Excelia has launched several study programmes on the premises of the Centre du Guesclin.
Resulting from a common desire to address the challenges of digital innovation, Excelia has been part of Niort’s digital ecosystem since 2017, based on the premises of the Centre du Guesclin.
NIORT…A MAJOR BUSINESS HUB
As part of its commitment to its local region, Excelia has developed a range of study programmes on the premises of the Centre du Guesclin in Niort. This has been possible thanks to the involvement of local companies, with Excelia offering programmes that respond to their particular needs.
Some 90% of the data that exists today has been generated over the last two years. This phenomenon is exponential and companies are not yet geared up to exploit this precious resource which would enable them to improve their performance. To address this challenge, training future skilled personnel who are immediately operational, Excelia has developed innovative and highly focussed study programmes. These programmes are now available in Niort, which itself is a leading city in the field of insurance, a sector that is at the forefront of data exploitation.
Understanding consumer expectations, optimising a company’s internal management, determining the right price for contracts, anticipating market demands... mass data analysis has infinite potential to fuel business decisions and innovation. However, due to a lack of suitable skills and expertise within companies, this potential is currently under-exploited. The objective of Excelia’s programmes is to train students to become skilled professionals in the world of data, with the ability to capitalise on its strategic value.
With a population of over 59,000, Niort is the hub of a conurbation made up of 40 towns and villages, which together total some 120,000 residents. As a leader in the field of insurance, the Niort area has been ranked the 4th largest financial centre in France. Niort also happens to be located in New Aquitaine, one of the most dynamic regions in terms of employment, ranking third on the list of wealth-generating regions in France. The region boasts more than 50,000 companies with many of the key players in the field of cutting-edge technology choosing to base their headquarters here.
Niort is also an area with a rich cultural and industrial heritage, as evidenced by its many listed buildings and monuments. As such, it has applied for the Ville ou pays d'art et d'histoire label (City or regions of art and history) awarded by the French Ministry of Culture.
The Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the 18th and 19th centuries have all left their mark on the urban landscape. The city also boasts villas and facades from the Art Nouveau period, an architectural style that flourished at the beginning of the 20th century.
Since 2014, Niort has been the largest city in France to be designated a Regional Nature Reserve as its entire local area falls within the Marais Poitevin, which is the second largest wetland in France. As a reputed tourist destination, the Marais Poitevin renowned for the sheer beauty of its landscapes, attracts some one million tourists per year.
Life on campus
♦ TanLib network
Since 2017, the transport network throughout the Niort agglomeration has been available free of charge to all users travelling across its 40 communes.
The Niort conurbation, with a population of some 120,000, is located 2 hours 10 minutes from Paris by high-speed TGV train. There are about ten TGV services to and from Paris every day. Niort also has a direct rail link to La Rochelle, a journey which takes just under an hour.
Services are also available to Orleans and Tours.
jvmalin is a platform for planning your itinerary that takes into account the different transport networks available in the region. It also offers a single combined travel card for the various networks in the New Aquitaine Region, using the different modes of transport. You can credit this card with different tickets from across the different networks.
For daily journeys or pleasure rides, safe designated cycle paths continue to be developed throughout the conurbation.
The TanLib transport network also includes electric bicycles and two different rental options: self-service and long-term rental. You can benefit from up to 3 months of free use.
- University Restaurants (RU)
To enjoy a meal near the campus you can go to :
♦ Le Marais University Restaurant, located opposite the city’s university complex, Pôle Universitaire Niortais
10 avenue de Wellingborough - 79000 Niort
Nearby, there are bakeries and a number of restaurants offering a take-away service.
Every student embarking on studies is confronted with the inevitable challenge of finding a place to live! And it’s not always a simple matter, especially when you don’t know the city and you have a fixed budget.
♦ Excelia accommodation platform
If you are already a student at Excelia, simply use your MyIntranet login to connect to the Studapart accommodation platform. If you have been accepted on one of our programmes, you will receive a link to be able to access Studapart when you finalise your enrolment, which will give you access to hundreds of exclusive offers: studios, shared flats, rooms in private homes, etc. and you will benefit from personalised support throughout your rental period!
♦ University residences
The Crous of Poitiers operates a university residence in Niort, offering accommodation at affordable prices.
♦ Citylodge student residence
Located just 600 metres from the Niort university complex, Citylodge operates an aparthotel and a student residence, offering one and two-bedroom apartments.
♦ L’ESCALE – Accommodation for young adults
This association offers various types of accommodation in Niort and its conurbation for young adults aged 16 to 30, whether employees, interns, students, job seekers, apprentices, seasonal workers, temporary workers, etc.
It also proposes furnished accommodation in Young Workers’ residences, student residences as well as offers from private landlords.
To find out more about accommodation offers and possible financial assistance, please visit our housing webpage:
- CULTURE END ENTERTAINMENT
You will quickly discover that Niort is a very lively student city indeed! In the old town, along its quaint streets you’ll find a variety of small shops (for afternoon shopping) and some great little restaurants where you can meet up with friends. The city is home to many cultural events such as the Jeudis Niortais free Thursday concerts, the Regards Noirs festival of crime fiction, the Cirque d'été festival celebrating circus acts, the Nitro music festival, 4ème mur street art, etc.
♦ Le pass Culture - Entertainment and culture advantage card
If you are over 18 years old and live in France, you are eligible for le pass Culture: it is a web-application which gives you €300, to be used over a period of 24 months from the year of your 18th birthday for local cultural events and online entertainment offers.
♦ Le Moulin du Roc
The Moulin du Roc is the national theatre in Niort. It presents live performances and films in its two theatres. Its programme of events focuses on three key areas: ‘dramaturgy’, ‘movement’ and ‘music and voice’.
♦ Le Pilori visual arts centre
Le Pilori hosts exhibitions by professional contemporary artists with the programme being coordinated by the City of Niort along with representatives from the visual arts community in Niort.
♦ Pavillon Grappelli
Pavillon Grappelli is a venue devoted to the digital arts. Housed in a former 19th century art school, this building forms part of Niort’s architectural heritage, and today is home to an exhibition gallery, the offices of the Camji (a centre for contemporary music), and has direct access to the concert hall.
♦ Le Camji
Created in 2000, Le Camji is a modern music venue located in the heart of Niort’s city centre. It houses a 300-seat auditorium, a video recording studio, a bar open on concert evenings, an exhibition space, and 2 rehearsal studios.
- CLUBS AND ASSOCIATIONS
♦ Excelia strongly promotes student clubs and associations, and considers involvement to be an integral part of the student experience.
Joining an association is above all an adventure, but it is also an opportunity to develop leadership skills and to go beyond the limits of your capabilities, and to even surprise yourself!
♦ With more than 60 different sports available in 135 associations, Niort is a city dedicated to all sports and to sport for all. Its many sports facilities are proof of this.
The city also organises numerous sporting events such as the Coulée Verte half-marathon, horseracing, and the Ekiden 79 team relay race.
Excelia programmes offered in Niort