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University of Strasbourg

University of Strasbourg
Université de Strasbourg
Université de Strasbourg.svg
Latin: Universitas Argentorati
Budget€534 million (2017)[1]
PresidentFather Michel Deneken
Location, ,
AffiliationsLERU, Utrecht Network
Johannes Sturm founder of the university, 1539
Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science

The University of Strasbourg (French: Université de Strasbourg, Unistra or UDS) in Strasbourg, Alsace, France, is a university in France with nearly 51,000 students[2] and over 3,200 researchers.[3]

The French university traces its history to the earlier German-language Universität Straßburg, which was founded in 1538, and was divided in the 1970s into three separate institutions: Louis Pasteur University, Marc Bloch University, and Robert Schuman University. On 1 January 2009, the fusion of these three universities reconstituted a united University of Strasbourg. With as many as 19 Nobel laureates, and two Fields Medal winners, the university is ranked among the best in the League of European Research Universities.


The university emerged from a Lutheran humanist German Gymnasium, founded in 1538 by Johannes Sturm in the Free Imperial City of Strassburg. It was transformed to a university in 1621 (German: Universität Straßburg) and elevated to the ranks of a royal university in 1631. Among its earliest university students was Johann Scheffler who studied medicine and later converted to Catholicism and became the mystic and poet Angelus Silesius.[4]

The Lutheran German university still persisted even after the annexation of the City by King Louis XIV in 1681 (one famous student was Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in 1770/71), but mainly turned into a French speaking university during the French Revolution.

The university was refounded as the German Kaiser-Wilhelm-Universität in 1872, after the Franco-Prussian war and the annexation of Alsace-Lorraine to Germany provoked a westwards exodus of Francophone teachers. During the German Empire the university was greatly expanded and numerous new buildings were erected because the university was intended to be a showcase of German against French culture in Alsace. In 1918, Alsace-Lorraine was returned to France, so a reverse exodus of Germanophone teachers took place.

During the Second World War, when France was occupied, personnel and equipment of the University of Strasbourg were transferred to Clermont-Ferrand. In its place, the short-lived German Reichsuniversität Straßburg was created.

In 1971, the university was subdivided into three separate institutions:

These were, however, reunited in 2009, and were able to be among the first twenty French universities to gain greater autonomy.[5]


Grand hall of the University Palace, where the first session of the Council of Europe Assembly took place[6]
University Palace, main building of the former Imperial University of Strasbourg

The university campus covers a vast part near the center of the city, located between the "Cité Administrative", "Esplanade" and "Gallia" bus-tram stations.

Modern architectural buildings include: Escarpe, the Doctoral College of Strasbourg, Supramolecular Science and Engineering Institute (ISIS), Atrium, Pangloss, PEGE (Pôle européen de gestion et d'économie) and others. The student residence building for the Doctoral College of Strasbourg was designed by London-based Nicholas Hare Architects in 2007. The structures are depicted on the main inner wall of the Esplanade university restaurant, accompanied by the names of their architects and years of establishment.

The administrative organisms, attached to the university (Prefecture; CAF, LMDE, MGEL—health insurance; SNCF—national French railway company; CTS—Strasbourg urban transportation company), are located in the "Agora" building.

Nobel laureates

Notable academics and alumni, by year of birth


University rankings
ARWU World[7] 101-150
THE World[9] 351-400
USNWR World[10] 187
QS World[8] 303

See also

The National and University Library on Place de la République, former Kaiserplatz


  1. ^ "L'université - Université de Strasbourg".
  2. ^ "Effectifs étudiants". Université de Strasbourg. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  3. ^ "La Recherche". Université de Strasbourg. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  4. ^ Paterson, Hugh Sinclair; Exell, Joseph Samuel (October 1870). "Angelus Silesius: Physician, Priest and Poet". The British & Foreign Evangelical Review. XIX. London: James Nisbet & Co. pp. 682–700, based in large part on Kahlert, August (Dr.). Angelus Silesius: Ein literar-historiche Untersuchung (Breslau: s.n., 1853).
  5. ^ "Décret n° 2008-787 portant création de l'université de Strasbourg" (in French). 18 August 2008. Retrieved 21 June 2009.
  6. ^ See commemorative plaque Palais Universitaire de Strasbourg-10 août 1949
  7. ^ Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018
  8. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2018". Top Universities. 1 February 2017.
  9. ^ "World University Rankings". Times Higher Education (THE). 18 August 2017.
  10. ^ "U.S. News Education: Best Global Universities 2018".

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