Centrale Nantes Rankings

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.



Times Higher Education World University Rankings by Subject 2024 - Centrale Nantes is ranked the 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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QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023: Centrale Nantes ranked 87th in the world for Mechanical Engineering

Centrale Nantes comes in at 190th position in the world for Engineering and Technology and has made significant progress across several engineering fields and subjects:
  • Mechanical engineering: Centrale Nantes jumped a further 22 places to 87th place in the world for this subject and 3rd in France - behind Polytechnique and Université PSL (the only three French institutions to make the top 100)
  • Civil engineering: the school is one of only five French institutions ranked in the top 200 worldwide for this subject alongside Ecole des Ponts ParisTech (top 100) and INSA Lyon, Université Grenoble Alpes, Université PSL.
This year, the QS World University Rankings has ranked 1,594 institutions from around the world, for 54 subjects grouped into 5 broad fields (including Engineering and Technology). Five indicators determine the rankings: academic reputation - employer reputation - research citations per paper  - H-index - international research network

L'Etudiant 2023 - Centrale Nantes in 7th place

Centrale Nantes ranks in 7th place in the 2023 Etudiant rankings.

The Etudiant ranking for French engineering schools, which lists 169 CTI-accredited establishments, measures over forty indicators in five major areas of development: 1/ academic excellence, 2/ social openness, 3/ international openness, 4/ environment and 5/ links with industry. Centrale Nantes performed particularly well on the 'company forum' indicator, which shows the ability of engineering schools to mobilise companies during events where they offer students internships, degree apprenticeship programmes and jobs.

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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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Figaro 2024

The Figaro étudiant ranks Centrale Nantes in 11th place amongst French Engineering schools in 2023.

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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 November 3, 2023