The University of Lorraine is a grand établissement created on 1st January 2012 by the merger of Nancy-I, Nancy-II, Paul Verlaine University – Metz, and the INPL. 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, and management) and one in Metz (material sciences, technology, and management). The University of Lorraine has a student body of over 52,000 and offers 101 accredited research centers organized in 9 research areas and 8 doctoral colleges.
Nancy-Université federated the three principal institutes of higher education of Nancy, in Lorraine before their merger into the University of Lorraine: The University of Nancy 1, also known as Henri Poincaré University (UHP), The University of Nancy 2, The National Polytechnic Institute of Lorraine (INPL)
The original University of Nancy was founded in 1572 in the nearby city of Pont-à-Mousson, and transferred to Nancy in 1768. With over 50 000 students, Nancy has the fifth largest student population in France.
Nancy 1 is made up of the colleges of:
The University of Nancy 1 has over 18,000 students and over 2,500 faculty, research, and administrative personnel. The UHP has 43 research laboratories attached to it. The University of Nancy 1 was founded in 1572.
Nancy 2 is made up of the colleges of:
The University of Nancy 2 has over 20,000 students and over 2,500 faculty, research, and administrative personnel.
INPL is made up of 7 Engineering colleges and the School of Architecture:
The INPL has 26 research laboratories attached to it. The laboratories are grouped into the following five areas :
Agronomy, Biotechnology, and Food Sciences
Geosciences Information Systems,
Automatics, Electronics, and Mathematics
Mechanics and Energy, Processes, and Products
Luleå University of Technology and Nancy Université have been partners for nearly 25 years. The first agreement between INPL and LTU was signed June 11, 1985. 2009 LTU collaborates with all three institutes, and has signed Erasmus agreements with ESSTIN, ENSTIB (Nancy 1), ICN (Nancy 2) and EEIGM, ENSAIA, ENSEM, ENSG, ENSGSI, ENSIC and ENSMN (INPL).
Nearly 1000 students from Nancy have spent a semester or academic year as an Erasmus student at LTU.
Every year a many academics visit each other for shorter teaching periods. This is done within the Erasmus program. The main subjects for staff exchange are Material Science, Mobile Systems, Wood Science, Chemistry, Composite Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, Construction Engineering and Mines.
Cooperation is also taking part within research as well as projects and joint programmes.