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Northern France’s excellence is built on two complementary strengths: training and R&D. The talented young people graduating from our universities, life-long learning programs, elite graduate schools and training centers today will be tomorrow’s R&D teams at local companies.


We’ve got qualifications. Now France’s second-largest education cluster, Northern France is home to 200,000 students, or 7% of the total nationwide. And our elite graduate schools are shaping the finest managers and engineers of tomorrow.

Research and development

We’ve got potential. Nearly 10,000 people work in R&D region-wide, and Northern France’s excellence is backed by innovation from major research centers in the area.