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About the University
The Université Polytechnique Hauts-de-France, formerly known as the University of Valenciennes (UVHC), is a French public university founded in 1964. Today, the University is spread over four campuses in Les Hauts de France Region in northern France, on the Belgium border.
The University manages a budget of 120 million euros and has 8 faculties – one of which is the IAE-University School of Management – and 7 research laboratories. The University hosts 11 000 students, of which 3 500 are enrolled in the management, economics and law faculties. The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) association of the University helps international students settle into student life.
Locations and Campuses
The campuses are located in Valenciennes at the Mont Houy (main campus) and Les Tertiales (city-centre campus and site of the IAE-University School of Management), as well as in two nearby towns, Cambrai, and Maubeuge.
The historical city of Valenciennes has been dubbed the “Athens of the North” due to its Academy of painting and sculpture dating from the 17th century. It is also the birthplace of well-known artists and writers such as Jean Froissart, Antoine Watteau, Louise d’Épinay, Henri Harpignies, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Henri Matisse.
The city of Valenciennes has high-performance transport networks that include high-quality motorways, high-speed and regional trains and nearby international airports. Valenciennes is 35 minutes by train from the city of Lille, the Regional capital, and about 1.5 hours from the national capital, Paris.