Montpellier Business School
09 April 2024

MBS enters a new dimension

MBS enters a new dimension

MBS, one of the major Business Schools in France with over 125 years of history, is embarking on a new era of development. This expansion includes the opening of a new eco-campus in Montpellier scheduled for 2026, the inauguration of a site in Paris in September 2024 and the exploration of international expansion. The aim is to keep MBS among the leading grandes écoles, both nationally and internationally, by drawing on academic excellence, professional expertise and a multi-site presence.


A gradual opening in Paris

From the start of the 2024 academic year, MBS will open its Paris campus in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the historic student quarter of Paris.

There are several reasons for this opening. The school wants to offer students in the Ile-de-France region high-quality training and privileged access to unlimited work-study programmes, but also to reduce the number of work-study students travelling between Montpellier and the Ile-de-France region. This Paris campus will enable MBS to strengthen its national and international appeal for post-baccalaureate and international students.

As soon as it opens, students will be able to follow the MSc Global Business Management programme, a specialisation 100% in English that provides training in international business and the challenges of globalisation, and the Executive Master (DMOS), a degree course for future executives in strategic and operational management.

From 2025, MBS will be offering a ‘Bachelor Start’ programme for baccalaureate holders wishing to re-orientate themselves. This first year of a Bachelor’s degree on the Paris campus will be a real springboard towards MBS’s internationally recognised  Bachelor’s degree.

At the start of the 2026 academic year, MBS will open its Bachelor’s programme, as well as the Grande Ecole programme (Master in Management), on a sandwich course basis and with no limit on places.

The school plans to welcome around 50 students to its Paris campus for the first time, and to increase this number tenfold by 2030.


Anima: an ambitious eco-responsible campus In Montpellier, Southern France

In Montpellier, the foundation stone for this future campus was laid on 29 March, marking the start of 30 months of construction work with a view to opening the campus at the start of the 2026 academic year.

The future Anima eco-campus is eco-designed and has been awarded silver-level “Bâtiment Durable Occitanie” certification. This standard includes more than 300 criteria divided into 7 themes: site, energy, water, comfort and health, materials, social and economic, and project management.

In this building, which will also house the Purple Campus and the Occitanie Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI), MBS will have 20,000m2 spread over 6 floors. The school will be able to accommodate up to 6,000 students in a modular space dedicated to active teaching methods and student life. Students will be able to take advantage of two lecture theatres, a start-up incubator, premises for associations, a rooftop cafeteria and a ‘smart building’ comprising connected, modular classrooms and a digital learning centre for practising new technologies and artificial intelligence.

Ideally located, the campus is just 300m from the TGV station, very close to the airport and 10 minutes by tram from Montpellier city centre. Students will benefit from a unique environment, immersed in the French Tech ecosystem and the Innovation Hall, and in daily contact with the CCI’s partner companies.

Opposite the campus, the Halle Nova will offer a diverse range of catering services and a sports hall, providing an enriching living and studying environment. On the other side, a 30-hectare green space invites students and visitors to relax and enjoy themselves.

More than 800 student accommodation units will also be built close to the campus.


New academic partnerships

MBS keeps developing new national and international partnerships with leading institutions. From the start of the 2024 academic year, students will be able to take advantage of new double degrees with EPF engineering school in Montpellier, but also with Queensland University of Technology (Australia), Manchester Metropolitan University (United Kingdom), Kozminski University (Poland), University Utara Malaysia (Malaysia) and Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali (Colombia).

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