University of Franche-Comté

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University of Franche-Comté
Université de Franche-Comté
Logo of University of Franche-Comté
Established 1423 (in Dole, Jura)
1621 (in Besançon)
Type Public
President Jacques Bahi
Academic staff
(1,500 professional tutors)
Administrative staff
Students 21,000 (2004)
Centre for Applied Linguistics
6,000 (2004)
Location Main campus: Besançon, France

The University of Franche-Comté is a French university in the Academy of Besançon with five campuses: Besançon (Doubs), Belfort (named for Léon Delarbre), Montbéliard (Doubs), Vesoul (Haute-Saône), and Lons-le-Saunier (Jura).

It was founded in 1423 in Dole, at that time in the Duchy of Burgundy, and moved to Besançon in 1691 as Dole was being punished for having resisted too long against the king of France Louis XIV during its conquest of the region.

The Centre for Applied Linguistics (CLA) of the University of Franche-Comté ranks among the top language teaching institutions in the world. The CLA has research contacts in more than 110 countries, and partners with the French Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Centre of Distance Teaching (CTU) allow to people who are working to continue to study in different matters like history, informatics, mathematics, AEG, ... The Centre received years ago many demands from students from Djibouti, and then collaborated at the creation of the University of Djibouti.

Much of the international visibility in pure and applied science at the University of Franche-Comté comes through the CNRS FEMTO-ST with its expertise in numerous fields, including physics, optics, mechanics, time-frequency, microsystems and nanotechnology.

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Coordinates: 47°14′26″N 6°01′21″E / 47.24056°N 6.02250°E / 47.24056; 6.02250