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The Association of “Les Amis de la Sorbonne” was granted exceptional patronage of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces. The Association is fully supported by the French Ambassador to the UAE.

It was in spring 2007, a year after the University’s first courses began, when Les Amis de la Sorbonne was founded. This was initiated by a group of French and Emirati people keen to steadily support the development of a prestigious and extraordinary project with regard to its impact on future generations.

Members of the Association are convinced that access to higher education and culture is a primary step towards economic development and the wellbeing of all people. They truly believe in the moral duty of citizens, be they UAE nationals or expats, towards supporting projects aimed at broadening the young generation’s knowledge and to open them up to a multicultural environment. In this regard, access to studies at Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi will act as an example.

The Association brings together renowned Emirati and French companies, which are strategic partners to the development of Sorbonne University in the UAE and in the region. Several key figures in the academic and cultural spheres, regional and French, also strongly support the Association of MEDEF (Movement of the French Enterprises). Other partners include the French Business Group Abu Dhabi and the French Business Council Dubai and Northern Emirates.

The Association’s primary role is as an effective contributor to scholarship funding and its objectives include locating internships for students, facilitating the transition of graduates into the professional field, welcoming researchers, and supporting the cultural initiatives of Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi.

The Association Executive Committee consists of:
President Mrs. Fairouz Villain, Les Amis de la Sorbonne
Vice-President Mr Jean Michel Bourgoin, CEO of Middle East Amundi
Vice-President H.E. Saeed Al Hajiri, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA)
Member of Honour H.E. Michel Miraillet, French Ambassador to the UAE
Member of Honour Prof. Barthélémy Jobert, President of Paris-Sorbonne and Chancellor of Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi
Committee Member Dr. Usra Soffan, National Center for Documentation and Research
Committee Member Mr. Sultan Al Hajji, Vice-President, Total EP UAE
General Secretary Mrs. Asma Al Ghanem
Committee Member Mrs. Raphaele Francois- Poncet, Baker & McKenzie
Committee Member Mr. Laurent Gillard, Agence France-Muséums
Committee Member Prof. Eric Fouache, Vice-Chancellor of Paris-Sorbonne University
Abu Dhabi
Committee Member Mr. Hussain Al Jaziri, Ja’Afar Alwan, Al Jaziri & Associates


The Association of Les Amis de la Sorbonne includes the following Sponsors:


Gold Sponsor:
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Silver Sponsor:
Chalhoub Group Chaloub-1
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Bronze Sponsor:
Safran Aerospace Defence Security Safran
EDF Safran