The Institute of Chemistry, created in 1879, became the Ecole Nationale Supérieure of Chemistry of Montpellier in 1941. Montpellier had already a long-established medical college and a school of Pharmacy, but also a respected Royal Society of Sciences created in 1706. In 1810, a Faculty of Science started with initially seven chairs: mathematics, astronomy, physics, chemistry, zoology, botany, and mineralogy.
In 1964, the faculty left the centre of Montpellier to settle in a 30 hectare campus to the north of the city on which 146 000 m2 of buildings for teaching and research were built.
The University Montpellier (called Université des Sciences & Techniques) is a multi-discipline university whose teaching and research centre on the sciences and technological research. Montpellier belongs now to the Top 10 of French Universites. It currently has over 13 000 students, 1130 professors, 1800 adminisrative and technical staff. The university is considerably older than its formal founding date, associated with a bull issued by Pope Nicholas IV in 1289, combining all the long-existing schools into a university.
Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier
The Institut de Chimie Moléculaire et des Matériaux, Institut Charles Gerhardt Montpellier (ICGM) was founded January 1, 2007. As a major actor of the chemistry pole (Pôle Chimie Balard) on the site of Montpellier. The ambition of ICGM is to present a center ofexcellence in research, education and technology transfer, in the fieldsofmolecular and material chemistry.
The Institute pools the expertise of chemists, physicists and pharmacists in eight teams, renowned in the fields of molecular, macromolecular and inorganic synthesis, solid state chemistry, materials science, theory and modeling, catalysis, energy generation and storage, electronics and healthcare.
University of Montpellier welcomes 2332 international students coming from all over the world and especially from Europe and the mediterranean countries. Further more the University of Montpellier appears in the prestigious Shangaï ranking and is situated among the ten best French Universities.
The University of Montpellier is strongly involved in a variety of international projects in different frameworks. UM2 has also a huge experience in the Erasmus programme. This implies an operating infrastructure for welcome service offered to foreign students . UM2 has put the development of Erasmus Mundus and related programmes as one of the highest priorities of the university.