The Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi will be hosting its Open Day 2014 on February 12, the annual event that is designed for and around the students, planned as a student-centred event aimed at empowering them on their journey through higher education under the banner of “Get Motivated — The road to success begins here.” The event is open to all the public, and will host a series of talks and workshops as well as student campus tours.
Angela Franklin, Head of Student Recruitment at Sorbonne Abu Dhabi, explained the mindset of the Open Day: “The idea is to provide an opportunity to introduce students to an array of activities that will enable them to participate in the Sorbonne experience, better understand the admissions process, and empower them to make the best decisions for the future. We get students from a diverse selection of both public and private schools, which is always exciting. We have also designed activities that will provide the students, counsellors, and parents with a better understanding of the French higher education system and provide them with the tools needed to encourage and support other learners in their educational journey.”
The programme is thorough and cyclical, ensuring everyone can pick up on all the information and still explore the campus and meet new people. The kick-off is a presentation by the Office of Admissions on “How to Apply” revolving throughout the day (9:30am, 11:00am, 12:30pm, and 2:00pm), the day ending with an information session on postgraduate programmes at 4:00pm. ADEC’s Scholarship Department will have representatives on campus to help students and parents understand the scholarships available to UAE Nationals.
The rest of the day is all about learning and engaging: a talk by Randa el Zein, Empowerment Coach and Founder of Be You International Education Consultancy entitled “Powered by Passion”, available every two hours starting at 10:00am, talks about making the best choices for you to create “an outstanding future and awesome life”; Dr. Rachid Ragala, Head of the Geography and Planning Department at Sorbonne Abu Dhabi, introduces us to the French Higher Education system in an Arabic presentation at 11:00am; faculty from the French Intensive Programme gives attendees a crash course on the French language every 90 minutes from 10:00am.
Throughout the day, the campus will be a student haven. Prof Eric Fouache, Vice Chancellor of Sorbonne Abu Dhabi, says he expects radical growth, soon: “Our focus this year is geared towards giving students and parents a more concrete understanding of the advantages and differences of the French educational system, a strategy that we are expecting will expose us to a wider array of students than those already within the francophone communities.”
The Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi (PSUAD) offers ten programmes at the undergraduate level and another ten at the postgraduate level, each comprised of a comprehensive approach to knowledge and cultural growth, as well as being focussed on the skills necessary for the chosen field of study. The French education system is renowned for its level of rigorous and critical thinking, sense of synthesis and debating skills and Sorbonne AD students are guaranteed rigorous intellectual and scientific education associated with the positive and enthusiastic vision in the contemporary world.
The programmes are offered by their respective supporting institutions in Paris, and as such provide Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi graduates with a French degree that is accredited and certified in the United Arab Emirates, recognised worldwide. Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi works in unique collaboration with Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), Paris- Descartes (Paris V) and the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC) to provide joint academic excellence in the region. Undergraduate programmes are all taught in French (except Physics, which is taught in English), while postgraduate programmes are all taught in English.
Prof Fouache added: “We will have over 700 students visiting the campus. With our current student population at almost 800, that means our campus will be brimming with energy and excitement. With the talks, workshops, and activities, and growing programme offering and increasing cultural exposure, we’re very excited and hopeful for the success of yet another Sorbonne Abu Dhabi Open Day.”