University of Strasbourg

The University of Strasbourg (French: Université de Strasbourg, Unistra) is a public research university located in Strasbourg, France, with over 52,000 students and 3,300 researchers. It was originally 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 new University of Strasbourg.

University of Strasbourg
Université de Strasbourg
Université de Strasbourg.svg
Latin: Universitas Argentorati
Established1538; 485 years ago (1538)
Budget€536 million (2019)[1]
PresidentFather Michel Deneken
Location, ,
AffiliationsLERU, Utrecht Network
University Palace, main building of the former Imperial University of Strasbourg


Johannes Sturm founder of the university, 1539

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]

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 laureatesEdit

Notable peopleEdit

  • Simon Schraub
  • RankingsEdit

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

    See alsoEdit


    1. ^ "Budget". University of Strasbourg. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
    2. ^ "Chiffres clés". University of Strasbourg. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
    3. ^ "Formation doctorale". University of Strasbourg. Retrieved 15 November 2019.
    4. ^ Paterson, Hugh Sinclair; Exell, Joseph Samuel (October 1870). "Angelus Silesius: Physician, Priest and Poet". The British & Foreign Evangelical Review. Vol. 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).{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: postscript (link)
    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". Archived from the original on 16 August 2018. Retrieved 24 August 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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