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Sorbonne eyes expansion to Greece October 23, 2007

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Internationally acclaimed Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) University on Monday unveiled plans to offer courses that will be taught in Greece rather than at the University’s campus in Paris.

Speaking at a press conference at the French Embassy in Athens, Sorbonne President Jean-Robert Pitte said the historic University had chosen Greece in order to launch its opening in Europe and that he would be meeting the heads of the French Institut and Greek associates that were interested in developing the Sorbonne’s activities in the east Mediterranean nation.

He said the meetings would focus on possible cooperation in offering master’s-level courses during the next academic year, 2008-2009. Proposed course subjects include law, communications, international relations and psychology.

Pitte said that the prospect indicated the desire of French Universities and Greek institutions to internationalise and highlighted the modern character and strength of Greek-French ties, which were already very strong in the sector of higher education.

He added that studies offered by the Sorbonne in Greece would not be free of charge, as they were for students in Paris, but that the fees set would take into account the specific socio-economic conditions in the country and would be adjusted accordingly.

One of the oldest Universities in Europe, the Sorbonne was originally founded in 1257 and gained international recognition over the centuries. It is now the seat of the Paris Academy and is one of the most influential institutions of higher education in Paris and France generally.

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