The departments of Savoie and Haute-Savoie, the fruits of the last great province to be integrated into France in 1860, are the only ones to have inherited the reference to a name from the Ancien Régime. The relationship with the land is all the stronger for its eponymous university.

A territory only exists through its players, their representation of the world, the actions they take as a result, and the individual and collective identity that emerges. The territory is a conscious space, a social construct, which takes into account economic and demographic dynamics, and which can extend beyond national borders, as is the case for Savoie Mont Blanc.

A non-metropolitan establishment which, although largely under-resourced, has developed remarkably thanks to the redoubled efforts of its staff and the support of local authorities, theUniversité Savoie Mont Blanc is committed to fulfilling the missions defined by Article L123-3 of the Education Code, amended by the law of July 23, 2013:

  • The academics initial and ongoing lifelong learning.
  • Scientific and technological research, and the dissemination and promotion of its results for the benefit of society.
  • Guidance, social promotion and professional integration.
  • Disseminating humanist culture, in particular through the development of human and social sciences, and scientific, technical and industrial culture.
  • Participation in the construction of the European Higher Education and Research Area.
  • International cooperation.

In this way, it contributes to the national university ecosystem, which needs diversity to constantly renew itself. What counts is not the size of an institution - which welcomes as many students as MIT and is only too willing to participate in a comparable environment - but its project, its capacity to innovate and succeed. Non-metropolitan universities on the periphery, in synergy with their territory, which in Pays de Savoie has metropolitan characteristics, have demonstrated their abilities in terms of offering academics, research and development. They are guarantors of regional planning that avoids some of the negative effects of metropolization, and of equal opportunities for students by facilitating access to higher education for as many people as possible. The interactions between these establishments and their socio-economic environment have generated qualifications, growth and employment. They have generated cultural development in every sense of the word, and shared development for the benefit of families, especially young people.