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Key Figures


Students / year in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille


Training programs from Bachelor's to Doctorate level




Professional Speakers

The Institute of Public Management and Territorial Governance

Created in 1996, the Institute of Public Management and Territorial Governance (IMPGT) is the only public management training and research unit in France. Within the law and political science sector of Aix-Marseille University, the IMPGT trains future managers in the service of the performance of public systems. Based on a multidisciplinary approach (law, economics, management), extended to the social sciences and applied to the non-market sector, the training offer, supported by dynamic research in public management, is open to students in initial and continuing education. It ranges from a Bachelor's degree in public administration, public management course, to various Master's degrees covering several fields of specialisation (Administrations & local authorities, Health & medico-social, Culture, Communication, Marketing and Territorial Attractiveness, Quality - risk management and development) as well as a research Master's degree that can lead to a PhD in management sciences.

  • Its specificities

    A dynamic student life in a privileged environment

    The IMPGT is located in the heart of downtown Aix-en-Provence in premises listed and classified as "Historic Monument": the Hôtel Maynier d'Oppède (since 1982) and the Hôtel Boyer de Fonscolombe (since 1989) and in the heart of downtown Marseille on the Canebière where we share premises with the Faculty of Law and Political Science. Students benefit from a privileged study environment, close to all amenities. Moreover, with its 900 students per year, the IMPGT is a human-sized component, favouring a close relationship between students, teaching and administrative teams.
    Student life at the IMPGT is also punctuated by a Junior Enterprise (Junior Conseil IMPGT), two student associations: IMP'ACT Asso and the Arts Office, as well as sports teams, notably in football and basketball. Throughout the year, the IMPGT supports its students in their associative, cultural and sporting commitments.

    A connection to the professional world

    Since 2009, on average, 75% of the graduate students responding to our surveys are in employment 6 months after graduation from Master 2. This desire for professional integration is reflected in the completion of a compulsory internship from Licence 1 to Master 2.
    From Licence 3 onwards, students can alternate their academic year between their training and the professional world via internships, apprenticeship or professionalization contracts. In addition, thanks to the links forged with local, national and international public institutions, students benefit from being anchored in the professional world through the implementation of projects that are initiated, piloted and carried out.

    Innovative and ambitious research

    The IMPGT produces innovative scientific knowledge within CERGAM, resulting in a unique Chair on attractiveness and territorial marketing, European scientific research programs H2020, INTERREG, and a strong involvement in learned societies internationally. IMPGT researchers publish in a sustained manner in classified academic journals and organize / participate each year in symposia, workshops and forums in France and internationally.

    An opening towards the international

    IMPGT is today a reference in the field of public management in France and in Europe, both in the field of research, training, and at the level of exchanges and links established with universities, senior civil servants, experts, Ministries and experts from public institutions internationally. The IMPGT has developed strong relationships in the Mediterranean region, the Middle East as well as in major European cities.

  • A word from the Director

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    Present in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille, the IMPGT is a Training and Research Unit unique in France at the crossroads of public logic and managerial practices. Every year, our Institute welcomes nearly 900 students. Open to the non-profit sector, the public sector, and in particular local authorities, it also offers many perspectives towards the business world (nearly one out of every two Master 2 graduates enters the Institute each year). In addition, it seeks to develop student entrepreneurship around these general interest logics.

    The IMPGT has maintained for more than 20 years a university identity with 3 strong commitments:

    • Trainings oriented towards students thanks to pedagogical and administrative teams in a close relationship;
    • Teachers close to professional realities and field actors (teacher-researchers in action-research, numerous professional speakers, work-study and apprenticeship training: 65 apprenticeship contracts in 2019/2020);
    • Applied scientific research that enriches its training (European Research Programmes H2020, INTERREG, Chair on attractiveness and new territorial marketing founded by 30 French territories, action-research on the cultural, health and social sectors and on the public management of territories, organisation of symposia and workshops: RID/IAS, IRSPM, IMPGT/AGRH Forum, Women and Public Management Forum, Chair's Marketing Forum).

    We look forward to sharing our passion for public values with you!

    Christophe ALAUX, Director of the IMPGT

  • History

    In 1996,Mr Robert FOUCHET (manager), Jacques BOURDON (lawyer) and Jean-Rodolphe LOPEZ (economist) created the InstitutUniversitaire Professionnalisé (IUP), which initially delivered DEUG, Licence and Master's degrees in Public Management. In 1998,he received the authorization from the Ministry of National Education and Research for a DESS in Public Management. This opens with three streams: Cultural professions, Environmental professions, Health and social professions.

    Six years later, in 2004, the IUP became a Training and Research Unit in its own right: the Institute ofPublic Management and Territorial Governance, within the Paul Cézanne University (Aix-Marseille III). Before the merger and creation of Aix-Marseille University in 2012, the latter brought together the Faculty of Law and Political Science, the Faculty of Applied Economics, the Faculty of Science and Technology, the IAE and the IUT. In the same year, the first two professional masters degrees are authorised to open; with several courses: one in Public Management, the other in Quality.

    Since 2006, thanks to the University's four-year plans, the courses have been accredited successively, from the first year of the Bachelor's degree to the Doctorate, allowing IMPGT to have acoherent and recognized training offer today.

    In 2015, Christophe ALAUX, takes the direction of the Chair Attractivenessand New Territorial Marketing founded by Joël Gayet. This university Chair, the only one of its kind in France, has since been housed at the IMPGT.

    The IMPGT continues its evolution, always turned towards the professional world. While some training courses have opened up to work-study programmes through internships, in 2017,a partnership has been signed with the CFA EPURE Méditerranée so that students can benefit from open training courses under an apprenticeship contract within the IMPGT in order to strengthen their skills development and their professional integration.

  • UFR Council and IMPGT Statutes

    The UFR Council is responsible for the administration of the UFR. It is chaired by the Director of the UFR. The UFR Council defines the policy of the UFR and examines all matters relating to its operation: administration, budget, job profiles, pedagogical orientations, research...

    Its opinions are forwarded to the central councils of the university.