The University of Rennes among the World's Top 500 Universities

The University of Rennes, the only Breton institution present in the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities, has moved up 200 places, placing it in the top 500 universities of the ranking published on 15 August 2023. A consequence of the recent affiliation between the university and its five partner Grandes Écoles, this result confirms the university's excellent position in international rankings.
Entrée de l'accueil du Campus Beaulieu © Frédéric Obé
The purpose of the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), first published in 2003, is to assess the commitment of universities in their research activities. It thereby identifies the top 1,000 universities in the world, based on 6 weighted indicators, namely: the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals (10% and 20% respectively of the overall grade), the number of highly cited researchers (20%), the number of articles published in Nature and Science (20%), the number of articles indexed in Science Citation Index-Expanded and Social Science Citation Index (20%) as well as the academic performance of staff, taking the previous five indicators divided by the number of tenured research staff (10%).


The university has featured in the Shanghai Ranking since 2004. Ranked among the 401-500 best universities in the world for 2023, the University of Rennes features among the 18 French institutions cited in the world's Top 500, marking a leap of 200 places in relation to last year. 

In her press release, Sylvie Retailleau, French Minister of Higher Education and Research welcomes "the consideration for the new scope of the experimental public institutions allowing in particular the University of Rennes to rise to the 401-500 segment (…). The Shanghai Ranking thus showcases the success of the new models of French university."

Created on 1 January 2023, the University of Rennes groups together the training and research departments of the university and its five affiliated Grandes Écoles, namely: the École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique (EHESP), the École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes (ENSC Rennes), the École Normale Supérieure de Rennes (ENS Rennes), the Institut National des Sciences Appliquées de Rennes (INSA Rennes) and Sciences Po Rennes.

The scientific signature of Rennes-based research receives international recognition

The Shanghai  Ranking showcases in particular the research work, publications and citations of  research staff from the University of Rennes. It confirms the institution's excellent position in the Leiden Ranking published on 21 June 2023. Here, the University of Rennes moved up 110 places to reach 454th position in the world and 14th position in France for the impact of its scientific publications, illustrating here too the international outreach of Rennes-based research. 

This upward leap in the international rankings reflects the quality of the current dynamic ensuing from the creation of the University of Rennes, the grouping together of the Grandes Ecoles of Rennes and the national research bodies (CNRS, INRAE, Inria and Inserm). With all our partners, we have the will to meet the major societal challenges that are digital sovereignty, the ecological and environmental transition and global health.
It is a recognition of our policy to share a common scientific signature and it represents for Rennes and for Brittany a guarantee of the quality of our research and innovation at European and international level.
This reinforces our strategic partnerships with the best universities in the world and encourages new partnerships serving our youth and our local region.

David Alis, President of the University of Rennes

The Shanghai Global Ranking of Academic Subjects identifies the world's best universities in 54 subjects. The University of Rennes features in 16 of these subjects, 9 of which are in the prestigious Top 300 (Best Ranked Subjects): Mathematics, Water Resources, Medical Technology, Earth Sciences, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemistry, Ecology, Physics and Telecommunication Engineering.