History

Our university was established in May 2006 under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK) and Sorbonne University, as part of the Emirate’s vision for academic and cultural growth.

This historic agreement represented a shared vision between the UAE Government and the French Government to bring world-class standards of French education to the Middle East. Sorbonne University, Paris Descartes University and the University of Pierre et Marie Curie were all signatories to the agreement to establish the Abu Dhabi campus and to provide specialised undergraduate and postgraduate academic programmes.

In December 2009, Sorbonne Abu Dhabi moved into its purpose-built, permanent campus on Al Reem Island in Abu Dhabi including over 93,000m2 of teaching, recreational and accommodation facilities. This included a library, a 700-seat auditorium, a sports centre and a cafeteria.

The university is always committed to Abu Dhabi’s vision of creating a cultural and scientific hub and expanding its outreach to students locally and across the world.

Key facts

Established: 30 May 2006
Patronage: Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince
Motto: A bridge between civilisations
Affiliations: Sorbonne University and Paris Descartes University
Chancellor: Prof. Jean Chambaz
Vice Chancellor: Prof Eric Fouache
Accreditation: UAE Ministry of Education, French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation
Subjects: Humanities, Sciences, Arts, Languages, Economy, Law, French Literature
Teaching Language: French, English
System: European Credit Transfer System (ECTS)
Student Diversity: over 90 Nationalities (more than 25% of the graduates are UAE Nationals)