University of Lorraine

The University of Lorraine (French: Université de Lorraine), often abbreviated in UL, is a grand établissement created on 1 January 2012, by the merger of Henri Poincaré University, Nancy 2 University, Paul Verlaine University – Metz and the National Polytechnic Institute of Lorraine (INPL). It aimed to unify the main colleges of the Lorraine region. The merger process started in 2009 with the creation of a "Pôle de Recherche et d'Enseignement Supérieur".

University of Lorraine
Université de Lorraine
University of Lorraine (logo).png
Latin: Universitas Lotharingiae
Innovation through the dialogue between knowledge fields
Established2012 (1572) (2012 (1572))
Budget€622 million (2020)
PresidentPierre Mutzenhardt
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,
ColorsBlack, Yellow and White[1]
AffiliationsCampus Europae, Grands établissements, EPSCP
Logo Université de Lorraine.svg

The university has 51 campus sites, over the Lorraine region, the main ones are around Nancy and Metz. The other sites are in the towns of Epinal, Saint-Dié-des-Vosges, Bar-Le-Duc, Lunéville, Thionville-Yutz, Longwy, Forbach, Saint-Avold, Sarreguemines.

The University of Lorraine has over 62,000 students (10,000 international students) and 7,000 staff.


The original University of Lorraine was founded in 1572 in the nearby city of Pont-à-Mousson by Charles III, duke of Lorraine, and Charles, Cardinal of Lorraine, and was then run by the Jesuits. The University was transferred to Nancy in 1768. The University of Nancy was closed by the revolutionaries in 1793, and reopened in 1864.

University of Lorraine is the merger of:


Faculty of Medicine in 2018
Faculty of Pharmacy in 2018

Teaching includes 43 teaching units (faculties, schools, departments), organized into 9 collegia:

  • Arts, Literature, and Languages
  • Engineering Schools
  • Health
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Interface
  • Law, Economy, and Management
  • Lorraine Management Innovation
  • Sciences and Technologies
  • Technology

Engineering schoolsEdit


The university has 60 research units, linked with the most important French research organizations: CNRS, INSERM, INRAE and INRIA. They are organized into 10 research areas.

Among these:

Doctoral studies are organized into 8 doctoral schools, where 400 thesis are defended annually. The 1,800 phd students come from 90 different nationalities.


Faculty of Law, Economics and Management in Nancy

The university has a network of 25 libraries, managed by the Documentation department.[2]

Culture and museumsEdit

University of Lorraine operates several arts and scientific places and museums, and a botanic garden: Le préau, national theater Espace Bernard-Marie Koltès, Maison pour la Science en Lorraine, Musée archéologique, Aquarium Museum, Musée de l’Histoire du Fer, Jardin Botanique Jean-Marie-Pelt. The last three are co-operated with the Metropole of Grand Nancy.


University of Lorraine undergraduate law program is ranked 5th of France by Eduniversal, with 3 stars (2016/17).[3]

According to Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2021, University of Lorraine is ranked first European University in the subject Mining & Mineral Engineering.[4]

University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[5]201-300 (2018)
QS World[6]801-1000 (2018)
THE World[7]601-800 (2018)

Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ "Charte graphique de l'université de Lorraine" (PDF). University of Lorraine.
  2. ^ "Accueil | Bibliothèques de l'UL". Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  3. ^ Eduniversal law undergraduate Ranking
  4. ^ "Shanghai Ranking-Universities". Retrieved 6 March 2022.
  5. ^ "ARWU World University Rankings 2018 - Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 - Top 500 universities - Shanghai Ranking - 2018".
  6. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2018".
  7. ^ "University of Lorraine".

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Coordinates: 48°41′46″N 6°10′36″E / 48.69611°N 6.17667°E / 48.69611; 6.17667