The Abu Dhabi campus of one of the worlds most prestigious and oldest universities, the 750-year old Université Paris Sorbonne that
represents a tradition of excellence in the field of Humanities, has launched four new courses in tandem with celebrations marking the end of its
first academic year.
The first extension of the Sorbonne outside France, the varsity is now offering two masters programmes in Urbanism and Urban Planning and
Marketing, Management and Communication. It will also accept students for a Bachelor of Arts degree specialising in Law and Political Science
and in Music and Musicology.
Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (PSUAD) is among the first globally-recognised universities to set-up in the UAE capital under the auspices
of the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) established in September 2005 by His Highness General Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al
Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman, ADEC.
Balland, Director-General, PSUAD said, We have a student body of more than 160 already enrolled in our
programmes and are set to increase numbers even more.
The new courses offer great scope for employment given the rapid growth of cities both regionally and worldwide. We anticipate there will be a
great need for trained and qualified professionals in this sector. PSUAD, with its long tradition and history of providing
internationally-recognised training will fulfil this need.
The courses will enable our students to learn from some of the worlds most renowned scholars, using the latest methodologies and curricula.
They will have access to outstanding international examples of work in these sectors enabling them to add value to their workplaces immediately
And in the near future, the students of the Sorbonne Abu Dhabi will enjoy a new spacious, comfortable and well equipped campus. This facility,
designed to welcome up to 2000 students, will play a key role in developing PSUADs contribution to Abu Dhabi cultural and educational
PSUAD currently follows the new European system of higher education, called the License-Masters-Doctorate
The undergraduate portion consists of a three-year degree called a Licence. The graduate portion consists of a two-year Masters Degree,
followed by a multi-year Doctoral programme.
These degrees are accepted at any University in the European Higher Education Area and offer specialisation in Archaeology & Art History,
French & Comparative Literature, Geography & Urban Planning, History, Information & Communication (specialisation of third year of BA, in
Paris), Languages & Business, Philosophy & Sociology and an Intensive French
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