The University of Mons, abbreviated to “UMONS”, is a French-speaking university in the province of Hainaut, Belgium, near the French-Belgian border. It is approximately 50 kilometres from Brussels, the capital of Europe.
UMONS was created in 2009 following the merger between the University of Mons-Hainaut and the Faculty of Engineering of Mons, the university’s oldest faculty which was founded in 1837.A decree reorganizing the structure of higher education was implemented at the end of 2013. This decree initiated the creation of an organisation in the province of Hainaut, called the Pole Hainaut, which comprises 3 universities, 3 hautes écoles (institutions of higher education), 3 art schools and around 40 institutions of continuing education. UMONS is jointly responsible for heading up this organization, along with the president of one of the participating institutes of higher education.Before the adoption of this decree, UMONS had already established agreements with 5 hautes ecoles. Together, these institutions have 22,000 students and offer more than 250 degree programs.