Sorbonne Abu Dhabi celebrates First Year with Four New Programmes

Travel News Asia Friday, 15 June 2007

The Abu Dhabi campus of one of the world’s 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.

Daniel 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 world’s 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 upon graduation.

“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 PSUAD’s contribution to Abu Dhabi cultural and educational objectives.”

PSUAD currently follows the new European system of higher education, called the License-Masters-Doctorate (LMD) system.

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 Programme.

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