• General information


    The Université Savoie Mont Blanc (USMB) is a French university located in a double border territory with Switzerland and Italy.

    USMB is a multidisciplinary university with 15,000 students in the fields of Science and Technology, Art, Humanities and Languages, Law, Economics, Management and Social Sciences, and research is carried out in 18 research laboratories.

    USMB is a founding member of the European university Unita Universitas Montium whose members are all located in mountain, rural and cross-border areas.

    Since January 2021, USMB chairs the Campus Rhôdanien Alliance alongside the Universities of Grenoble Alpes , Lyon, Geneva, Lausanne, and the Haute École de Suisse Occidentale.

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  • Role of the institution regarding cross-border issues

    The development of cross-border collaborations is a priority for USMB.

    In research, numerous collaborations are developed through Interreg projects (12 Franco-Swiss and 5 Franco-Italian projects in progress) in many fields (health, tourism, energy, etc.), through projects supported by the Alliance Campus Rhodanien and through cross-border multidisciplinary chairs. Those chairs are instruments of cooperation between academic, institutional and economic actors to meet territorial and academic expectations. The first two cross-border chairs are on mobility (www.fondation-usmb.fr/chaire-mobilite/), which aims to create a Franco-Swiss mobility institute, and on energy efficiency (www.fondation-usmb.fr/chaire-citee/).

    In the field of education, exchanges have been increased thanks to double degrees with Italian universities (Torino, Trento, Genoa, Valle d’Aosta, Eastern Piedmont) but also through the development of the European university Unita (www.univ-unita.eu), of which the Università degli studi di Torino is the leader. In this context, the alliance is developing intercomprehension methods in Romance languages, in particular to facilitate Franco-Italian cooperation.

    USMB is also a member of the Forum of Greater Geneva (www.grand-geneve.org/grand-geneve/participation/le-forumdagglomeration). This is an opportunity to confront points of view, exchange ideas, make proposals, and contribute to reflections on the future of Greater Geneva – The Forum is made up of 75 structures from cross-border civil society, divided into 3 colleges (economic, social and cultural, environmental) defined on the basis of the 3 pillars of sustainable development. USMB actively contributes to the economic one.

  • References regarding cross-border issues


    • Master of Cross-Border law with Université de Genève, Università degli studi di Torino, l’Université Savoie Mont Blanc
    • DIU Intercompréhension en langues romanes pour la coopération transfrontalière, Università degli studi di Torino – Université Savoie Mont Blanc
    • Master « European and International Business Law » with Università degli studi di Torino,
    • TEM Summer Schools « Place branding, management and regional developement », Bard (Italie), du 4 au 6 juin 2018 – « Perspectives méthodologiques et théoriques sur le développement territorial et la compétitivité touristique : le cas des territoires de montagne », Chambéry, du 24 au 26 juin 2020

    Research / Applied research

    • CT-TEM is a cross-border observatory, created and shared by the Université Savoie Mont Blanc University and the Università della Valle d’Aosta. Its mission is university training, continuing education and applied academic research, with particular attention to the role of the cross-border territory and its institutions in the creation and reinforcement of both short and long networks, as well as to the competences and environmental factors that allow the birth, growth and internationalization of companies in order to achieve and maintain their competitive advantage


    • « Cultura’atractive. La culture peut-elle renforcer l’attractivité du territoire ? », en collaboration avec le Pôle Touristique Montagne Inventive (usmb) et le projet Interreg Alcotra Corpo Links Cluster, Avrieux, 23-24 mai 2019, 248 participants.

    • « Local development: innovation, tourism and place branding », Bard (Italie), 7-8 juin 2018.


    • Mauri C. & Dornier R., 2018, Tourism sustainability in the Alpine region: What are the major trends and challenges?, Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Emerald, vol. 10, n. 2 ;
    • Mauri C. & Dornier R., 2020, Tourism sustainability in natural, residential and mountain locations: What are the current issues and questions?, World Hospitality Tourism Themes, Emerald, vol. 12, n. 4.