An attractive labour pool
A young and active city
Lille, the student town par excellence ! With 118,000 students, or 10% of its population...the city of Lille is one of the biggest university centres in France. The diversity and quality of higher education and research centres have allowed for the creation of a large, qualified labour pool that companies can count on.
10% foreign students
43% of the population
is under 30 years old
3 recognised business schools
(sc: ADULM 2019)
2 major universities
Higher education and research, which alone generate more than 40,000 jobs direct and indirect jobs, are key drivers of the city's economic momentum. In close collaboration with economic operators, the world of education is able to adapt and respond swiftly and effectively to changes in businesses' needs.
Public university among the top 100 best European universities. The University of Lille has more than 70,000 students divided between 17 faculties and 6 institutes
6 subject areas :
- Arts, Literature, Languages
- Law, Economics and Health Management
- Human and Social Sciences
- Technological Sciences
- Science and Technology of
- Physical and Sports Activities (STAPS)
A federation of private institutions, Lille's multidisciplinary university federation has 30,000 students divided between 5 faculties and 18 schools.
6 subject areas :
- Law, Economics and Management
- Innovation and Design Thinking
- Literature and Human Sciences, Theology, Ethics, Education
- Health, Social
- Science, Technology, Digital
- Political Science and International Relations
The city of Lille has a large proportion of leading universities:
14% of the city's students registered with these "grandes écoles".
20% of French engineers are trained in the Region. (NFI)
3 schools in the top 100 best business schools according to the Financial Times 2020 and L'Étudiant
7,000 students registered with a collegium of public leading universities
Research and development at the heart of innovation
Research and development play a key role in the region's development strategy. In 2014, Métropole Européenne de Lille dedicated €982 million of internal research and development spending, equal to 2.1% of the national weighting, divided equally between the public and private sectors !
3 Areas of Excellence
Digital Science and Economy