TBS Education, accompanied by its majority shareholder, the CCI Toulouse Haute-Garonne, and by Toulouse Métropole, is getting ready to write a new chapter in its history, with the imminent launch of the construction of the new campus located in downtown Toulouse.

This new stage follows the granting of a building permit in May 2022.

Work on this ambitious 30,000m² project, which will be able to accommodate more than 4,500 students simultaneously in new generation teaching spaces, is scheduled to start at the end of 2022 for operation in 2026.

BACK TO THE PROJECT OF A UNIQUE TBS EDUCATION CAMPUS IN TOULOUSE

Founded in Toulouse in 1903 by the CCI Toulouse Haute-Garonne, the historic Toulouse Business School, TBS Education, has now an international reach through its campuses in Barcelona, Casablanca and Paris, while maintaining a strong local presence.

With a turnover of 55 million euros and 6,000 students trained each year, the school is now present in “la ville rose” on two campuses: the Lascrosses campus comprising 5 buildings, in the heart of the city center in the Compans-Caffarelli district, and the Entiore campus in the commune of Quint-Fonsegrives. To meet its strategic development ambitions and to offer a study environment which is always more adapted to its students, TBS Education wanted to bring together all its Toulouse activities within a single campus, a forerunner of new learning practices and focused on its educational community.

Privileged spaces will be dedicated to associative activities, student life, business projects (incubator), and sports activities. They will be equipped with state-of-the-art facilities to develop even more innovative teaching formats. The building has also been designed in compliance with the strictest standards in terms of Sustainable Development and Social Responsibility, a founding pillar of the strategy of TBS Education, which has recently become a mission-led company. It won the call for projects “NoWatt Buildings in Occitania” launched by the Occitania Region, which aims to support innovative construction and renovation projects. With this new campus, designed by the Portuguese architecture agency Francisco Aires Mateus, the new generation management school as conceived by TBS Education is becoming a reality.

To build the entire new campus, which will be owned by TBS Education, a budget of 120 million euros has been invested over five years, including financial support from the Regional Council of 6,5 million euros and the transfer of the land by Toulouse Métropole. Delayed by Covid-19, the project’s new provisional schedule calls for work to begin at the end of 2022 and the final campus to be delivered in 2026.

“I am delighted with the cooperation on this major project. With our four campuses and a network of more than 240 partner universities worldwide, we are a school open to the world, but we are also attached to our historic region, and this ambitious program demonstrates our desire to participate in its economic development. We have imagined this new campus in the image of our school: inspiring, innovative, sustainable, and inclusive. Located in the heart of downtown Toulouse, this 30,000 m2 building, designed to be open to its neighborhood, will be a true place of living and will become a model both in terms of teaching and architecture. Therefore, I am proud of this project, and particularly of the collaboration with Toulouse Métropole, the CCI Toulouse Haute-Garonne, the Occitania Region and all the other stakeholders. Together, we are strengthening the attractiveness of our territory.”

Stéphanie Lavigne, Dean of TBS Education

“TBS Education contributes to the balance of the Training – Research – Employment triptych, which is essential to preserve and maintain our dynamic and to keep our rank as the 2nd student city in France, after Paris. The project carried out by TBS Education with the support of the CCI Toulouse Haute-Garonne, in partnership with Toulouse Métropole, takes into consideration the needs of the district’s inhabitants by proposing new local facilities and services. The sports teams and clubs have found a new renovated site at Léo Lagrange to prepare for future exploits. The project also considers environmental issues by requiring the reuse of deconstructed elements in the new premises to come. For Toulouse Metropole, supporting the development strategy of the historic management school TBS Education is perfectly in line with our local ambition.”

Jean-Luc Moudenc, Mayor of Toulouse and President of Toulouse Métropole

A PROJECT MANAGEMENT THAT CARES ABOUT THE IMPACT ON THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Attentive to the impact that these new buildings will have on the Compans-Caffarelli neighborhood, TBS Education has joined forces with the PALANCA study and consultation office. Together, they have conducted, and continue to conduct, a consultation process with the various stakeholders in the project (associations, residents, students, shopkeepers, sports players, businesses etc.) to anchor the campus in the neighborhood. An informative and participatory website was created for the occasion, and a public meeting and specific workshops were also set up. Everyone was able to find meaning in this project, whether it was the development and opening of the esplanade, campus life, neighborhood activities (recycling center, vegetable baskets, community cafe etc.), future community life (creation of a community center), the greening of the building, and many other topics.

From an environmental point of view, some of the materials from the deconstruction of the small sports hall will be used for the construction of the new buildings and other constructions in the metropolis. Finally, the sports activities that were still being carried out in the big palace will be able to continue and the clubs will be relocated.

“I would particularly like to thank Toulouse Métropole for having supported this project from the outset. The campus in downtown Toulouse is the birthplace of TBS Education, which is why we wanted to give it special attention. It joins the new campus in Barcelona and soon in Casablanca, making TBS Education a school resolutely turned towards the international scene. In a context of strong competition, the school has now an attractive campus that allows it to differentiate itself from other management schools. Attractiveness that will also benefit our region by training the leaders of tomorrow.”  

Patrick Piedrafita, President of the CCI Toulouse Haute-Garonne, member of the Board of Directors of TBS Education

KEY FIGURES ON THIS INSPIRING, INNOVATIVE AND ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE CAMPUS

  • Budget: 120 million euros over 5 years
  • Total surface area: 30,000 m2
  • Simultaneous hosting capacity: over 4,500 people

The new home of TBS Education is located in the new 22@ district, hub for innovation, technology and knowledge in the heart of Barcelona. This new district has become a very dynamic area and home for major companies and business clusters. It is a “business city” where companies will coexist with universities, research, training, and technology transfer centers, as well as housing, facilities, and green areas.


