Paris-Sorbonne Abu Dhabi signs a cooperation agreement with France’s Pierre and Marie Curie University
Announcing the beginning of courses for the bachelor of Physics
Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi – 25 September 2013, Abu Dhabi: An education cooperation agreement was signed yesterday between Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and Pierre and Marie Curie University, the “leading French university in science and medicine”. This agreement marks the launch of the Physics undergraduate programme in the Abu Dhabi campus, which will be taught in English and will provide fundamental courses in modern areas such as physics, mathematics, computer sciences and applied physics.
Professor Barthélémy Jobert, president of Paris-Sorbonne University and Professor Jean Chambaz, president of UPMC signed this agreement at the PSUAD quarters – Abu Dhabi, in the presence of Professor Eric Fouache, president of PSUAD alongside members of the teaching committee and students enrolled in the new specialization.
Prof. Barthélémy Jobert said: “Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi provides students with a unique opportunity to obtain a French bachelor degree in Physics, delivered by one of the most prestigious and internationally renowned universities in the world – Pierre and Marie Curie of Paris”.
“The bachelor of Physics is an international programme of high level purposely established to prepare students in the multi-faceted field of physics”.
Jobert affirmed that this degree aims to develop graduates with the key practical skills and interdisciplinary knowledge in both fundamental and applied physics required to address today’s global challenges.
“With courses starting soon, students of the new bachelor programme are fortunate to be taught the sciences of physics by one of the oldest scientific universities, knowing that the excellent preparation will put them at a cutting edge advantage as a first promotion”, he added.
Jobert believes the launch of a scientific specialization by Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi falls under its objectives to provide a diverse and modern programme and ensure better opportunities for the students in the work field, to meet the needs of the United Arab Emirates and the job market in general. This way, the university is actively contributing to the economic and technological advancement of the country and its increasing interest in revolutionary sciences and technologies.
On the other hand, Prof. Jean Chambaz – President of UPMC said: “The Bachelor’s degree delivered to the students of Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi will have the same scientific and international value as the one delivered in Paris”.
He added: “This is the first time UPMC agrees to deliver its programmes outside the university’s campus. However, the idea of the Bachelor of Physics came through following the decision of PSUAD to provide scientific specialization.
We were approached by Prof. Barthelemy Jobert, President of the Sorbonne University in Paris with a cooperation request, supported by the country’s authorities desire to launch scientific programmes at PSUAD, knowing that the launch of new scientific majors will solely depend on the demand of the Emirati party”.
During the ceremony, Prof. Chambaz indicated the bachelor in Physics encompasses one year of foundation, followed by 3 years in physical sciences and mathematics taught in English by cutting edge researchers.
The programme covers modern topics of physics, mathematics, computer sciences and applied physics in addition to e-technology related laboratory allowing students to acquire lively knowledge with state of the art equipment and enabling them to apply for Masters in Physics or in Materials Sciences and Engineering.
He said: “This programme will help students acquire the basis of modern physics, while emphasizing on experiments and high levels of professional skills required in the job market through courses in languages, information technology and general culture. Individual follow up with students and interviews at the end of each semester will ensure them the support and guidance they need for their future”.
The University of Pierre and Marie Curie in France is one of the thirteenth Parisian universities, and a member of the Association of Research Universities in Europe. It has more than 900 years of scientific activities and stands for French excellence in science and medicine. It is also the largest university in France in this field.