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University of Paris
Université de Paris
Latin: Universitas magistrorum et scholarium Parisiensis
MottoHic et ubique terrarum (Latin)
Motto in EnglishHere and anywhere on Earth
ActiveCirca 1150 – 1793, 1896–1970 (1970)
TypeCorporative from c. 1150 to 1793 and public from 1896 to 1970
LocationParis, France

The University of Paris (French: Université de Paris) was a famous university in Paris, France. It was one of the first universities to be established in Europe. It was founded in the middle of the 12th century.[1] The university is often referred to as the Sorbonne or la Sorbonne, after the creation of the college (Collège de Sorbonne) founded around 1257 by Robert de Sorbon.

In 1971, the university was split into thirteen independent universities.


  1. Charles Homer Haskins: The Rise of Universities, page 292. Henry Holt and Company, 1923.

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