Montpellier is an ancient university city still renowned for its medical school, founded in the 13th century. Personalities like Nostradamus, Rabelais and Petrarch have studied here. Today Montpellier is one of southern France's fastest-growing cities. The city has tree-flanked promenades, broad avenues, and historic monuments. Students are about a quarter of the population, creating a lively atmosphere. In recent years, many high-tech corporations have settled in Montpellier.