University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne

University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne
University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne
Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Motto Omnibus Sapientia, Unicuique Excellentia (Latin)
Established 1971
Type Public
Endowment 59,422,369 euros[1]
Chancellor Jean-Claude Colliard
Admin. staff 2,770
Students 40,483
Location Paris, France
Affiliations University of Paris, Europaeum
Website www.univ-paris1.fr
La Sorbonne today

Pantheon-Sorbonne University[2] or Paris 1 is a university in Paris, France. With eight hundred years of excellence to build on, the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, a descendant of the Sorbonne and the Faculty of Law and Economics of Paris, is one of the largest universities in France today. Some forty thousand students are enrolled in 14 teaching and research departments (Unités de Formation et de Recherche) and 5 Institutes, which offer top level degree courses in law, political science, economics, management and the humanities.

The university is located in the heart of the Latin quarter and occupies part of the Sorbonne and other prestigious French university buildings. It aims to be a major pole of research and learning in Europe in the 21st century. In 2011, it was ranked among the Top 100 Universities by Reputation in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.[3]

It is registered as University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in French) at the Rectorate of Paris. Historically, it was part of the University of Paris, which was subsequently split into several universities. The 1968 cultural revolution, commonly known as the French May, resulted in the division of the world's second oldest academic institution, the University of Paris, into thirteen autonomous universities.

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History

The Sorbonne in the 17th century

After the ideological, cultural and social fever which took hold of France in May and June 1968, a new university scene emerged; the law of November 12, 1968 instituted autonomous, pluridisciplinary universities.

The University Paris 1 was founded on the basis of a profound wish for change to produce an original academic project bringing together the humanities, law and economics. Instead of having separate faculties of laws, economics or humanities, the university was divided into much more specialised UFRs. For instance the UFR of international law has the same relationship with the UFR of geology as with the UFR or commercial law. This was a revolutionary change, as those subjects had previously been taught in highly distinct and hierarchal faculties. To the traditional degree courses in France in history, geography, philosophy, art history, archaeology, economics, law and political science, new disciplines were gradually added, including the visual arts, mathematics applied to social sciences, business management, tourism, culture and communications.

The name of the university embodies this triple tradition : the Sorbonne is the traditional seat of the Humanities studies in Paris (hence it is also used by Paris III and Paris IV, other Humanities university) and the Place du Panthéon Building is the seat of the Law studies (hence it is also used by Paris II). Economics Studies had no traditional seat, as they were taught by law faculties.

Barricade and police around the Sorbonne (during the spring 2006 students' protests).

Campus

The University of Paris I occupies some of the most prestigious university buildings in France. Since the sixties, the university has expanded at an unprecedented rate and has built on or acquired nearly twenty new sites in the capital and immediate suburbs.

  • Sorbonne : Paris I occupies part of the historical seat of Paris University, rebuilt at the end of the 19th century. It houses also the University of Paris III, IV and V, and the Chancellerie des Universités. The splendidly decorated great lecture hall is the scene of lectures and traditional university ceremonies and is also the venue of important international conferences. The Senate and Vice-Chancellor’s Office are located in the former Paris Faculty of Law building which dates back to the end of the 18th century.
    • Albert Châtelet Center : commonly called Calvin, it is a secondary building of the Sorbonne.
    • Rue d'Ulm Center : like Calvin, a secondary building of the Sorbonne.
  • Place du Panthéon Building (commonly called Panthéon, not to be confused with the actual Panthéon : Paris I occupies part of the historical seat of the Law Faculty of the University of Paris. It is shared with University of Paris II.
  • Institute of Geography : located in the Rue Saint-Jacques, it houses one of the oldest and richest collections of maps in France.
  • Institute of Philosophy of Sciences and Techniques (IHPST) : located in the Rue du Four.
  • Mahler Center : located in the IVe arrondissement, it houses an historical and legal studies institute.
  • Saint-Charles Center : located in the XVe arrondissement. Founded in 1973, it houses the Art School and the School of Cinema.
  • Pierre Mendès-France Center : commonly called Tolbiac, it is located in the XIIIe arrondissement. Founded in 1973, it is the main center of the University. Freshmen and Sophomores in Humanities are educated at Tolbiac.
    • Tolbiac Center : a secondary building of the Mendès-France Center (which confusingly is also called Tolbiac).
  • René Cassin Center : located in the XIII arrondissement. Founded in 1990, it houses the main part of Law School.
  • Economical Studies Building : located in the XIIIe arrondissement. It houses the Economics Graduate School.
  • Broca Center : Located in the Ve arrondissement. It houses the Business School.
  • International Building : located in the Boulevard Arago, commonly called Arago. It houses the International Relations Institute.
  • Michelet Center : an exotic Mesopotamian-style building in the 5th arrondissement, it houses the Art History and Archeology School.
  • Fontenay Center : located in the suburban town of Fontenay-les-Roses, in the old buildings of the École normale supérieure. It houses the School of Work Social Sciences.
    • Sceaux Center : in the suburdian town of Sceaux, it is a secondary building of the Fontenay Center.
    • Bourg-la-Reine Center : located in Bourg-la-Reine, it is a secondary building of the Fontenay Center.
    • Nogent Center : located in Nogent-sur-Marne, it is a secondary building of the Fontenay Center.

