Research geared towards the needs of the 21st century society
Acknowledged in worldwide university rankings (Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities, QS ranking), University of Montpellier is internationally recognized for its expertise in many scientific fields such as health-biology, agro-environmental science, chemistry, information and communication technologies and science.
UM coordinates 5 Laboratories of Excellence and 7 Equipment of Excellence projects which all result from a highly selective and competitive French national call-for-funding process.
From space exploration and robotics, to eco-engineering or chronic diseases, the University researchers conduct research, seeking to provide innovational responses for mankind and the environment around.
A favorable environment for world-class research
UM provides its researchers with the required technological platforms and facilities for cutting-edge research.
It works in partnership with the Montpellier University Hospital, which ranks 6th in France, and the Nîmes University Hospital, as well as with numerous research institutions represented in Montpellier including CNRS, INSERM, INRA, CIRAD, IRD, INRIA, IRSTEA, CEA, IFREMER, and BRGM.
Since March 2015, the University of Montpellier has committed to aligning its practices up to the standards set by the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers (C&C), two sets of principles adopted by the European Commission (EC) in 2005 to promote research careers in Europe. UM was the first French university to receive the European “HR Excellence in Research” award for its Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R).
Generating value is a priority
UM maintains strong links with state-of-the-art industries established in the region, especially in the biomedical and new technology sectors (Horiba, DELL, Sanofi…). Joint-research stakeholders have access to many of UM’s laboratories through public-private partnerships
Technology transfer friendly, the Montpellier ecosystem is comprised of 5 competitiveness clusters, a high-tech park and a business incubator (Montpellier Agglomeration Business Innovation Centre, BIC), ranked in the world’s top 5. UM also partners with the regional agency in charge of value generating (SATT AxLR, a technology transfer acceleration company for innovative projects derived from academic research).