On April 24, 2018, Prof. Zhang Jie, Vice President of Chinese Academy Sciences and Chairman of the university council, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences (UCAS), met with Prof. Jean Chambaz, President of Sorbonne University, at the Yuquanlu campus. Prof. Serge Fdida, Vice President of Sorbonne University, Prof. Wu Yueliang, Vice President of UCAS and Prof. Wang Yanfen, Vice President of UCAS were present.
Prof. Zhang welcomed the senior delegation from Sorbonne University and briefed the guests on the history of higher education at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the university - institute’s fusion of leadership, faculty, and management, as well as UCAS's “two-phase” mode of education and the supporting role of UCAS in the construction of discipline and development for Chinese Academy of Sciences. He also introduced the strategic positioning, scenario development and unique geographic development opportunity of UCAS for the Huairou Science City in the future.
Prof. Jean Chambaz expressed his appreciation to Zhang Jie for the hospitality during his visit. As the first university which he has visited aboard since being appointed the president of Sorbonne University, Prof. Jean Chambaz pointed out that both Sorbonne University and UCAS had similar development objectives, research atmosphere, international partnership plans. In addition, he noted that both shared a historical inheritance of sciences and education for their countries and a relatively young university history, along with the hope that both universities establish an international partnership, and draw up a collaboration agreement as early as possible.
Prof. Zhang agreed with Prof. Jean Chambaz’s suggestion and hoped the agreement would be put into practice by the end of this year.
In order to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the university, as a very important part of the visit, Prof. Jean Chambaz delivered a keynote speech at the Yanqihu Lake Eminent Speakers Lecture Series entitled “Sorbonne University, an Engine for Change.”. As UCAS’ highest-level academic forum, the Yanqihu Lake Eminent Speakers Lecture Series is an important academic activity for UCAS to build campus culture. The Yanqihu Lake Eminent Speakers Lecture was hosted by Prof. Wu Yueliang.
On the morning of April 28, 2018, Prof. Jean Chambaz was led by Prof. Wang Yanfen on a visit to Beijing Advanced Sciences and Innovation Center (BASIC), CAS, and the construction site of the Synergetic Extreme Condition Use Facility, Institute of Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences.
Introduction of Sorbonne University
Sorbonne University (French: Sorbonne Université) is a university in Paris. It is the result of a fusion between Paris-Sorbonne University and Pierre and Marie Curie University, two of the inheritors of the historical University of Paris - colloquially known as "the Sorbonne" - which was dissolved as a single entity in 1970. The establishment of the university was decreed 21 April 2017, and took place on the 1 January 2018. The campus is located in the heart of the historic Latin Quarter of Paris and the two other campuses, Compiegne and Fontainebleau, are only 40 minutes by train.
Sorbonne University, whose campuses are in the heart of Paris, covers all major disciplinary fields and offers new transversal academic and research programs. In 2018, the merger of Paris-Sorbonne and Pierre et Marie Curie universities will transform Sorbonne University into a fully-fledged university with three autonomous faculties: Humanities and Social Sciences, Sciences and Medicine. Sorbonne University is working with Université de Technologie de Compiègne to define a framework for their integration as the future Engineering School. In the future, Université Panthéon-Assas may also rejoin the university as the future Law School. In the coming years, INSEAD, the Museum of Natural History and their other members will be associated ever more closely to Sorbonne University.