The first ever EIB course at Montpellier Business School, in France, has started with a lecture presenting the EIB Group given on Monday 6 February 2023 by the Head of the EIB Group Paris office.

The EIB course will comprise a series of four lectures presenting the EIB Group, business cycle and activities in France, the EIB Climate Bank Roadmap and the European Investment Fund. At the end of the course, students will visit the EIB in Luxembourg where they will network with the speakers again and visit the EIB art collection.

The course is part of the MSc Sustainable & Inclusive Finance and is co-organised by the Chairholder of the Social & Sustainable Finance Chair created in October 2020 at Montpellier Business School, in partnership with Caisse d’Epargne Languedoc Roussillon and BNP Paribas.

The chairholders Dr. Anastasia Cozarenco and Dr. Thi Hong Van Hoang, aim to promote social finance, in particular microfinance and social banking, and sustainable finance, which aims to direct the flow of financial capital toward projects focused on the achievement of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Montpellier Business School is a French business school located in Montpellier. Founded in 1897 by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Montpellier, the Grande école is one of the oldest of the French Écoles Supérieures de Commerce and welcomes 3,600 students.

The Institute organises and coordinates courses provided by EIB Group staff on the EIB’s Group role, missions and activities.

In 2022, 16 courses (75 lectures) at 13 universities were provided by EIB and EIF Staff. Two EIB Vice-Presidents were among the 40 speakers. Courses were held at the University of Sofia, College of Europe Natolin, College of Europe Bruges, TU Dresden, Sapienza, Sciences Po, Bocconi, UCL, Università degli Studi di Bari and University of Luxembourg.  New courses were launched at the universities of Coimbra (Portugal) and Bucharest (Romania).

In 2022 the EIBI has also launched courses outside the European Union, with the first course held at EUROMED University of Fez (Morocco).