We have opened a second campus at Les Sables d’Olonne in Vendee – IES Vendee – which is near Nantes and about one hour south of the Loire Valley. Les Sables d’Olonne is one of the best seaside resorts in France.
IES chose the town of Les Sables d’Olonne as the location for its Atlantic branch for three reasons:
• As the second largest city in Vendée, Les Sables d’Olonne has a good level of communication infrastructure: easily accessible by car, TGV train and plane from Paris, Nantes and La Rochelle. The digital infrastructure is being modernised with the ongoing deployment of fibre optics.
• As the capital of monohull sailing and the home port of the Vendée Globe, Les Sables d’Olonne enjoys an international reputation.
• In terms of training opportunities, Les Sables d’Olonne has 2 general secondary schools, 2 vocational secondary schools and a developing range of post-baccalaureate courses (STS, IST, ESAIP), which the IES Vendée will complement without competing with other existing courses. On the contrary, synergies can be envisaged with existing establishments.