The capital of France is well known for the Eiffel Tower, La Seine and Edith Piaf – but it also started to gain recognition for a new wave of social start-ups. Paris offers meanwhile young, aspiring entrepreneurs an attractive platform to jump-start their businesses. Today the capital of France is widespread known as one of the European Meccas of Social Business Entrepreneurship.
The International University Campus Paris plays a central role in the policy for accepting international students in the Ile-de-France. The International University Campus in Paris is a private foundation, recognised as being in the public interest since 1925 and closely linked to the Paris universities, which own the buildings. The Campus was established after World War I by André Honnorat, rector at the Sorbonne, in cooperation with Émile Deutsch de la Meurthe (French philanthropist) in order to create a meeting place for students, researchers and intellectuals from all around the world in a spirit of peace, unity and friendly cooperation.
Since its inception, the founders of the International Campus have wanted to contribute to the creation of peace in the world by creating somewhere dedicated to exchanges between people from different nations. Nowadays these are still the core ideals of the Campus and many cultural events carry on the tradition of the founders’ ideals. These events are grouped under the title, “Campus for Peace”.
Each year 12,000 students, researchers and artists live in the 40 residences on the International Campus. The residences are organized mostly by nationality, although residents in each “maison” are not necessarily from the country implied by the naming of the building.
Several structures of the buildings have been designed by architects of note, such as Le Corbusier, Willem Marinus Dudok, Heydar Ghiai and Claude Parent. In France, it is considered as an open air museum of architecture.
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