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Sorbonne Universités will be joining edX as SorbonneX and will begin offering classes in spring 2015.

Comprising a world class educational experience, Sorbonne Universités include: Paris-Sorbonne, focused on art, humanities and social science; Pierre et Marie Curie, focused on science and engineering; University of Technology of Compiègne, an engineering school; INSEAD, a business school; Muséum national d’historie naturelle; and three public research organizations, CNRS, National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm) and Institute of research for development (IRD).

Sorbonne Universités is committed to developing multidisciplinary programs that offer students a wide and flexible range of courses and educational experiences. As a comprehensive university, Sorbonne Universités commits itself to the highest international standards and continues to partner with top global institutions and attract the best students and scholars from around the world.Sorbonne Universités

As an edX Charter Member, SorbonneX will expand Sorbonne’s already broad reach and connect with a larger and more varied community of learners worldwide.Barthelemy Jobert and Anant Agarwal

Together with edX, Sorbonne Universités is shaping the future of education worldwide. A historical leader in scholarship and education, here are some insights into the Sorbonne’s storied past as it enters its next chapter of educational excellence.

History of the Sorbonne:

  • The University of Paris, one of the first universities established in Europe, was founded in the 12th century.
  • The first printing press was installed in the Sorbonne in 1469 by King Louis XI’s librarian, Guillalume Fichet, and by the college prior, Jean Heynlin.
  • The name Sorbonne is derived from the Collège de Sorbonne, founded in 1257 by Robert de Sorbon as one of the first significant colleges of the University of Paris.
  • After the Collège de Sorbonne was suppressed during the French revolution, Napoleon reopened it in 1808 and it was later closed in 1882.
    Construction on the current Sorbonne building started in 1885 and was completed in 1901.
  • Sorbonne alumni include Marie Curie, St. Thomas Aquinas, Simone de Beauvoir, Susan Sontag, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Jean-Pierre Serre and many more.
  • The Sorbonne currently has more than 54,000 students.

Please join me in saying Bienvenue, Sorbonne!

By Johannes Heinlein, Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships


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