Centrale Nantes Rankings

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2024: Centrale Nantes ranked 125th in the world for Mechanical Engineering

  • Mechanical engineering: Centrale Nantes is ranked 125th in the world for this subject, and in 5th place amongst the French institutions listed.
  • Electrical and electronic engineering: Centrale Nantes in the top 500 globally.
This year, the QS World University Rankings ranked 1,559 institutions worldwide for 55 subjects grouped into 5 broad fields areas (including Engineering and Technology). Five indicators determine the rankings: academic reputation - employer reputation - research citations per paper - H-index - international research network.

L'Etudiant 2024 - Centrale Nantes in 4th place

Centrale Nantes ranks in 4th place in the 2024 Etudiant rankings.

Centrale Nantes moved up to joint 4th place - alongside IMT Atlantique - in the 2024 Etudiant ranking (up from 7th in 2023).

Centrale Nantes performed particularly well on the international criteria, with a score of 29/30, and in terms of employability, with a score of 16/20.

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L'Etudiant also ranks Centrale Nantes as the best school for civil engineering specialisations and in the top two in France offering an engineering programme specialisation in computer science

Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2024 - Centrale Nantes is ranked in the world's top 300 for Engineering and the top 500 for both Computer Sciences and Physical Sciences

Of the 1374 institutions ranked in the world by the Times Higher Education in the field of engineering, Centrale Nantes is ranked in the top 300 for 2024. This places the school in third place for engineering schools in France.

In both physical sciences and computer science, Centrale Nantes is ranked in the top 500 worldwide for 2024.

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Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024 - Centrale Nantes in the top 500

Out of more than 1,900 institutions ranked worldwide by Times Higher Education, Centrale Nantes is positioned in the top 500 globally, 11th in France (out of 49 institutions) and 2nd among French engineering schools.

To join this elite circle, five major performance indicators are used evaluate institutions: teaching, research, citations, industry income and international outlook.

Centrale Nantes performed particularly well in 3 areas:
  • international outlook (ranked 152nd worldwide and 3rd in France),
  • industry income (ranked 8th in France and 250th worldwide)
  • teaching (ranked 285th worldwide).
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Centrale Nantes ranked 63rd in the 2024 Times Higher Education Young University Rankings

Centrale Nantes is ranked 63rd in the world and 10th among French institutions in the 2024 Times Higher Education Young University Rankings which lists the world’s best universities that are 50 years old or younger.

Figaro 2024

The Figaro étudiant ranks Centrale Nantes in 11th place amongst French Engineering schools in 2024.

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Nantes Université, first French university to enter Shanghai's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects for Marine/Ocean Engineering

The Shanghai 2023 "Marine/Ocean Engineering" GRAS ranks Nantes Université, which includes Centrale Nantes, France's leader player in ocean engineering, in 41st place worldwide. This makes it the first and only French institution in this ranking, which lists the world's 50 best universities per academic subject.

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Centrale Nantes tops the 2023 ranking of engineering schools most committed to transition, compiled by Les Echos START and ChangeNOW


For the third edition of this ranking, this top spot confirms the school's commitment and leadership in terms of sustainable development, with regard to its own impact, its research and training activities, and its relationships with its partners.



Centrale Nantes in the world's top 600 - Times Higher Education "Impact Rankings" 2023

Centrale Nantes is ranked in the top 600 worldwide and in 11th place among the French institutions in the ranking.

Centrale Nantes performed well on five goals in particular:
  • Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation - top 200 (SDG 9)
  • Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all - top 300 (SDG 8)
  • Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all - top 400 (SDG 7)
  • Reduce inequality within and among countries - top 400 (SDG 10)
  • Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns - top 400 (SDG 12)

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Centrale Nantes in 15th position in the 2023 Usine Nouvelle ranking of French engineering schools

Of the 131 national institutions ranked by Usine Nouvelle, Centrale Nantes is in 15th place.

To establish this ranking, L'Usine Nouvelle takes into account 4 main criteria:
  •  Young graduate employment
  •  Links with industry
  • Research
  • International outreach
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U-MultiRank 2022 - Centrale Nantes in the 3 top performing French institutions

Out of 123 French institutions included in this ranking, Centrale Nantes, Telecom ParisSud and INP Toulouse received the highest number (18) of ‘A’ (very good) scores in 2022.

The school stands out in three categories:
  • International orientation: 5 A scores
  • Knowledge transfer: 5 A scores
  • Research: 4 A scores
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Speak & Act's Best School Experience Happiness Barometer 2021 - Centrale Nantes ranks in top 5 engineering schools

Centrale Nantes is ranked 5th among engineering schools offering the best student experience. Speak & Act's Best School Experience Happiness Barometer is designed to highlight the schools and universities where students are happiest and to guide applicants in their search for the best student experience. Centrale Nantes climbs 11 places from 2020.
Published on November 14, 2016 Updated on May 14, 2024