Bordeaux and the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region are increasingly ranked among the top areas in France for quality of life, economic vitality and innovation.

Bordeaux: a vibrant city

Bordeaux, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, tourist destination and wine capital of the world, has successfully transformed itself to become a leading player in the technologies of tomorrow. As the fourth-ranked city in France for its student population, and a recipient of the French Tech label, Bordeaux is a great place to live, study and start a business!

Named the “Best European Destination,” it is located just a short trip from the Atlantic Ocean, the Pyrenees and Paris.

Nouvelle-Aquitaine: an attractive region

With 5.8 million inhabitants and spanning 84,100km², Nouvelle-Aquitaine is the largest region in France in terms of area. A thriving industrial hub, this vast region is an economic growth area, driven by industries of excellence including aeronautics and space, advanced materials, green chemistry and eco-friendly processes, digital technology, photonics etc.


  • 720km of coastline
  • 6,000 historic monuments
  • 2.8 million hectares of forest
  • Rail link, Bordeaux – Paris 2 hours by train


  • 2 universities

The University of Bordeaux, which has 52,000 students, 3,000 teachers and researchers, became an “initiative of excellence” in 2011. It has 12% international students, 27% scholarship students, 545,000m2 of premises and a budget. of 560 million euros.

  •  More than 40 higher schools
  • The metropolis has 87,700 students and 11,600 researchers
  •  Bordeaux is a benchmark city for laser optics (85 companies, 10,000 jobs created, 700 researchers)


  • Top-ranked region in France for Research and Development
  • 3rd economic region in France
  • 5th region in France for business creation
  • 11 competitiveness clusters

10 key industrial sectors

  • Aeronautics, Space, Defence and Mechanical Sub-Contracting
  • Green Chemistry and Eco-Friendly Processes
  • Advanced Materials
  • Green Sectors and Eco-Friendly Technologies, Circular Economy, Mobility
  • Digital Technology
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Photonics (including optics, laser, imaging)
  • Agri-Food Industries
  • Wood and Paper Industry
  • Leather, Luxury, Textiles, Arts and Crafts