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Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)
Established 1971, following the division of the University of Paris (12th century)
Type Public
Chancellor Maurice Quénet
Chancellor of the Universities of Paris
President Georges Molinié
Students 23 324
Undergraduates 13 900
Postgraduates 6 916
Doctoral students 2 508
Location Paris, France

Paris-Sorbonne University (Paris IV), (French: Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV)), is a university in Paris, France. To a large extent, Paris-Sorbonne University was the inheritor of the former arts and science faculties of the University of Paris.





The historic University of Paris (French: Université de Paris) first appeared in the second half of the 12th century, but was in 1970 reorganised as 13 autonomous universities (University of Paris I–XIII). The university is often referred to as the Sorbonne or La Sorbonne after the collegiate institution (Collège de Sorbonne) founded about 1257 by Robert de Sorbon, but the university as such was older and was never completely centred on the Sorbonne.

After May 1968

In 1971, after the university reforms (Framework law drawn up by Edgar Faure in 1968), the five faculties of the former University of Paris were split and then re-formed into thirteen interdisciplinary universities.

Four of these new universities now share the premises of the Sorbonne building, which, until that time, had been mainly reserved for the Faculties of Arts and Human Sciences. These four universities were also given other premises in different locations throughout Paris. Three universities have kept the Sorbonne name as part of their official title: Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), the New Sorbonne (Sorbonne Nouvelle, Paris III), which is located mainly in the Censier buildings, and the Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I). The Sorbonne premises also house part of the René Descartes University (Paris V) and the Chancellery (Education authority of Paris - rectorat de Paris).

Toward a global university

Paris Universitas

In the year 2006, the Paris-Sorbonne university and the United Arab Emirates signed a cooperation agreement for the establishment of the new Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. It is the first time that a French university has a campus abroad.

Following the recent election of the Philologist George Molinié to the presidency in March 2008 the Paris-Sorbonne University should join newly established educational group of the Paris Universitas[1], an affiliation of six Parisian institutions of higher education which serve as a reference in their disciplinary fields.

Paris-Sorbonne University today

In the The Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) - QS World University Rankings 2007 - the Paris-Sorbonne University was ranked 1st in France and 29 worldwide for Arts & Humanities.


Central Sorbonne Building

The main teaching centres are:

  • Central Sorbonne Building
  • Malesherbes
  • Clignancourt
  • Michelet
  • Championnet
  • Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi Campus


Since its creation, it has been governed by five presidents; the founding president, historian Alphonse Dupront, was succeeded by the philosopher Raymond Polin, who was followed by Hellenist Jacques BOmpaire. Next came religious historian Michel Meslin and then Jean-Pierre Poussou, a historian of the urban and contemporary world. In May 1998, Georges Molinie, a specialist in modern French stylistics, was elected and, since May 2003, the president is geographer Jean-Robert Pitte.

Their initiatives have been aimed at promoting the cultural heritage of the Sorbonne, with a focus on disciplines in the literary and human science fields. This purpose will be furthered by giving top priority to the study of civilizations and to the continuance of strong teaching in the classics. The various presidents have also provided the impetus for numerous innovations whose aim has been to adapt the education given at the Sorbonne to the demands of the 21st century. Because one of the main concerns of the university is the integration of students into the working world, it facilitates internships, has created increasingly work-oriented courses of study for students of the Arts and has organized numerous courses aimed at preparing students for competitive civil service exams. It also hosts the CELSA school of journalism, a grande école inside the University.

See also


  1. ^ Georges Molinié (Paris 4-Sorbonne) : « Jean-Robert Pitte a perdu les élections »

External links

The official site :


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