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University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne
Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
Established 1971
Type Public
Chancellor Jean-Claude Colliard
Staff 2,770
Students 40,483
Location Paris, France
Affiliations University of Paris, Europaeum
La Sorbonne today

University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne (Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne) is a university in Paris, France.

Historically, it was part of the University of Paris, which was subsequently split into several universities. Some forty thousand students are enrolled in 14 teaching and research departments (Unités de Formation et de Recherche) and 5 Institutes, which offer degree courses in law, political science, economics, management and the humanities.


History of the University

The Sorbonne in the 17th century
Barricade and police around the Sorbonne (during the spring 2006 students' protests).

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.

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) and
  • the Institute of Labour Studies (ISST).

Research at the University

A few statistics are sufficient to show 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.


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 London (King's College London) Bologna, Bonn, Geneva, Leiden, Oxford 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.

Another example of the University's international focus are its Joint International Law Degrees (maîtrises intégrées). Applicants are chosen in equal numbers from France and the partner country and, after two years’ study in each country, obtain two degrees. The Franco-British joint law degree is organised with King's College London; the Franco-German degree with the University of Cologne; the Franco-Spanish degree with Complutense University, Madrid; the Franco-American degree with Cornell University and Columbia University; and the Franco-Italian degree with the University of Florence. The University of Paris 1 has recently extended the model to the field of History.

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.


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 centres have found new premises, in particular in the Rue Malher and the Boulevard de l’Hôpital, where the Economics Building is now located.

See also

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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