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Seven leading French higher education institutions and four national research organizations have joined together to form the Sorbonne Universités cluster. A successor to the historic Sorbonne, it is one of the most comprehensive university centers in France.

Our university cluster provides higher education and research in science, medicine, humanities, economics, business & administration and technology. By bringing together the best talent in a wide array of disciplines, Sorbonne Universités offers new transversal academic and scientific expertise.

Sorbonne Universités welcomes 58,000 students, including 8,000 international and 28,000 graduate students (23,000 master’s students and 5,200 doctoral candidates).

Of the nearly 7,685 professors/researchers in its 180 laboratories and research centers, 24 are researchers supported by the European Research Council and 45 hold industry-sponsored research chairs.

49 Nobel Prizes and Fields Medals.

Sorbonne Universités is one of the eight French consortiums selected as an “Excellence Initiative” by the French government.

A new approach to research and education

The Sorbonne Bachelor’s College offers programs that enable students to progressively define their education, by choosing both a discipline as well as complementary studies that are aligned with their individual goals. Research-based teaching, while an integral part of Sorbonne Universités master’s programs, is introduced at the bachelor’s level. Doctoral research is focused on professional employment, with tailored programs for emerging job profiles.

Bringing Innovation into Society

Sorbonne Universités has end-to-end capabilities for technology transfer, with independent structures for technology maturing, start-up incubators, and venture capital. Housed in innovations centers, these resources play a vital role in regional and national economic development.

Multidimensional Research

Sorbonne Universités accelerates research with strategic projects that have been awarded funding from the French Investing for the Future initiative. An exceptional number of strategic cross disciplinary projects at Sorbonne Universités were designated as Excellence Initiative including joint laboratories, shared equipment investments, biotechnology consortiums and University-Hospital Institutes.

International Partnerships

Sorbonne Universités has a broad network of partnerships worldwide, and focus its international action on strategic alliances in targeted regions: Europe, India, China, Brazil, South Africa, and the United States, as well as building on established alliances at its international campuses in Singapore and Abu Dhabi.

Since its creation, Sorbonne Universités has established milestone partnerships such as the CAPES chairs at Sorbonne program with Brazil or a strategic alliance agreement with the Harbin Institute of Technology (China).

7 higher education institutions

Pierre & Marie Curie University (UPMC) (Science and Medicine)

As a leading French university of science and medicine, UPMC offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs to 32,000 students and conducts research in its 120 laboratories in a broad number of domains, including fundamental science, and ranging from targeted research to sustainable development for complex systems.

Paris-Sorbonne University (Humanities)

Paris Sorbonne University is the main inheritor of the old Sorbonne, which dates back to the 13th century. It was one of the first universities in the world. The biggest university in France dedicated to Literature, Languages, Civilizations, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Paris-Sorbonne has more than 22,530 students and 1,300 faculty-researchers.

Compiègne University of Technology

The Université de Technologie de Compiègne (UTC) has more than 4,000 engineering and master’s students as well as PhD candidates who benefit from the technological innovation taking place in

UTC’s research units. The engineering curriculum has a modular course structure, to ensure both excellent engineering skills and a good general education.

INSEAD Business School

As one of the world’s leading and largest business schools, INSEAD has campuses in Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Its renowned faculty members from 35 countries inspire more than 1,000 degree

participants annually in its MBA, Executive MBA and PhD programs. More than 9,000 executives participate in INSEAD’s Executive Education programs each year.

Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle

The Museum is both a scientific and public service establishment, focusing on the dual tasks of research and the dissemination of knowledge. It has five primary missions that govern all of its activities: basic and applied research, management and conservation of collections, teaching and pedagogy, dissemination of knowledge, and expertise.

Centre International d’Etudes Pédagogiques (CIEP)

A key public operator in charge of international cooperation, the CIEP is recognized for its skills with regard to expert evaluation, training, assessment, and management of international projects. The CIEP focuses on education (general, higher and vocational, and recognition of qualifications) and languages (French as a foreign language, assessment, certification, foreign languages).

Pôle Supérieur de Paris Boulogne-Billancourt (PSPBB)

The Paris Boulogne-Billancourt higher arts education centre (PSPBB) is a public higher education institution providing undergraduate programs in music, drama and jazz dance.

4 research institutions

Research at Sorbonne Universités is conducted within joint units under the leadership of universities and national research institutions. Therefore, CNRS (National Centre for Science Research), Inserm (National Institute for Health and Medical research), INRIA (National Institute for research in computer science) and IRD (Institut for research on development) are full members of Sorbonne Universités.

Sorbonne University System MOOCs

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