University of Lorraine

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University of Lorraine
Université de Lorraine
University of Lorraine (logo).png
Latin: Universitas Lotharingiae
Innovation through the dialog of knowledge studies research living
Established2012 (1572) (2012 (1572))
Endowment€562 million (2013)[1]
PresidentPierre Mutzenhardt
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Students52,478 (March 2013)[1]
1,736 (2012)[2]
Location, ,
ColorsBlack, Yellow and White[3]
AffiliationsCampus Europae, Grands établissements, EPSCP
Logo Université de Lorraine.svg

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 "pôles de recherche et d'enseignement supérieur" or PRES.

The university is divided into two university centers, one in Nancy (biological sciences, health care, administration, computer science, and management) and one in Metz (material sciences, technology, and management). The University of Lorraine has over 60,000 students and offers 101 accredited research centers organized in 9 research areas and 8 doctoral colleges.


The original University of Nancy was founded in 1572 in the nearby city of Pont-à-Mousson by Charles III, duke of Lorraine, and Charles, Cardinal of Lorraine, and transferred to Nancy in 1768. It 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

The University of Lorraine encompasses eight collegia or departments.

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


The University includes a total of 44 laboratories, linked with the most important French research organizations : CNRS, INSERM, INRA and INRIA.


The Laboratoire Lorrain de Recherche en Informatique et ses Applications or Loria is a UMR, a research lab affiliated with multiple research entities. It focuses on computer science research and is also affiliated with the CNRS and the INRIA.[4] The laboratory notably created the Caml programming language.[5]


École Nationale Supérieure des Technologies et Industries du Bois[edit]

The École Nationale Supérieure des Technologies et Industries du Bois (ENSTIB) is a French grande école located in Épinal in Lorraine, which is one of the biggest forested regions of France.

Studies are oriented to the wood industry and technologies, including everything that is related to wood as a construction material or for furniture.

Students specialise in one of the following themes:

  • chemistry of wood
  • wood in construction
  • wood manufacturing

The origin of the school dates back to the petrol crisis of 1973. France had no petrol and a need for innovative ideas on renewable material. A group of professors and doctors created a very small university class in Epinal that had a focus on wood as a material. It became an engineering school in the year 1985. Now the scope of studies has enlarged to biological fiber materials and paper.


Faculty of Law, Economics and Management in Nancy
  • The oldest universities in Nancy included several academic libraries, housing 500,000 documents and 250,000 books spread over 36 sites. The first stone of the library of the former Nancy-II was laid by President Albert Lebrun in 1932.
  • Six libraries including three in Metz, Thionville-Yutz, Sarreguemines and Saint-Avold were attached to the University of Metz, housing approximately 280,000 books, 880 periodicals and 26,650 online journals.



University of Lorraine undergraduate law program is ranked 5th of France by Eduniversal, with 3 stars (2016/17).[6]

University rankings
Global – Overall
ARWU World[7]201-300 (2018)
QS World[8]801-1000 (2018)
THE World[9]601-800 (2018)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Portrait d'université. En Lorraine, l'an II de la fusion". 24 October 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Recherche et Innovation (fr)". University of Lorraine. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 8 April 2014.
  3. ^ "Charte graphique de l'université de Lorraine" (PDF). University of Lorraine.
  4. ^ "Presentation of Loria". Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  5. ^ "A History of Caml". Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  6. ^ Eduniversal law undergraduate Ranking
  7. ^ "ARWU World University Rankings 2018 - Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018 - Top 500 universities - Shanghai Ranking - 2018".
  8. ^ "QS World University Rankings 2018".
  9. ^ "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