The departments of Savoie and Haute-Savoie, fruits of the last great province 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 territory is all the stronger and more singular for his eponymous university.
A territory exists only through its actors, their representation of the world, the actions they take as a result and the individual and collective identity that emerges from it. The territory is a conscious space, a social construction, 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 institution which, although largely under-resourced, has developed remarkably well thanks to the redoubled efforts of its staff and the support of local authorities, the Université Savoie Mont Blanc has endeavoured to fulfil the missions defined by Article L123-3 of the Education Code amended by the law of 23 July 2013:
- Initial and continuing training throughout life.
- Scientific and technological research, the dissemination and exploitation of its results in the service of society.
- Guidance, social promotion and professional integration.
- The dissemination of humanist culture, in particular through the development of the human and social sciences, and of scientific, technological and industrial culture.
- Participation in the construction of the European Higher Education and Research Area.
- International cooperation.
It thus participates in the national university ecosystem, which needs diversity to be constantly renewed. What matters is not the size of an institution - which welcomes as many students as MIT and only wants to participate in a comparable environment - but its project, its ability to innovate and succeed. Non-metropolitan universities in a peripheral position, in synergy with their territory, which in the Pays de Savoie have metropolitan characteristics, have demonstrated their skills in terms of training, research and development. They are the guarantors of spatial planning that avoids some of the negative effects of metropolization, and of equal opportunities for students through easier access for the greatest number of them to higher education. The interactions between these establishments and their socio-economic environment have produced skills, growth and employment. They have generated cultural development in every sense of the word, a shared development for the benefit of families and especially young people.