Signature of an agreement between Oxford University and the Grenoble universities

The group of institutions and universities “Univ. Grenoble Alpes” has just signed an agreement with Oxford University. This new partnership is a strong symbol of Grenoble’s commitment to the international community, and includes both scientific and academic cooperation, as well as collaboration with the region. The signing reinforces work led by Grenoble City to list the partners’ existing collaborations and identify new working opportunities.

A global collaboration agreement

This global agreement between Oxford University and Univ. Grenoble Alpes will enable us to intensify and formalize the multiple relations driven by the different Grenoble institutions.

The current fields of collaboration are wide: quantum physics, the environment, the humanities, materials science, mathematics, philosophy, European and Middle East studies, architecture and urbanism.

The objective of this agreement will also be to identify links that remain to be built and to create the basis of a reinforced partnership.

There are many fields of collaboration identified by the two institutions, including:
  • exploring opportunities for collaboration on research programmes
  • inviting each other’s staff and students to attend relevant conferences
  • hosting each other’s staff and students as departmental visitors
  • exchanging relevant non-confidential publications
  • exchanging materials


Strong existing links

At the academic level, Oxford University is already a partner of University Grenoble Alpes through various joint projects (in physics, chemistry and engineering) and of H2020 projects (in computer science, pathology and philosophy). Numerous Grenoble research institutes (Institut Néel, ILL, IPAG) also have an intense scientific collaboration with their counterparts in Oxford.

A great number of common research fields are shaped by joint scientific publications between the two universities.

The signature of this agreement aims to support innovative projects led by ENSAG architecture school of Grenoble, whose laboratory Labex AE&CC organized a broad seminar between Oxford and Grenoble on the subjects of health and urbanism, within the framework of the Idex “summer schools” programme.

A focus on excellence

The University of Oxford is the first British University ranked first by Times Higher Education, in 2018.  It  has 23 195 students and covers all subjects. 40 % of Oxford students are citizens of foreign countries. 60 % of all graduate students are from outside the UK, as are 19 % of all undergraduates. Oxford's research activity involves more than 70 departments, the colleges, more than 1,800 academic staff, more than 5,400 research and research support staff, and 5,900 graduate research students.

Univ. Grenoble Alpes, one of the major French scientific center, gathers the actors of higher education and research in Grenoble. It has 60,000 students, 9,000 of which are international, 3,700 PhD students (45% of whom are foreigners), 5,500 lecturers and researchers, and 6 research poles. It is ranked in the Top 100 of the QS World Ranking.

Invited by Professor Ian Walmsley, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation at Oxford University, a Grenoble delegation will be visiting Oxford in the very near future. It will be composed of the Comue President, Mrs. Lise Dumasy and the Université Grenoble Alpes President, Mr. Patrick Lévy. It will be organized jointly with the City. For Lise Dumasy : "This agreement with Oxford University reinforces the international visibility of Grenoble and the cooperation with its territory, which are two major objectives of the Idex Excellence initiative. The Idex project aims at creating, in synergy with the different strengths of the site, a world-class university, well integrated within its territory. Ian Walmsley commented: “This agreement recognises the important and long-standing links between Oxford University and Grenoble, the ongoing collaborations, and the potential for a stronger and more holistic partnership in the future. Oxford looks forward to welcoming colleagues from Grenoble to its University later this year and to expanding and growing its areas of collaboration in the months and years to come.”

Additionally, Oxford and Grenoble, both major university cities, have been twinned since 1988, now for two decades, during which time there have been considerable efforts to foster understanding and cooperation in fields as varied as music, the arts, sport, tourism, crafts, research and education.

A twinning committee helps to support activities and projects initiated by local players, helping to promote them throughout the city and provide a wider impact.

About Univ. Grenoble Alpes, university of innovation

Univ. Grenoble Alpes is an integrated university that brings together academic and research organisations in Grenoble. It is one of the major French scientific sites with a worldwide reputation: 60,000 students, 9,000 of which are international, 5,500 teachers and researchers, 3,700 PhD students, and more than 8,000 invited researchers welcomed each year, from all over the world. Univ. Grenoble Alpes is based on an innovative and dynamic ecosystem, which gathers life quality, creativity and openness to the world.

About the University of Oxford

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, undertaking world-leading research and providing an exceptional education across four academic divisions. It has over 23,000 students and more than 7,000 academic and research staff. The University, including the colleges and Oxford University Press, is the largest employer in Oxfordshire, supporting around 17,000 jobs and injecting more than £750 million annually into the regional economy.
Publié le 3 avril 2018