The University of Perpignan Via Domita is a modestly sized, multidisciplinary and dynamic campus. Involved in projects at local level, its influence also extends towards southern Catalonia and the rest of the world. Every year, some 9500 students follow courses in a broad range of areas including literature, languages, human and social sciences, law, economics, management, exact sciences, sport and tourism. In addition to the academic courses that it offers, the UPVD is also involved in renewable energies: it runs a Master’s degree in solar energy, with support from the DERBI competitivity cluster and has a “Renewable energies” department at the Montpellier Polytech engineering school. The Catalan “Perpignan-Font Romeu” site has obtained both a Labex and an Equipex project, establishing it as a major international centre in solar power research.