PH ZurichBordeaux Montaigne University is a teaching and research institution, historically part of Bordeaux University, founded in 1441. In 1970, Bordeaux University splitted into four different institutions and Bordeaux Montaigne, formerly Bordeaux 3, became the only higher education institution specialized in the humanities in the south-west of France.

It currently employs 1,250 faculty and staff, with more than 16,000 students working in three faculties (Humanities, Languages and Cultures, Communication) and two institutes (University Institute of Technology, Bordeaux Aquitaine Institute of Journalism) on an extensive campus on the outskirts of Bordeaux.

The francophone UNESCO Chair in Education, training and research in sustainable development, hosted by Bordeaux Montaigne University, was created in 2010 and renewed in 2015, as part of UNESCO Global Action Programme 2015-2019, and actively works towards the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

The Master’s degree in Territorial Management of sustainable development is one of Bordeaux Montaigne’s most successful degrees, and offers students the opportunity to work closely with a wide range of local structures. In its new curriculum (2021-2026), Bordeaux Montaigne has pledged to give sustainable development education more visibility and to impart a sustainable dimension to all its activities. A new position of Vice-President for sustainable development was created in 2020 to ensure that all-important goal is reached.


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Founding members

These institutions supported the foundation of the COPERNICUS Alliance in 2010 by donating an extra sponsorship: 

  • University of Graz, Austria
  • University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, Austria
  • University of Technology Graz, Austria
  • WU Vienna University of Economics and Business, Austria
  • Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Leuphana University Luneburg, Germany
  • Open Universiteit in the Netherlands, The Netherlands
  • London South Bank University, UK
  • University of Gloucestershire, UK