About the city
Sophia Antipolis is an exceptional technology park situated between the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains. Based on a concept inspired by American technology parks, it is well known for its excellent quality of life and stimulating environment.
Not only does the area abound in natural beauty for which the French Riviera is popular, but it also has a rich cultural and social life enriched by the diversity of its population. It includes parts of the towns of Antibes, Biot, Mougins, Valbonne and Vallauris and has almost one million inhabitants. All year round, a host of activities and water sports take place in this region, including sailing, windsurfing, kite surfing, kayaking, sea fishing, water skiing, jet skiing, and more.
Sophia Antipolis is home to several higher education institutes and universities that have created a vibrant student community of over 5,000.
About the campus
SKEMA's 30-hectare state-of-the-art campus fits harmoniously in the vibrant 'knowledge community' that comprises over 1,300 companies in sectors such as information and communications technology and biotechnology. The school is part of Université Côte d'Azur.
The business ecosystem of Sophia Antipolis is characterised by a unique blend of multinational corporations, cutting-edge startups, research institutions, and academic centres. Over 2,500 companies operate within the park, employing more than 38,000 professionals (80+ nationalities) and covering sectors such as information technology, telecommunications, biotechnology, and renewable energy. This diversity fosters cross-sector collaboration and synergy, creating a rich environment for knowledge exchange and business development.
The presence of leading research institutions, including INRIA (National Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation) and CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research), adds to the academic dimension of the region. These institutions contribute to the development of groundbreaking technologies, attracting top-tier talent and fostering a culture of continuous innovation.
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