Recent constructions and acquisitions

The main buildings are the Centre Pierre Mendès France, the Centre René Cassin, the Centre Saint-Charles, the Centre Arago which houses the new International Relations Building; the research centers have been relocated, in particular in the Rue Malher and the Boulevard de l’Hôpital, where the Economics Building is currently located.

Academic programs

The University Paris 1 is the biggest university in France where the humanities and social sciences can be studied.

There are three main families of subjects:

All legal studies merged into Sorbonne Law School in 2009.

In addition, there are a number of institutes:

  • the Institute for the Study of Economic and Social Development (IEDES),
  • the Paris Demography Institute (IDUP),
  • the Institute for Research and Advanced Studies in Tourism (IREST),
  • the Institute of Labour Studies (ISST) and
  • the Institute of Philosophy of Sciences and Techniques (IHPST).

Research at the University

The following sampling of statistics demonstrate the importance of research at Paris 1:

The eleven hundred members of faculty, 200 researchers who are attached to major research institutions, mainly the CNRS (National Centre for Scientific Research), and 150 technical and administrative staff are grouped in 68 research groups recognised by the CNRS and the Ministry of Education and Research.

Every year around 400 PhD theses are defended and 1,700 pre-PhD post-graduate degrees are awarded in 74 subjects divided between 15 graduate schools.

The scope of research is vast, as can be seen by the number and variety of high quality conferences and colloquia organised by the different research centres. The themes provide a meeting point between science and culture and cover different aspects of the relationships between the individual and society.

Research programs exist in economics, management and applied mathematics; in law and politics; in philosophy and the arts; in history, art history and archaeology; in geography, demography and sociology, to name but some.

Documentary resource centers

The University Paris 1 is responsible for one of the largest documentary resource centres in France.

The Sorbonne library has a collection of almost three million books, 100,000 of which are more than 200 years old, and 17,500 periodicals covering all the humanities. The library and map collection of the Geography Institute are the oldest such collection in France.

In addition, the 400,000 volumes in the specialist libraries offer users one of the largest collections in France and in Europe.

The Cujas Library, co-administered with Paris II, with its computerised documentation service, provides access to over 500 data banks and is the largest law and economics library in France.

The new Economics Building houses another resource centre, and the library at the Centre Pierre Mendès France offers students free access to its large collection.

International

The University Paris 1 has signed over 150 conventions with foreign universities across five continents. These exchanges revolve around international networks such as Europaeum which bring together some of Europe's best universities in Oxford, London, Bologna, Bonn, Geneva, Helsinki, Leiden and Prague. The University of Paris 1 also heads a number of consortia which bring together French universities and professional organisations. The consortia are responsible for major international projects in Bucharest, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Istanbul (Galatasaray), and Moscow.

Six thousand international students, mainly from Europe, come to study as part of the SOCRATES or TEMPUS programmes. African students are joined by increasing numbers from Asia and America, and take part in specific programs organised in conjunction with universities across the world.

Staff mobility is another priority and every year some 130 academics from foreign universities come to teach and do research at the University of Paris 1.

Finally, international research at the University of Paris 1 is paramount. Many researchers and members of faculty take part in major international research programs abroad; the University also hosts many annual international conferences.

Dual and Double Degree Programs

Alternatively, students can apply for admission into one of the school's dual degree or double degree programs designed in conjunction with partner universities in France and abroad. Double degree programs confer two degrees to students, whereas dual degrees confer only a degree from the host university.

