Opening in 2006, Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (SUAD) shares a close and unique association with the mother institution in Paris, which is acknowledged as one of the finest higher-education institutions in the world. Students can be safe in the knowledge that they’re attaining a truly world-class education at SUAD. We speak to Dr Laurence Renault who gives us an insight into the rich history of Sorbonne and what makes it distinguished.
Education UAE: Tell us about the background of Sorbonne in Paris.
Dr Renault: Sorbonne University was established as the Collège de Sorbonne during the Middle Ages in 1253. In 1971, it was named Paris-Sorbonne University following the closure of the University of Paris. In 2018, following the merger between Paris-Sorbonne University and the Pierre and Marie Curie University, it was renamed as Sorbonne University.
As one of the oldest universities in the world, Sorbonne University has achieved a remarkable legacy of academic excellence having educated some of the most celebrated thinkers throughout history including 32 Nobel Prize winners. The university is consistently ranked as one of the finest academic institutions globally, and the number one university in France.
Education UAE: What are some of the university’s most notable achievements in both branches?
Dr Renault: In 2018, Paris-Sorbonne University and the Pierre and Marie Curie University merged to form Sorbonne University, France’s largest university including over 6,400 academic staff and 55,600 students. This new entity houses literature and humanities, social sciences, sciences, engineering and medicine under one roof. It is the leading university in France according to the Times Higher Education, Leiden and Shanghai World Rankings, and is recognised as a top 100 global institutions for academic research and study.
Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi has graduated over 2,000 students including more than 600 Emirati citizens, firmly establishing strong roots in the United Arab Emirates. In 2019, SUAD was awarded the Best University in Humanities in the Middle East, at the Forbes Higher Education Awards.
Education UAE: Why should students choose your university?
Dr Renault: Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi shares a close and unique association with our mother institution in Paris, which is acknowledged as one of the finest higher-education institutions in the world. Students can be safe in the knowledge that they’re attaining a truly world-class education at SUAD.
Additionally, the United Arab Emirates is a rapidly developing, forward-looking country that cultivates the value of tolerance, promoting dialogue between cultures and bringing people together, which fundamentally connects to the ethos of SUAD in being ‘a bridge between civilisations’. We are a globally connected institution of academic excellence located in the epicentre of growth and development in the GCC.
Education UAE: Are placements or study abroad on offer?
Dr Renault: Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi runs a number of exchange and summer placement programmes to give our students greater exposure to the world.
The 4EU+ European University Alliance brings together 6 leading European universities including Sorbonne University, University of Milan, Heidelberg University, Charles University, University of Warsaw and the University of Copenhagen as part of a unified framework to enhance mutual cooperation and promote the seamless mobility of education and students across borders. SUAD students, who are a part of the student body registered in Paris will benefit from this alliance very soon.
Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi has graduated over 2,000 students including more than 600 Emirati citizens
Number of Graduates: 2,000+
Bachelor’s Degree Annual Fee: AED 215,100 for three years
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Dr Laurence Renault is the Acting Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director or Academic Affairs at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. She specialises in modern philosophy and her research focuses on Metaphysics, Theory of Knowledge and Ethics.