On January 1st 2015, the Administration Council elected Philippe Augé as the new President of UM.
The University of Montpellier is committed to raising its HR practices in Research to the standards set by the European Commission in its Charter and Code. UM was awarded the European “HR Excellence in Research” badge in March 2015.
UM hosts the Observatory for Research on Mediterranean Environment (OREME) that consists of seven laboratories of excellence focusing on the nature and evolution of the earth and universe, tracking the effect of natural hazards, global changes and anthropic side effects of Mediterranean media.
Thanks to the dynamism and the influence of its laboratories, coupled with a professionalizing policy, the university contributes to the socioeconomic development of the region through the employability of its students.
The university takes part in 6 competitive clusters that draw together a network of companies, research units and educational structures, offering collaborative and competitive solutions for joint projects.
Montpellier is not only one of the top research locations in France; its inhabitants also enjoy a high quality of life on the Mediterranean coast with: about 300 sunny days per year, and a dynamic cultural and social life that raises the city to third place on the ranking of “the best student cities in France”.
Young, dynamic and multicultural, Montpellier twinned with 10 different towns (from Rio de Janeiro to Chengdu, including Louisville and Heidelberg), numerous exchange programmes and many international events (International Mediterranean Film Festival, Montpellier Danse, Radio France Music Festival, Fise World Montpellier).