operated under several names, the most popular of which, AzII (Azerbaijan Industrial Institute) is still in use today and played a key role in the development of Azerbaijan`s oil industry. Throughout its history, the University has trained over 100,000 highly qualified specialists from more than 100 countries.

In 2015, the university was renamed to the Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University – a new brand is set to open a new page in the history of this bright school.


Currently, a teaching staff of 586 is involved in education, 63 of them are professors, 51 senior teachers, 126 teachers.


Training of students is carried out at all three levels of higher education, bachelor, master and doctoral. Seven faculties and 28 departments operate at the university, serving to continuous improvement of education quality. At present, 8,415 students are educated at bachelor level, including 141 students of UFAZ (French-Azerbaijani University). 1,036 students do their master, while 129 people are engaged in doctoral level activities. Students are offered education in Azerbaijani, Russian and/or English languages.


Throughout its history, ASOIU has always been famous for its high-level training courses for foreign students. At present, 326 international students, including, 301 bachelors, 20 masters, 5 doctoral, from 18 countries are enrolled at ASOIU. They are assisted by the International Students’ Office.

There are seven faculties in ASOIU:

  • Faculty of geological exploration
  • Faculty of oil and gas production
  • Faculty of chemical technology
  • Faculty of oil mechanical engineering
  • Faculty of power engineering
  • Faculty of information technologies and management
  • Faculty of economics and management


Currently, ASOIU cooperates with more than 100 universities from over 50 countries. It is a member of a number of international organizations, including:

  • Caucasus University Association
  • Black Sea Universities Association
  • Eurasian Silk Road
  • Universities Consortium International
  • Association of University Presidents
  • European University Association
  • Erasmus Network
  • British Council
  • German Academic Exchange Services
  • Korea International Cooperation Agency

Such wide cooperation has resulted in several joint and special programs, such as 3 bachelor programs with the University of Siegen (Germany), BBA/MBA with the Georgia State University (USA/Atlanta).

UFAZ (French-Azerbaijani University) is a unique project developed with the University of Strasbourg (France) and University of Rennes-1 (France).


ASOIU is a member of Erasmus+ network, within which it cooperates with a number of European universities, including University of Leicester (United Kingdom), Middle East Technical University (Turkey).

ASOIU does also cooperate with Turkish universities in the framework of Turkey-sponsored Mevlana exchange program.


AzII-IT Club offers free IT training courses for university students. The club is receiving the official support of Oracle Academy, Cisco Academy, and Microsoft Academy. 120 selected students attend IT Club`s courses each semester and are trained by certified specialists. At the end of the training, the students receive internationally recognized certificates.


Main Library was established at Baku Technical School in 1920. At that time, the library had 6,500 hard copy books and served 300 readers. Currently, the number of publications 758,600 copies. The library`s reading hall is provided with computers and Wi-Fi system.

IBRIS64 Automated Library Information System is applied for the online catalog.


Eazi START Startup & Innovation Center was set up at the end of 2015 and held its first training in January 2016. “Sikorsky Challenge” (Ukraine) and “BeNextIT” (Israel) business incubators are Center`s major partner organizations, which play a key role in developing startup school, implementing training and carrying out intensive works with students.

In June 2016, Eazi START hosted its first festival, at which 15 startup projects were presented. In November of 2016, three projects of the Center won at the national grant competition and received financial support of the IT Fund.


During varsity years, students can join different associations and clubs in accordance with their hobbies and spend their leisure interestingly including:

  • Students Committee
  • Sport complex
  • 50-year old Ganjlik dance ensemble.
  • Intellectual Clubs
  • Debate Club
  • Theatre Club
  • “Magnat” quiz club
  • KVN Humour Club


Polyclinic has been operating since 1977. It has 11 inspection rooms and a clinical lab. Every year free medical examination for students is organized by polyclinic.

The material and technical base of ASOIU consists of the following:

  • 3 education buildings
  • The library which consists of nearly 1 million books
  • Information Computing Center
  • The publishing house
  • 7 blocks campus
  • Student's Polyclinic and Hospital
  • Sports Complex
  • Recreation Complex in Nabran
  • Experience center in Dashkesan
  • 2 Research Institutes
  • 32 Research laboratories
  • "Industry Institute of retraining and improvement of professional skills of employees"


ASOIU dormitory can host up to 320 people. Constructing 3 more accommodation buildings is underway. Their commencement is expected by September 2018.


The major mission of ASOIU is to contribute to human capital, to train highly skilled specialists who will be able to compete in the rapidly growing economy and industry, both domestically and internationally, to achieve an effective combination of science, education, innovation, and production.


  • Fundamentalism
  • Quality
  • Transparency
  • Creativity
  • Continuity and succession
  • Integration of science, education, innovation and production


Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University

20 Azadlig ave, AZ1010 Baku

Tel.: +99412 493 45 57

Fax: +99412 598 29 41