University of Bordeaux
Ranked among the top universities in France, the University of Bordeaux is renowned for the quality of its academic courses and research.
A multidisciplinary, research-focused, international university
The University of Bordeaux was newly established on the 1st of January 2014, following the merger of three universities: Université Bordeaux 1 Sciences et Technologies, Université Bordeaux Segalen and Université Montesquieu Bordeaux IV.
The University of Bordeaux welcomes over 50,000 students and nearly 6,000 staff members. Here are just 10 reasons to come and join us!
1. Multidisciplinary study programs
The University of Bordeaux offers 245 curricula leading to national degrees, organized around four major scientific fields:
- Science and Technology
- Law, Political Science, Economy, Management
- Life and Health Sciences
- Social and Human Sciences
- A large range of qualifications are possible including: 180 master specialties, 115 national diplomas in health, a national diploma in oenology...
2. International study programs
Approximately 13% of students at the University of Bordeaux are international. The university has developed a wide range of international study programs that are taught in English (or other languages such as Spanish) and that offer students the possibility of completing joint or double degrees.
Over 40 international study programs exist at Bachelor, Master and Doctorate levels including 11 EU-labeled programs. The University of Bordeaux is the first university in France for participation in the Erasmus Mundus Program.
3. Highly qualified teaching staff
The university employs around 5,600 staff members, of which nearly 4,000 are academic and research staff. They are recognized for the quality of their scientific and teaching qualifications. They all hold doctorates or PhD degrees and the medical lecturers are all active hospital practitioners at Bordeaux University Hospital.
4. Cutting-edge research
The field of research is a driving force of the University of Bordeaux. The excellence of its competencies in all scientific fields (Science & Technology, Life & Health, Social & Human) was recognized in July 2011 when the university was awarded with the “Initiative of Excellence”. This award consists of an endowment of 700M€ to support the growth and development of research.
The university welcomes almost 2,000 PhD students, currently has 280 joint thesis (co-tutelle) agreements running, boasts 18 international associated laboratories and much more.
5. International recognition
The University of Bordeaux is positioned N°204 within the Shanghai Ranking, published by the University Jiao Tong (China). Amongst the French establishments that feature in the first 500 of this ranking (21 in total) it is placed in the top ten.
Our university features in four of the five thematic clusters of the Shanghai 2015 ranking:
- N° 101 - 150 for engineering, technology & computer sciences / clinical medicine & pharmacy
- N°151 - 200 for life & agriculture sciences / natural sciences & mathematics
In the ranking according to study programs, the University of Bordeaux is the first French university for computer science, featuring in the top 101 - 150. It is also in the top 101 - 150 for chemistry and the top 151 - 200 for mathematics.
6. Open to the world
The University of Bordeaux remains true to its open and humanistic philosophy. This openness is illustrated via the numerous partnerships with international universities (over 250 cooperation agreements have been signed with partner universities worldwide). Dedicated programs have been implemented with Japan (Tsukuba, Kyoto, Kyushu), California, Canada (Laval, Montreal, Waterloo) and the Basque campus of excellence, “Euskampus”.
7. Implicated and involved students
Students play an active and important role in university life. They are elected to the university boards (Board of Governors, Scientific Council, Council on University Studies and Life) and participate in various consultative bodies. Students are also involved in the annual appraisal of the teaching staff and become active members of cultural or faculty associations, all contributing in their own way to keeping the university "on the move". There are in total over 135 student associations within the university.
8. Career guidance & professional insertion
Thanks to the multitude of study programs on offer, students are able to design their own personalized course of study that is best adapted to their personal and professional plans. Many courses are designed along with professional organizations, especially in the fields of pharmaceuticals, oenology, sport management, etc., with professional degrees and sandwich courses, as well as mandatory work experience starting in the first year.
For the duration of their studies, students are able to benefit from career guidance specialists on-site. Within the region, solid industrial partnerships have been established with the various economic sectors that exist (aeronautics, space, chemistry, health, IT, optic / laser, forestry and wine) and that offer promising career perspectives for our graduated students.
9. Dynamic campuses
The University of Bordeaux has one of the largest campuses (187 hectares) in Europe. It is composed of several sites that are located near to the city and that offer a wide range of services and amenities. In terms of sports equipment, the offer is extensive: an Olympic size swimming pool, 3 synthetic and 1 football turf pitches, 5 rugby turf pitches, a sports hall of 2,000m² for basketball, tennis, table tennis, badminton etc., 3 squash courts, an athletics track, a weights room… the list goes on!
Within each site, dedicated offices (for students and international researchers) offer advice and information to support the newcomers’ integration to university and city life. In addition, the future looks bright! Operation Campus is an ongoing renovation project of 538M€ destined to modernize and better equip the four main campus sites.
10. A unique location
Bordeaux is located at the very heart of Southern Europe, only a few hours from major EU capitals and cities. Here are just some of the city’s greatest characteristics:
- It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List, described as "an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble”.
- It is a dynamic metropolis, blessed with a particularly prestigious historical and cultural heritage. It is classified as "City of Art and History”.
- It is the wine capital of the world with around 10,000 wine-producing châteaux.
- It is located just one hour from the Atlantic Ocean, thus enjoying a mild oceanic climate and rich natural surroundings.
Missions & Values
Our missions support a driving ambition to further develop as a “Campus of Excellence”:
- Provide a broad range of high quality academic programs, from undergraduate studies to research projects
- Support our students with professional orientation and integration guidance
- Promote scientific and technological research, and the findings of such research
- Participate in the development and internationalization of the European higher education and research system
- Promote our international collaboration via strategic partnerships and alliances
Our values are based on an open and humanistic philosophy, favoring the principles of freedom, creativity and responsibility in education and research. They uphold the evolution of society via the creation, transmission and promotion of knowledge as well as critical thought. These values, which guide our everyday actions, are:
- Ambition and excellence
- Responsibility in all contexts: academic, economic and social
- Innovation and dynamism in scientific, educational and cultural domains
- Autonomy at all levels: intellectual, institutional and individual
- Openness to the world and its diversity with a focus on partnerships and collaboration
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