University of Franche-Comté

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University of Franche-Comté
Université de Franche-Comté
Université de Franche-Comté logo.jpg
Type Public
Established 1423 (in Dole, Jura)
1621 (in Besançon)
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).


The university was founded in 1423 in Dole, at that time in the Duchy of Burgundy.[1] It was moved to Besançon in 1691 as Dole was being punished for having resisted too long against the king of France Louis XIV during his conquest of the region.[1]

Research centres[edit]

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, etc.

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.

Research about Wikipedia[edit]

In 2015, Dr José Lages of the University of Franche-Comté and Dima Shepelyansky of Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse published a global university ranking based on Wikipedia scholarly citations.[2][3][4]


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