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Officially established on August 27, 2009, our Foundation is based on the humanist tradition and the scientific excellence of Sorbonne University. With a firm determination to create greater interdisciplinarity, it works to develop concrete solutions for major social issues and ensure the academic influence of Sorbonne University.

Missions

Three questions for Barthélémy Jobert, President of the Sorbonne University Foundation

Organisation / Missions de la Fondation / Barthélémy Jobert

Can you tell us about the Foundation’s history?

It was created in the Fall of 2017, at the time of the finalization of the merger between Paris-Sorbonne and Pierre & Marie Curie Universities. Based on the old UPMC Foundation which had been in existence for 9 years, the new Foundation has continued to pursue the same principal goals: creating a community of private, corporate and institutional donors around the university who participate in meaningful and clearly structured projects. Beyond the financial assistance they provide, this diverse group of individuals contribute to the university’s mission as well as its influence, while simultaneously respecting the autonomy of its teaching and research teams. The current SU Foundation is particularly active in medicine, science, technology, arts and humanities, and the human and social sciences. Singular in its ability to cover so many different fields, it is the leading French university foundation and one of the largest in Europe in terms of funds raised and activities undertaken. The SU Foundation also stands out for its interdisciplinary vocation, precisely calibrated to meet the challenges of the contemporary world.

What actions have already been taken?

The Foundation is based on a group of initiatives that it hopes to expand through the Welcome to the Future campaign. They concern academics, particularly with the unique Passport to the Master’s program. Selected based on an application process and interviews and in accordance with academic and social criteria, students are able to access a fully-funded 5-year higher education program, Master’s degree included, all the while receiving the support of a personalized outside mentor. Research chairs have been created in particularly important areas such as new materials, quantum computing, and oncology. The university’s patrimony has also benefitted from crowdfunding campaigns: private donors have financed, among other things, the restauration and preservation of the zoological collection in the Faculty of Sciences; patient-care manikins, destined for use in pediatric oncology in the Faculty of Medicine, have been purchased to help train students.

What are the Foundation’s goals for the Welcome to the Future campaign?​​​​​​​

First of all we hope in the next five years to double the €50 million already raised in order to reach €100 million by 2022. This would make us the most successful of all similar campaigns launched by continental European universities. In doing so, we hope to develop and reinforce a veritable community around Sorbonne University. We believe that a universal institution of knowledge, naturally open to young people and thus to the future and the entire world, will bring our community of donors together. This community will also be encouraged to participate in an increasingly personal way in the life of the university, in order to better participate in the pursuit of knowledge that we undertake on a daily basis.

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Medicine

The Faculty of Medicine teaches the 3 cycles of medical studies: from PASS (integrated into the faculty) to the 3rd cycle including DES, DESC, DU and DIU. The lessons are given mainly on two sites: Pitié-Salpêtrière and Saint-Antoine. The faculty also provides paramedical education: speech therapy, psychomotricity and orthoptics. The Saint-Antoine site includes a midwifery school.

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A unique combination of courses and expertise

Our international study programmes are organised according to the major disciplinary areas of the faculty. They represent the graduate study programmes that are not strictly conducted in French or that could be suitable (in part) for non French-speaking students. They also reflect part of the diversity of the disciplines involved and the bi- and inter-disciplinary aspects of many of the courses we offer.

 

Research & Innovation

We rely on disciplinary skills and on interdisciplinary approaches to renew concepts, methods and research subjects and to focus on some of the crucial issues faced by our societies: transformations affecting the very construction of knowledge (data, AI), the treatment of complex objects (the environment, marine and ocean sciences, cultural heritage) or our contributions to addressing societal challenges (climate change, healthcare).

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Our campuses offer different and unique experiences to our students, visitors and staff. Resources and support services are also available to ensure an equal chance at success to all.

Campus Life

In addition to the cultural activities and events organised throughout the year by our clubs and societies, the Parismus society organises numerous events, evenings and cultural visits that will help you discover France and its parisian life.

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