Grenoble-Swansea Strategic Partnership

Enhancing Knowledge through Working Together

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Encompassing a community of universities and research organisations in the Rhone‐Alpes region of France with a combined student population of over 65,000 students, Swansea’s Strategic Partnership with Grenoble is an innovative multi-disciplinary model for international cooperation, adding value through academic differentiation.

Established in 2012, the Partnership is widely seen as a model for international collaboration and is an integral part of Swansea University’s centenary commitments to:

  • Foster partnerships with leading organisations from around the world
  • Provide exciting opportunities for students to enhance their skills, global knowledge, and cultural agility
  • Attract scholars with global reputations

New Double Degree in Professional Translation

Our new double MA in Professional Translation gives students a unqiue opportunity to study and train for professional practice in two different academic environments and gain degrees from both Swansea and Université Grenoble Alpes.

The programme brings together the expertise of both institutions by combining key elements of Swansea’s MA in Translation and Interpreting and UGA’s Master LEA parcours Traduction spécialisée.

Find out more about the course here or read more on the Université Grenoble Alpes website.

Meet ... Prof Laurent Charlet

"As International Research Advisor to the President of Grenoble University, I was tasked with developing European collaborations and was involved in the creation of a network of  like-minded universities throughout Europe.

I have found the people I have worked with across the University to be highly professional and motivated partners, open to interactions with other fields of interest beyond their own and happy to talk with and collaborate with international partners."  Read the full profile in our Momentum magazine here.

Prof Laurent Charlet

Prof Laurent Charlet

History of the Grenoble Strategic Partnership

The Swansea and Grenoble Strategic Partnership started in 2012 as a research collaboration in nanoscience, energy and ageing with University Joseph Fourier Grenoble (UJF).

It has since developed into a unique, institution-wide multi‐disciplinary collaboration with Universite Grenoble Alpes: a major scientific site in France, and an integrated university that regroups higher education and research stakeholders in Grenoble.  hese include Université Grenoble Alpes; Grenoble Institute of Technology (Ecole Polytechnique); CNRS and INRIA.

Grenoble facts and figures

Facts & Figures
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  • One of the best student cities in France []
  • Population: 450,000
  • 3rd European city of the future [Financial Times]
  • The capital of mountain sports and outdoor activities
  • Close to most famous ski resort Chamonix, and mountain peak Mount-Blanc
Communauté Université Grenoble Alpes

  • Université Grenoble Alpes (created on 1 January 2016 as a result of the merger of Université Joseph Fourier (UJF), Université Pierre-Mendès-France (UPMF) and Université Stendhal)
  • 3 Grandes Écoles: Grenoble INP Institute of Engineering Univ. Grenoble Alpes, Sciences Po Grenoble Institute of Political Studies Univ. Grenoble Alpes, ENSAG School of Architecture Univ. Grenoble Alpes
  • 5 national research organizations: CNRS, Inria, CEA, Inserm, Irstea
  • 1 university hospital: CHU Grenoble Alpes
  • As of January 1st 2020, the Communauté Université Grenoble Alpes and the Université Grenoble Alpes have merged into a single new institution that will include Grenoble INP (Institute of Engineering), Sciences Po Grenoble (School of Political Studies) and ENSAG (School of Architecture). This new institution will maintain the name of Université Grenoble Alpes
Université Grenoble Alpes
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Université Grenoble Alpes (UGA) stems from the aggregation of the former Université Grenoble Alpes and the most prestigious higher education and research institutions in Grenoble: Grenoble INP (School of Engineering), Sciences Po Grenoble (School of Political Science and Public Policy) and ENSAG (Grenoble School of Architecture).

Over 60,000 students are registered at Grenoble Alpes University. 3,000 of them study at the doctoral level and 9,000 are international students.It has 7,500 members of staff based in its two campuses, in Grenoble and Valence.

Université Grenoble Alpes has strong links locally and nationally, with research institutions and networks such as the CNRS, the French Commission for Alternative Energies (CEA), the IT Research Center (INRIA), the University Hospital (CHU), and the French Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM).

Grenoble INP

QS Ranking (Engineering Universities, 2018) France #1 for Materials Science France #3 for Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Shangaï (2017) France #2 in Engineering & technology, and Electrical & Electronic Engineering

U-Multirank (2017) Reuters French top 3 engineering schools

World top 25 in terms of research co-publication with industrial partners

From 1 January 2020 Grenoble INP merged with other institutions in Grenoble to become Université Grenoble Alpes.

Contact us

For further information contact the Academic Partnerships Department