Paris-Sorbonne University is the main inheritor of the old Sorbonne, which dates back to the 13th century. It was one of the first universities in the world.
The largest institution in France dedicated to the study of literature, languages, civilizations, arts, humanities and social sciences is located on the original medieval foundations, and now extends to the Latin Quarter and to other areas in Paris. The University is characterized by rich culture and tradition with top-quality researchers. Its excellent scientific reputation is demonstrated by regular publications and international exchanges. Paris-Sorbonne seeks to constantly adapt to present-day social and technological changes and to encourage as many students as possible to study at Paris-Sorbonne while preparing for their future careers. The Sorbonne incites its students to think freely, to construct their own judgment so that they can become responsible and inventive citizens who can promote dignity and a culture of peace.
Club UNESCO Sorbonne
« Clubs for UNESCO play a key role in fulfilling the UNESCO’s mission. They uphold the Organization’s values and principles. They encourage dialogue, promote cultural diversity and can contribute to peace and human development. »
Koïchiro Matsuura, former Director-General of UNESCO
Sorbonne University UNESCO Club is a non-profit educational organization, part of the French Federation for UNESCO (Clubs, Centers and Associations), which is affiliated to European and the World Federation for UNESCO networks, responsible for informing, coordinating and mobilizing its members with UNESCO’s support and cooperation. Sorbonne UNESCO Club’s current President is Mr Leandre Lucas, Vice-President Ms Gabriela Aleksovska, and Secretary-General Ms Daniela Iancu; Honorary President and founder is Mr Aleksandar Protic.
French Federation for UNESCO is financed both by the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research and by French Ministry of Youth.
The Sorbonne University UNESCO Club was founded in 2008 as an initiative of a group of students of intercultural communication, with the support of CIMER Director, Professor Francis Conte, and with the support and official agreement of the President of Sorbonne University (Paris IV), Professor Georges Molinie.
UNESCO Club Sorbonne members, who are mostly students at Sorbonne University, share a commitment to UNESCO’s ideals and work to translate them into reality on the ground. Members are therefore well placed to present the views of civil society to decision-makers. Beside founding, together with Sorbonne’s Master of Intercultural Communication, the Intercultural communication forum, UNESCO Club Sorbonne had developed several memory projects, such as Tesla Memory Project, Rousseau Memory Project, Confucius Memory Project and Tagore Memory Project.
In the half-century the UNESCO Clubs movement has been in existence, the world has witnessed a vast range of events concerning all of UNESCO’s fields of competence. In the light of civil society’s growing role in public policy-making, the Club movement can play a key part in educating citizens, and can contribute to dialogue between cultures and generations for sustainable development.
THE INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION FORUM
The Intercultural Communication Forum was founded by Sorbonne University UNESCO club and cofounded by the Sorbonne University Master department for Intercultural communication. The forum features leading figures in culture, communication, business and civil society in discussion and interaction with Sorbonne University professors and Club members about emerging dynamics in a modern cross-cultural context. The Forum provides an ongoing opportunity for exploring “new intercultural communication” with a particular emphasis on innovative approaches to effecting change in culture, education, science and communication.