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.
15 INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATED LABORATORIES (LIAS)
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.).
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.