Pantheon-Sorbonne University

Pantheon-Sorbonne University
Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne
Type Public
Established 1971
Budget €117 million (2009)[1]
President Georges Haddad
Administrative staff
Students 40,483
Location Paris, France
Colours      Blue,      White,      Gold
Affiliations Hautes Études-Sorbonne-Arts et Métiers, Chancellerie des Universités de Paris, Europaeum
Location in Paris

Pantheon-Sorbonne University (French: Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne), also known as Paris 1, is a public research university in Paris, France. It was established in 1971 as one of the main inheritors of the historical University of Paris (La Sorbonne) after the division of the world's second oldest academic institution. Pantheon-Sorbonne's headquarters is located on the Place du Panthéon in the Latin Quarter, an area in the 5th and the 6th arrondissements of Paris. The university occupies part of the Sorbonne and over 25 buildings in Paris, such as the Centre Pierre Mendès France, the Maison des Sciences Économiques.[2] It is now a founding member of the alliance called Hautes Études-Sorbonne-Arts et Métiers.

Its focus is multidisciplinary, and has three main domains: Economic and Management Sciences, Human Sciences, and Legal and Political Sciences;[3] comprising several subjects such as: Economics, Law, Philosophy, Geography, Humanities, Cinema, Plastic arts, Art history, Political science, Mathematics, Management, and Social sciences.[4]


After the student protests of May and June 1968, thirteen universities succeeded to the University of Paris (Sorbonne University), which ceased to exist.

While Paris-Sorbonne University succedeed only the faculty of humanities of Sorbonne University,[5] Panthéon-Assas University only the faculty of law and economics[6] and Pierre and Marie Curie University only the faculty of sciences, Panthéon-Sorbonne University was founded on a wish for interdisciplinarity by bringing together disciplines. Indeed, most of the law professors of the faculty of law and economics of the University of Paris wished only to restructure their faculty into a university.[7] However, most of the faculty's economists and political scientists and some public law professors sought to create a university which would extend beyond the disciplinary compartmentalisation;[8] they hurried ahead of their colleagues and established Paris Iwhich would later be called "Panthéon-Sorbonne"with professors of humanities.[8]The name of the university show this interdisciplinarity: the Sorbonne building is the traditional seat of the Humanities studies in Paris (hence it is also used by Paris III and University Paris-Sorbonne), and the Panthéon building is, with the Assas building,[9] the traditional seat of the law studies (hence it is also used by Panthéon-Assas University).


Panthéon center of faculty of law

The main buildings are the Centre Pierre Mendès France, the Centre René Cassin, the Centre Saint-Charles, the Centre Arago which houses the new International Relations Building; the research centers have been relocated, in particular in the Rue Malher and the Boulevard de l’Hôpital, where the Economics Building is currently located.

Organisation and administration

The Pantheon-Sorbonne University is organized in several departments (unités de formation et de recherche) and institutes.


Law Department

Panthéon-Sorbonne united in 2009 all legal studies in the university and gave that new department the name of École de droit de la Sorbonne ("Sorbonne Law School"), to compete the collège de droit of Panthéon-Assas University created in 2008. But whereas the name is the same, it is not a selective degree for top students of the university but the name of the law department of Panthéon-Sorbonne University. It is a merging of the departments of Public Law, Public Administration and Public Affairs, of Business Law, of International and European Studies and of General Law Studies, plus the Jean Domat Institute (preparation to Bar exam and Judge exam), and the Paris Insurance Institute (insurance law studies).




Research programs exist in economics, management and applied mathematics; in law and politics; in philosophy and the arts; in history, art history and archaeology; in geography, demography and sociology, to name but some. The eleven hundred members of faculty, 200 researchers who are attached to major research institutions, mainly the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research), and 150 technical and administrative staff are grouped in 68 research groups recognised by the CNRS and the Ministry of Education and Research.

Every year around 400 PhD theses are defended and 1,700 pre-PhD post-graduate degrees are awarded in 74 subjects divided between 15 graduate schools.

Documentary resource centers

In Economics, the library at the Centre Pierre Mendès France offers students free access to its large collection.

In Law, the Cujas Library, co-administered with Panthéon-Assas, with its computerized documentation service, provides access to over 500 data banks and is the largest law and economics library in France.

In Humanities, The Sorbonne library, mostly administered by Paris Sorbonne University but open to Panthéon-Sorbonne students, has a collection of almost three million books, 100,000 of which are more than 200 years old, and 17,500 periodicals covering all the humanities. The library and map collection of the Geography Institute are the oldest such collection in France. In addition, the 400,000 volumes in the specialist libraries offer users one of the largest collections in France and Europe.


Panthéon-Sorbonne has signed over 150 conventions with foreign universities across five continents. These exchanges revolve around international networks such as Europaeum which bring together Oxford, London, Bologna, Bonn, Geneva, Helsinki, Leiden and Prague. The University of Paris I also heads a number of consortia which bring together French universities and professional organisations. The consortia are responsible for major international projects in Bucharest, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Istanbul (Galatasaray), and Moscow.

Every year some 130 academics from foreign universities come to teach and do research at the University of Paris I. Many researchers and members of faculty take part in major international research programs abroad; the University also hosts many annual international conferences. Six thousand international students, mainly from Europe, come to study as part of the SOCRATES or TEMPUS programmes. African students are joined by increasing numbers from Asia and America, and take part in specific programs organised in conjunction with universities across the world.

Dual and double degree programs

At Panthéon-Sorbonne, students can apply for admission to one of the dual degree or double degree programs designed in conjunction with partner universities in France and abroad. Double degree programs confer two degrees to students, whereas dual degrees confer a degree from the host university only.


International rankings

In the 2015/16 QS World University Rankings, the University was globally ranked 240th overall (9th of France)[10] and 351-400 (14th of France) by the Times Higher Education in 2016.[11]

By faculties, it was ranked:

By subject, it was ranked in the 2016 QS World University Rankings:

By academic reputation, it was ranked 110 (3rd in France), according to the QS World University Rankings, and 91-100 (3rd of France), according to the Times Higher Education 2016.[13]

National rankings

Economics and business

In Economics, its undergraduate program is ranked first of the universities by Eduniversal.[14] Its masters programs are ranked 4th of the French Universities or academic institution by Eduniversal.[15]

In Business, Panthéon-Sorbonne is ranked 14 by Eduniversal, second of the universities, behind Paris Dauphine University.[16]


Panthéon-Sorbonne undergraduate law program is ranked four by Eduniversal.[17] It was ranked in interdinisciplinary fields also, as follow:

Panthéon-Sorbonne masters law programs are globally ranked second by Eduniversal, behind Panthéon-Assas University ones.[18] On the 55 master's degree ranked in 6 specialties, 4 are from Panthéon-Sorbonne University from 3 specialties, i.e. second ex aequo with Paris Dauphine University and Aix-Marseille University but with higher rankings than these two universities. They were ranked as follow

In terms of salary, Panthéon-Sorbonne law graduates are second nationally behind Panthéon-Assas University ones.[19]


No national ranking exists in Humanities.

Notable alumni and faculty

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