The Strategic Plan lays out the major strategic directions of Sorbonne University for the next five years. This plan covers the period 2019-2023 and defines how Sorbonne University, a world-class transdisciplinary research university plans to evolve in the coming years to respond to the challenges of the 21st century and fulfil its missions as a public institution.

The creation of Sorbonne University, based on the heritage of its two founding universities, has an established legitimacy, and provides an opportunity and the responsibility to continue its progress on a European and international level. The University will achieve this by uniting, and thereby multiplying, the strengths of its faculties of science and engineering, arts and humanities, and medicine, as a public institution, with public service duties defined by French law. This means that Sorbonne University must assert itself as a leading place of knowledge and technology where everyone wants to come and study, work, conduct research, innovate and flourish.

  • To achieve this, Sorbonne University must address global challenges in education and research, whether these challenges emerge at the frontiers of disciplines or are identified by other establishments in France or abroad.
  • Sorbonne University must also be able to assist and enlighten society at large with regard to the transformations our populations are undergoing, including globalization; mobility; the digital revolution; demographics and health changes; and environmental transition.
  • Finally, Sorbonne University must transform itself, federate its faculties, bring together all of the means available and optimize its organization in alignment with French laws. Since the University is first and foremost its staff and its students, the development of the University depends on their involvement and work. This transformation also involves bringing this community together. The role of the University is therefore to provide every individual with the best conditions for working, teaching, carrying out research and studying.

Sorbonne University’s specificities as a research university mean that both the University and its partner establishments need to be able to attract, recruit and support its staff throughout their careers, and whose commitment, work and full range of diversity provide meaning to its activities.

It is also key to express a shared vision and to provide the resources that enable this to become reality. It is by acting simultaneously across the three directions set out above that the University will be in a position to achieve its ambition, outlined in this 2019-23 Strategic Plan as four major strategic objectives, which take into account the current state of the University1 and constitute the expression of this vision:

  • Acting in a globalized world;
  • Contributing to the open science, digital and data revolutions;
  • Learning, understanding and undertaking within a changing world;
  • Establishing the new university and affirming its identity.

These objectives are those of the new university and of the faculties of which it is composed; they are also the objectives of the University’s partnership with its associate establishments: the Natural History Museum (MNHN), Compiègne University of Technology (UTC), INSEAD2, Pôle Supérieur de Paris Boulogne-Billancourt (PSPBB) and the International Centre for Pedagogical Studies (CIEP) in addition to CNRS, INSERM, INRIA and IRD. 

Institutional Strategic Plan (pdf)

Updated on 12 FEB 2019