The creation of the Sorbonne-Nouvelle marked the end of a turbulent part of French history. It began in early thirteenth century, when the Kingdom of France was experiencing an unprecedented cultural flourishing in Europe under the rein of King Saint Louis. His confessor, an eminent theologian named Robert de Sorbon, nurtured the will to create a college of theology dedicated to the poor. In 1253, the college of La Sorbonne was established, and rapidly became the most dynamic intellectual and scientific centres of the Old Continent. The faculty was granted royal buildings in the Latin Quarter, and pursued its expansion as a powerful institution until the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789. The college of La Sorbonne was thus closed to the public.
Under the rein of Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, France experienced a major wave of reforms in core domains including higher education. The college of la Sorbonne eventually rose from its ashes. When France became a republic, the name changed to University of Paris.
After the resignation of President Charles de Gaulle in 1969, the University of Paris split into thirteen different colleges.
Nowadays, La Sorbonne-Nouvelle has more than 200 partnerships with top universities all over the world. Students from Ewha will find a place full of history, where they can fulfil both of their academic and personal objectives. Following the example of Seoul, Paris remains a main cultural destination in Europe, offering its citizens a place where diversity rimes with humanity.
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