Jean-Baptiste Marcoz, politician and professor of mathematics, bequeathed his entire fortune to the town of Chambéry in 1834, founded the first vocational school and in 1890 allowed the construction of the initial buildings of the current university presidency. A vice-rectorate was established in Chambery in 1860, then a rectorate in 1862, which was maintained until 1920. It was not until 1960 that a University Scientific College saw the light of day, followed in 1963 by a University Literary College. Their merger, in 1969, gave birth to the University Centre of Savoie (CUS), based in Chambéry. Its first president, the jurist Roger Decottignies, left his name to the amphitheatre on rue Marcoz.
In 1973, the University Institute of Technology of Annecy-le-Vieux (IUT of Annecy) opened its doors and paved the way for a fruitful two-departmental development. Finally, by the decree of 27 June 1979, the CUS officially became the University of Chambéry with the usual name "Université de Savoie". The student residence of Jacob-Bellecombette took the name of its first president, the biologist Jacques Rebecq.
Since then, the Savoyard establishment has continued to evolve. It is located in two departments and is divided into
on four main sites:
- the Presidency and the National Centre of Teachers working with young people with sensory deficiencies (CNFEDS), in Chambéry;
- the Annecy, Bourget-du-Lac and Jacob-Bellecombette campuses.
Anxious to spread and network the territory in which it is located, the university is also established in other towns in the area such as Thonon-les-Bains or Annemasse or soon in Ferney-Voltaire.
It became a founding member of the PRES "Université de Grenoble" on July 16, 2010, which was transformed into a Community of universities and institutions "Université Grenoble Alpes" with the law of July 22, 2013. As a "reinforced" associate of this ComUE, the disappearance of the latter leads it to discuss, within the framework of the decree of 12 December 2018, a territorial coordination agreement with the new Grenoble Alpes University which will appear on 1 January 2020.
In 2014, the University of Savoie is choosing to change its identity. The following year, it becomes "Université Savoie Mont Blanc", a symbol of unity within the two Savoie departments and of national and international visibility.
Located between Lyon and Grenoble, on the borders of Switzerland and Italy, the University of Savoie Mont Blanc is a major player in the intellectual, cultural, social and economic development of its territory. Thanks to the close and constructive links it has forged with other local, regional and national players, the University of Savoie Mont Blanc is today a key partner in the academic university dynamic of a French-speaking area that transcends borders, as its project for a European university attests.
At the start of the 2018 academic year, it will have nearly 15,000 students, to whom it will offer around 200 diploma courses at all levels of L-M-D. Its courses are based on the work of 19 recognized research laboratories.
High-level research, high-quality multidisciplinary training courses that ensure proven professionalism, personalised supervision and international openness are all assets to ensure personal success and the best possible integration of students into the knowledge-based society of today and tomorrow.