About the city
Situated in the north of France, Lille is the capital of the Hauts-de-France region. Many modern retail practices such as mail-order sales, factory outlets, franchising and mass-market distribution began in northern France. It is also the birthplace of mail-order pioneers such as La Redoute, 3 Suisses and Damart, and retail giants like Auchan, Decathlon, Leroy Merlin, Boulanger and Norauto.
The metropolitan area of Lille has one of the biggest student populations in the country and is a sought-after destination for those looking to pursue higher education.
Various modes of public transport are available in the city, including buses, trams and a driverless metro system.
About the campus
SKEMA Business School's Lille campus is a 20,000-square-metre modern facility located in the heart of the city's business centre, a stone's throw away from the city's old town and the Grand Place. Situated between two TGV stations, it is half an hour away from Paris, 38 minutes from Brussels and 1 hour 20 minutes from London.
Northern France offers a dynamic business environment and hosts the largest number of headquarters of leading companies after Paris. It has a thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem that students can benefit from.
It attracts most of the foreign investment, is the second biggest area for insurance companies, and is the third biggest financial market in France. It also has a highly developed textile industry and is the third most important city in France for exports and the automotive industry. Lille is the cradle of mass retailing and hosts many world-renowned companies.
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