Sino-French Institute of Renmin University of China
Our strategic partnership with the Sino-French Institute of Renmin University of China (IFC) is the ongoing realization of some of Sorbonne University's most integral values: cultural enrichment and exchange, multilingualism and an internationalized union of training and research.
With Sorbonne University and IFC working together to offer a degree in both countries and languages, multidisciplinarity is at the heart of our collaborations, ensuring the development of graduates who are truly global.
IFC is a cooperation between Sorbonne University and other French higher education institutions (Université Paul-Valéry-Montpellier 3, Kedge Business School) and a prestigious Chinese university: Renmin University of China. As an integral component of Renmin University, IFC is designed to educate high-potential trilingual Chinese specialists in the fields of finance, economics, management, applied foreign languages and humanities. Exchange programs in bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics are also open as of 2020.
Founded in 1937, Renmin University of China is a multidisciplinary institution ranked in the top three in China for its fields of specialization. The university focuses on research in the humanities and social sciences.
Promoting cultures between two countries
Ariane Lin Dejean is a Professor of Chinese Language at Sorbonne University, and coordinates the LEA (Applied Foreign Languages) program, which offers students complete a degree in both Suzhou and Paris, and in both languages.
"Franco-Chinese collaboration is very important. France, its educational system and its cultural wealth have a very positive image in China, and China has always favored multilateral links and sought to multiply partnerships with different countries in the world," she says.
The LEA program is a reflection of this shared cultural importance and mutual interest for international collaboration. Students study for two years in Suzhou before studying alongside French classmates in Paris. After returning to China for the remainder of the degree, students graduate having "mastered two languages and two cultures, and are destined to promote commercial and cultural relations between France and China."
France holds a privileged position as the first Western power to establish diplomatic relations with China (as early as 1964), and Sorbonne University is committed to maintaining this link with an important global actor: "The place occupied by China today's world gives our collaboration a strategic character."
[These students] are destined to promote commercial and cultural relations between France and China.
Recent Joint Projects
Since the creation of the Sino-French Institute of Renmin University of China in 2010, Sorbonne University has been committed to developing collaboration in a range of important fields. Some more recent projects include:
- 2021: Virtual Joint Management Board in April.
- 2020: Launch of a new French as a Foreign Language (FLE) program, a master's degree in mathematics, and a string of bachelor's exchange programs.
- 2019: Joint Management Board (Board of Directors) of the Sino-French Institute of Renmin University of China, Suzhou campus.