posted on 30/05/2006: 973 views
President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan today issued a decree establishing an Abu Dhabi chapter for the Paris Sorbonne University.
The decree, issued by President HH Sheikh Khalifa in his capacity as Ruler of Abu Dhabi, stipulates that the "Paris Sorbonne University of Abu Dhabi" shall be wholly owned by Abu Dhabi Education Council "ADEC" and shall be headquartered in Abu Dhabi. The decree, however, authorizes ADED to establish branches for the University within the UAE and beyond.
"The University shall contribute to promoting higher education opportunities within the UAE, GCC, and the Middle East in General," the decree reads. The University will grant credentials according to French regulations and academic standards of the Paris Sorbonne University.
According to the decree, the University will be managed by a board of six members, three of whom- including the chairman - to be appointed by the Paris Sorbonne University. The other three, including the deputy chairman, are to be appointed by the Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council on ADEC recommendation.
The board's mandate includes carving out the University's policies, approving academic programmes, issuing academic calendar, granting academic degrees, issuing administrative and financial policies, and fixing tuition fees in coordination with ADEC.
The decree also stipulates that the University shall have an academic council, to be chaired by a representative of the Sorbonne University, and deputy-chaired by an ADEC appointee. The Council shall draw up curricula, internal rules, and scientific activity promotion policies and forward them to the Board for approval. It shall also carry out any other tasks as may be commissioned by the Board.
The University will offer academic programmes in social sciences, humanities, and fine arts, leading to Licentiate, Masters, and PhD degrees in history, history of art, music, geography, planning, arts, civilisational studies, philosophy, sociology, information, and communication.
Programmes leading to undergraduate degrees in law, economics and politics will be introduced at a later stage. Certification programmers in other disciplines may also be introduced subject to the approval of the University's Board and ADEC.
The agreement with the Paris Sorbonne University takes effect as from February 19th, 2006. The establishment of the University demonstrates the keenness of the UAE leadership to bring the quality of education in the country at par with the best international standards.
The University will initially operate from an interim campus that will be inaugurated on October 7th, but will move to a permanent campus by early 2008. All subjects will be taught by tutors from the Paris Sorbonne University. The University will offer Licentiate, Master's and PhD. degrees under the European unified system of education, which allows students to transfer to any European university based on the European credit hours system. Instruction will be in French. Students will be enrolled in French language course for one or two semesters to prepare them for pursuing their studies.
The University is open to students of both sexes and of all nationalities. It grants full and partial scholarships for eligible students. Students may register for the 2006/2007 academic year at ADEC or online. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)
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