Montpellier University 2: In The Tradition Of Excellence

Located in the Herault section of Montpellier, France, the Montpellier University 2 is a modern post-secondary institution that has grown from a long tradition of scholarship, research, and instruction in the southern region of France. Also known as the University of Science and Techniques, or its much-abbreviated form, UM2, it was officially formed when the original University of Montpellier was divided into three highly focused and specialized universities. UM2 provides focused, post-secondary level training and research work in science and technology, and offers degree programs concentrated in math, chemistry, ecology, and biology. The University of Montpellier 2 has a direct lineage back to the original University of Montpellier that has their official founding year in 1160, although many have argued for a more likely founding of long before, during the time of the late Roman Empire. Regardless, Montpellier 2 has clearly inherited the long-standing tradition of educating generations of the region’s best and brightest in many disciplines

Currently, UM2 has just short of 15,000 students enrolled in their eight separate schools, each specializing in a specific field of science. Undergraduate and graduate level courses are offered in nearly every field of science, including marine biology, engineering, science education and many others. The campus itself spans 33 hectares (roughly 82 acres) and is home to the renowned Institute of Botany of Montpellier. The Institute was founded by the French botanist Charles Flahault in 1889 and currently houses the second largest herbarium in France as well as a vast collection of biological samples, and research laboratories focused on both ecology and parasitology. The Institute is predated by some 12 years by Sete, which is the UM2 marine biology research station. Both of these unique research facilities provide faculty and students with world-class research and learning tools.

Located just north of the city center, Montpellier 2 calls its namesake city home. Montpellier, France is located in the southern region of France, in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. It is a culturally rich city of more than 255,000 people built on hilly land surrounding the River Lez, some 10 kilometers inland from the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean coast. The greater metropolitan area is home to about 600,000 people. Montpellier is one of the fastest growing cities in the country and is currently the eighth largest city in France. The city enjoys a very comfortable Mediterranean climate and has a wealth of historic buildings dating far back into the Middle Ages. Montpellier is home to numerous festivals including the annual Festival de Radio France et Montpellier. Numerous professional sports teams call the city home including Ligue 1’s Montpellier HSC, the French Rugby Union’s Montpellier Herault RC, and a French Division 1 ice hockey team, the Montpellier Vipers.

The University of Montpellier 2 offers students the opportunity for unparalleled educational opportunities in a unique, but rich, urban environment. From outstanding classroom experiences to world-class research opportunities, to a city environment with a rich French cultural history, UM2 is a top-tiered educational institution in a dynamic, culturally rich environment.


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