Sorbonne Abu Dhabi Kicks Off New Academic Year
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About 800 students from 65 countries, among them 250 first years

Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (PSUAD) welcomed yesterday, Sunday, September 15, about 800 students hailing from 65 countries worldwide, among whom 250 first years, in a ceremony to kick off the new academic year. The event marked the conclusion of the academic orientation week which introduced new students to the various aspects of university life, courses of study, and university programmes.
Pr. Eric Fouache, PSUAD Vice-Chancellor, urged students to make the best of studying at one of the world’s most prestigious universities and to avail themselves of the experience and knowledge of its distinguished faculty, noting PSUAD’s keenness to offer students services and curricula that respond to the ever-changing modern landscape of the UAE.
Pr. Fouache underscored the importance of the culture created by PSUAD, which focuses on the well-rounded development of individual students and on contributing to the dissemination of multi-disciplinary knowledge, as PSUAD strives for both academic and professional excellence among its student body. Hailed as a bridge between cultures, PSUAD delivers the same academic curricula that are taught in Paris, at the same world-class level, and offers its graduates an internationally-recognised degree through the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), perfectly positioning them for global business success.
Pr. Fouache noted that PSUAD is kicking off the new academic year with a newly-established specialization: the Bachelor’s programme in Physics, along with state-of-the-art classrooms and science labs, to cater to educational outputs and supply the labour market with highly-qualified and globally-competitive professionals.
Pr. Fouache called on students to invest in the educational opportunities available to them, to expend the needed effort and energy, and to always aspire towards distinction and excellence. He emphasised PSUAD’s student focus, where students acquire, from day one, the skills and personal initiative needed for critical thinking, personal development, and active participation.
Dr. Fatima Al Shamsi, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Administrative Affairs, observed that “PSUAD strives to fulfil its primary objectives in disseminating knowledge and building balanced, sustainable partnerships with existing institutions in the UAE and the region to ensure the best interests of students, faculty, and economic institutions.”
Dr. Al Shamsi highlighted the fact that 250 new students have enrolled at PSUAD this year and that admission is still open for various specialisations as well as transfers from other institutions. The university is ready to kick off classes, Al Shamsi said, with fully-equipped, state-of-the-art science labs and upgraded soft- and hardware at its computer labs.
According to Dr. Al Shamsi, PSUAD will soon launch the Golden Age of Arab Sciences science fair, in association with the Arab World Institute in Paris, positioning PSUAD as a model for European, francophone, and Arab cultural exchange.
Dr. Al Shamsi affirmed PSUAD’s aspiration to bridge the gap between academia, businesses, and society to promote socio-economic growth in the UAE. PSUAD likewise seeks to align its courses of study with market demands in keeping with the goals of Abu Dhabi Plan 2030 and works to facilitate the assimilation of its graduates into the business world, instilling in students the maturity they need as future professionals. PSUAD, moreover, has set up other means of collaboration with public and private institutions to foster educational and cultural exchange and communication.
It is worth mentioning that PSUAD offers ten academic tracks at the undergraduate level in Archaeology and Art History; Economics and Management; French and Comparative Literature; Geography and Planning; History, Civilizations, and International Affairs; Applied Foreign Languages; Law; Philosophy and Sociology; Information and Communication; and Physics. Moreover, nine programmes are available at the graduate level: International Law, Diplomacy, and International Relations; Teaching French for Arab Speakers; Marketing, Management, Communication, and Media; Urban and Regional Planning; International Business; Art History and Museum Studies; Performing Arts Management; Banking and Finance; and Publishing, Information, and Multimedia.