The new Barcelona campus will open its doors in September, at the start of the 2022 academic year.

With a building of more than 8,000 square meters and 7 floors, we are doubling the current capacity of the TBS Education campuses in Barcelona and now ready to accommodate more than 1,100 students and the entire TBS Education community.

The campus has been designed with the highest quality and sustainability standards. It is a highly innovative and fully eco-responsible building with a strong emphasis on innovative teaching methods and student living areas. It includes a cafeteria; a whole floor devoted to student clubs and societies; equipment for pedagogical innovation; dedicated spaces for partnerships and events; high-tech classrooms; an incubator and much more. It has been fully designed to enrich the experience of the entire TBS educational and student community, to become the new home for a new generation of talents.

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Key facts

  • 8,000 square meters
  • +1,100 students
  • 7 floors
  • +700 beds in the student residence next to the campus
  • 15 faculty members
  • 1 cafeteria
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Reasons to choose Barcelona

The location of TBS Education in the city of Barcelona is not random. The Catalan capital is a cosmopolitan, innovative, and trend-setting city. In addition to the most reputable multinationals, Barcelona has established itself as a hotbed of ideas for entrepreneurs seeking to found new companies, positioning the city as a hub for start-ups nationally and in Europe and the world.

  • Economic, cultural and technological epicenter in Spain
  • +200,000 students, including 30,000 foreign students
  • An affordable cost of living
  • A multicultural and cosmopolitan city
  • 1st student city in Spain (QS 2019)
  • 8th best city in the world to live, visit, research and work in (World Best Cities 2021)
  • 5th most favorable city to create a start-up (EU-Start-Ups 2020 report)
  • 2nd best city in terms of strategy to attract the technology sector (fDi Intelligence 2020 report)
  • 5th city in the TOP 10 Tech Cities of The Future 2020/2021

Programs and courses available on the TBS Education Barcelona Campus

The programs offered on this new campus:

Depending on the program, you have the possibility to spend a part of your studies in another TBS Education campus (Toulouse, Paris and Casablanca) or in a partner university abroad.

Each year, we are glad to welcome many international students from countries from all over the world who come studying in the TBS Education Barcelona campus.

The courses are taught in English and Spanish by TBS Education professors and lecturers from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), which is ranked among the best Spanish and European universities.
 
Next to the TBS Education campus, about 3-minutes’ walk, aparto student also opens its doors, a fully equipped residence with more than 700 beds available to welcome students from all over the world.
TBS Education students will benefit from an exclusive discount of up to 15% and free registration.

More about aparto student residence

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  • +700 beds available with a variety of room types from twin to single rooms with private bathroom and amazing shared living / kitchen spaces, but also studios with private kitchens
  • Social spaces such as a gym, terrace with a pool, laundry, cinema room
  • All included: WIFI, housekeeping, cleaning and maintenance service, utilities
  • Amazing events and wellbeing programs organised

TBS is building an ambitious new campus of 8000 m2 located in the startup and innovation district. It will be able to accommodate 1,100 students as of the start of the 2022 academic year, and will offer 700 beds of integrated housing located next to the campus.

Located in the heart of Barcelona’s city center since 1995, the TBS Education campus offers students the opportunity to study in Barcelona for a semester, a year or even longer.

5 reasons to choose Barcelona!

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A new generation campus

TBS thus strengthens its presence in a key European metropolis where some of the world’s best higher education institutions in management are located.

TBS will receive twice as many students in fully eco-responsible and innovative facilities.

This announcement is part of TBS Education’s global development strategy, which aims to strengthen the links between the school and the territories in which it is present.

Designed to meet all the needs of the educational community, the building will respect the strictest criteria of eco-design. It will bring together all the facilities and equipment necessary for pedagogical innovation: multi-space and immersive rooms, spaces dedicated to associations, student life, scientific and business events, and an incubator.

The programs and courses

The Barcelona campus is open to students in the Bachelor’s, Grande Ecole and Master of Science programs, with more than 600 students to date, 36% of whom are international students from over 25 countries.

The courses are taught in English and Spanish by TBS Education professors and lecturers from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), which is ranked among the best Spanish and European universities.

The students of the Grande Ecole Program can go to the campus from the 1st year of their Master’s degree. In collaboration with the UPC, the school offers “Discovery” courses to deepen your understanding of key themes:

  • Digital Transformation
  • Artificial Intelligence & Data
  • International Business in Latin America

In the 2nd year of the Master’s degree, you can then pursue your specialization in a field you are passionate about or discover new professions and horizons.

5 MSc programs are offered as part of a work-study program as of the start of the 2021 academic year:

Barcelona, the perfect travel companion

The location of TBS in Barcelona is not a coincidence. Cosmopolitan and vibrant city, Barcelona is today more than ever at the forefront of trends, an inspiring and attractive place for students, researchers and entrepreneurs from all over Europe.

  • 1st student city in Spain (QS 2019)
  • 8th best city in the world to live, visit, research and work in (World Best Cities 2021)
  • 5th most favorable city to create a start-up (EU-Start-Ups 2020 report)
  • 2nd best city in terms of strategy to attract the technology sector (fDi Intelligence 2020 report)
  • 5th city in the TOP 10 Tech Cities of The Future 2020/2021