  • With universities in France:
    • Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA):
      • One-year Master's degree in European Governance and Administration, conferring a Master européen de gouvernance et d'administration (MEGA) from Paris 1 and a Master of European Governance and Administration » from the University of Potsdam.
    • HEC Paris:
      • Two-year double degree in Business and Law, conferring both an M.Sc. Management (HEC) and a Master 2 en Droit des affaires et fiscalité" (Paris 1).
      • One-year dual degree in Corporate and Tax Strategy, conferring a Master 2 en Droit des affaires et fiscalité (Corporate Taxation Law) from Paris 1.
    • Paris Dauphine University:
      • International MBA Program in conjunction with a consortium of other business schools.
    • Sciences Po Paris:
      • One-year dual degree in Global Business Law, conferring a Master 2 in International Business Law (Paris 1).
      • One-year dual degree in International Organizations, conferring a Master 2 in the Law of International Organizations from Paris 1.
      • Three-year double degree in Applied Mathematics and Social Sciences, conferring a Licence en Mathématiques Appliquées et Sciences Sociales (MASS) from Paris 1 and a Bachelor's degree from the Collège universitaire at Sciences Po.
  • With foreign universities:
    • Cornell Law School:
      • Four-year double degree in French and American Laws, conferring both a Juris Doctor (Cornell) and Maitrise en Droit (Paris 1).
    • Columbia Law School:
      • One-year dual degree in International Economic Governance, conferring a Master 2 en Droit international économique (Paris 1) and a Certificate in Global Business Law and Governance (Columbia).
      • Four-year double degree in French and American Laws, conferring both a Juris Doctor (Columbia) and Maitrise en Droit (Paris 1).
    • King's College London:
      • Four-year double degree in French and British Laws, conferring both an LL.B. (King's) and Maitrise en Droit (Paris 1)
    • University of Cologne:
      • Four-year double degree in French and German Laws, conferring both an LL.M. (Cologne) and Maitrise en Droit (Paris 1)
    • Complutense University:
      • Four-year double degree in French and Spanish Laws, conferring both the Licenciatura en Derecho (Complutenese) and Maitrise en Droit (Paris 1)
    • University of Florence:
      • Five-year double degree in French and Italian Laws, conferring both the Laurea in Giurisprudenza (Florence) and Maitrise en Droit (Paris 1).

Rankings

In the global 2011 QS World University Rankings, the University is ranked 213th overall, ranking 34th for Arts and Humanities and 42nd for Social Sciences.[4] A human competitiveness index & analysis by the Human Resources & Labor Review, and published in Chasecareer Network, ranked the University of Paris system 33rd internationally in 2010.[5]

Notable alumni

  • Mamadou Diouf, Director of Columbia University's Institute for African Studies[6]
  • Gaëtan Duval, former international lawyer and Mauritian politician
  • Régis Debray, French intellectual, journalist, government official and professor
  • Luc Chatel, French Minister of National Education[7]
  • Michel-Édouard Leclerc, CEO of E.Leclerc Group, one of the largest retailers cooperative in France
  • Yazid Sabeg, Director of CS Group, official political advisor in charge of promoting equality and cultural diversity, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador
  • Bernard Ramanantsoa, Dean of HEC Paris business school
  • Alain Ries, entrepreneur and financial advisor at IRIS Capital[8]
  • Matias Kumm, Professor of Law and Program Director, New York University School of Law[9]
  • Rosi Braidotti, contemporary philosopher and feminist theoretician, distinguished Professor in the Humanities at University of Utrecht[10]
  • Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Senegalese philosopher and professor at Northwestern University
  • Diony Lebot, CEO of Societe Generale Americas[11]
  • HH. Sheikha Mayassa Bint Hamad Al Thani, Chairperson of Reach Out To Asia (Non-Governmental Organization)[12]
  • Harlem Désir, French politician, member of the European Parliament
  • Sirine Fattouh, Lebanese artist [13]
  • Philippe Rucheton, Chief Financial Officer of Dexia, member of the Management Board
  • Tarō Okamoto, Japanese artist
  • Jean-Marc Lofficier, writer, editor, translator.

See also

References

External links

Coordinates: 48°50′55″N 2°20′36″E / 48.84861°N 2.34333°E / 48.84861; 2.34333


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