Ecole Supérieure Robert de Sorbon® > De Sorbon History

Dear prospective student, Bonjour!

I am the Doyen (Dean) of the Ecole Supérieure Robert de Sorbon®. I am glad to give you some historical and factual information about our French registered private institution of higher education.

Our name comes from Robert de Sorbon, chaplain and confessor of Saint Louis, King of France.

Donation from King St. Louis to Robert de Sorbon Feb.1257

                    Sorbon TeachingThe first Sorbon Institution was created in the 11th century through  the corporatist organization of Paris masters and scholars. Originally installed in the île de la Cité, it was moved during the 12th century to what was to become the "Latin Quarter", where theology, law, medicine and arts were taught outside to young pupils from the 4 Nations (France, Picardy, Normandy and England), which endowed it from the start with international prestige.

The  collège de Sorbon, founded in 1257/58 for poor students, was located at the Montagne Sainte-Geneviève.

These colleges soon became the center of the Paris academic disciplines and the Sorbon college, a famous theology faculty, was to play a major role in the political and philosophical discussions of the time.

Rebuilt by the Cardinal de Richelieu in the 17th century, closed by the French Revolution in 1791 because of its religious links, turned into artists studios in 1801, the Sorbonne once again devoted itself to teaching in 1821. At the end of the 19th century, the French government rebuilt it again, making the "Nouvelle Sorbonne" a sanctuary of the intellect, a privileged center of knowledge.

In 1968, French Universities were reorganized and split into in independent entities. The Ecole supérieure Robert de Sobon® was founded in 2004.

Our Ecole Supérieure Robert de Sorbon® continues the religious affiliation of the original College de Sorbon and specializes in the Validation des Acquis de l'Expérience (VAE) procedure.

For your information, five French institutions of higher education carry the name "Sorbon or Sorbonne" as they did it historically before:

Paris I          Panthéon-Sorbonne (public)
Paris III        Sorbonne Nouvelle (public)
Paris IV        Paris Sorbonne (public)
Paris V         René Descartes (public)
ESRDS        Ecole Supérieure Robert de Sorbon (private)

Our Ecole Supérieure Robert de Sorbon® grants undergraduate and graduate degrees in many disciplines in Arts, Science, Business, Heath, Law, Humanities, Religion, etc... As of today, we were honored to have students from more than 154 countries from five continents.

In 2002  in France the VAE (Validation des Acquis de l'Expérience) was established (Art L-613-3 of the code of Education). It is a codified procedures that mandates French Universities to grant regular degrees on work/life experience.

In 2004, Our institution was the first one to offer the VAE (Validation des Acquis de l'Expérience) in French, English, Italian. 3 years later Spanish was added and in 2013 Russian students can do it in their own language. While it was "revolutionary" at that time Now most of the other French universities accept foreign languages.

In 2005, the Ecole Supérieure Robert de Sorbon® was the first to grant a Ph.D. through the VAE procedure. One year later the University of Strasbourg II did it and now it is totally admitted while being controversial at the time. Once again we were the pionneer of the VAE.

in 2010, de Sorbon is a participant of the United Nations PRME program.

in 2012, Our institution was accepted as an institutional member of the US CAEL (Council for Adult Educational Learning)

in 2013, French public entities of the FPA (Formation Professionnelle des Adultes) funded de Sorbon VAE  application and Jury fees  (600€ In total) .While this funding is reserved only to French Legal residents, it shows the quality and recognition of our VAE.
in 2013, French Authorities granted the ® Registered Trade Mark "Marque de Service" to our institution.

in 2014 ICANN granted us the domain and we celabrate 10 Years of International VAE

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Au revoir et à bientôt !

PS: De Sorbon® is now mentioned in the prestigious Larousse Dictionary!

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