University of Franche-Comté

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University of Franche-Comté
Université de Franche-Comté
Université de Franche-Comté logo.jpg
Established1423 (in Dole, Jura)
1621 (in Besançon)
PresidentJacques Bahi
Academic staff
(1,500 professional tutors)
Administrative staff
Students23,690 (2016)
Centre for Applied Linguistics
3,695 (2016)
Main campus: Besançon

The University of Franche-Comté is a French university in the Academy of Besançon with five campuses: Besançon (Doubs), Belfort (named for Léon Delarbre), Montbéliard (Doubs), Vesoul (Haute-Saône), and Lons-le-Saunier (Jura).


The university was founded in 1423 in Dole, at that time in the Duchy of Burgundy.[1] It was moved to Besançon in 1691 as Dole was being punished for having resisted too long against the king of France Louis XIV during his conquest of the region.[1]

Research centres[edit]

The Centre for Applied Linguistics (CLA) of the University of Franche-Comté ranks among the top language teaching institutions in the world. The CLA has research contacts in more than 110 countries, and partners with the French Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Centre of Distance Teaching (CTU) allow to people who are working to continue to study in different matters like history, informatics, mathematics, AEG, etc.

Much of the international visibility in pure and applied science at the University of Franche-Comté comes through the CNRS FEMTO-ST with its expertise in numerous fields, including physics, optics, mechanics, time-frequency, microsystems and nanotechnology.

Research about Wikipedia[edit]

In 2015, Dr José Lages of the University of Franche-Comté and Dima Shepelyansky of Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse published a global university ranking based on Wikipedia scholarly citations.[2][3][4]

Notable scholars and alumni[edit]

Some notable professors include:

Some alumni include:


  1. ^ a b "Historique". Universite de Franche-Comte. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  2. ^ "Wikipedia-Mining Algorithm Reveals World's Most Influential Universities: An algorithm's list of the most influential universities contains some surprising entries". MIT Technology Review. December 7, 2015. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  3. ^ Marmow Shaw, Jessica (December 10, 2015). "Harvard is only the 3rd most influential university in the world, according to this list". MarketWatch. Retrieved December 27, 2015.
  4. ^ Bothwell, Ellie (December 15, 2015). "Wikipedia Ranking of World Universities: the top 100. List ranks institutions by search engine results and Wikipedia appearances". Times Higher Education. Retrieved December 27, 2015.

Points of interest[edit]

See also[edit]

Coordinates: 47°14′26″N 6°01′21″E / 47.24056°N 6.02250°E / 47.24056; 6.02250

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