The University of Montpellier is a French public university (a public scientific, cultural and professional institution), with legal personality and educational, scientific, administrative and financial autonomy. It is represented by its president.
The president is elected for a 4-year term by the University Executive Board (whose members are elected by their peers). The President has the overall responsibility of running the university with the help of the Vice-Presidents who are designated based on a specific specialty area. The University of Montpellier organization is comprised of governance bodies, departments, administrative and central services.
The University elaborates its pedagogical and scientific policy within the framework of national regulations and its contractual commitments. It is administered in complete autonomy by its various elected bodies.
At the university, the legislative authority is enacted by two councils that are chaired by the President: the Executive board and the Academic council, whose members are elected by the academic community.
The executive board decides on the institution’s policy.
The academic council is comprised of 80 elected members divided into two committees (the research committee and the training and academic life committee).
The academic council ensures the consistency and coordination between the institution’s training and research policies.
A Chief Operating Officer is in charge of the main administration with the help of 4 Deputy Chief Operating Officers. The main administrative structure is divided into 24 divisions, regrouped into 5 categories: research, education, estate & logistics, campus life and transversal services.