www.fotografik33.com
Le palais du Louvre est un ancien palais royal situé à Paris sur la rive droite de la Seine, entre le jardin des Tuileries et l'église Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois. S'étendant sur une surface bâtie de plus de 135 000 m², le palais du Louvre est le plus grand palais européen, et le second plus grand bâtiment du continent après le Palais du Parlement roumain. Il abrite aujourd'hui l'un des plus riches musées d'art du monde : le Musée du Louvre.
La construction du Louvre est indissociable de l'histoire de la ville de Paris. Elle s'étend sur plus de 800 ans, bien que le plan général du palais ait été imaginé dès la Renaissance. Charles V y établit sa résidence, donnant au palais un statut qu'il a conservé jusqu'au règne de Louis XIV.
Avec 8,9 millions de visiteurs annuels en 2011, c'est le site culturel le plus visité en France devant la tour Eiffel, la cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris étant en tête des monuments à l'accès libre avec 13,6 millions de visiteurs estimés.
De 1981 à 1999, le palais fait l'objet d'importants travaux de modernisation désignés sous le nom de Grand Louvre et entrant dans le cadre des « Grands Travaux » définis par le président de la République François Mitterrand. Ces aménagements consistant à rendre la totalité du palais à sa fonction de musée (jusqu'en 1989, une partie de celui-ci abritait également le ministère des Finances), sont caractérisés par la construction de la pyramide de verre (inaugurée le 30 mars 1989), située au milieu de la cour Napoléon, œuvre de l'architecte sino-américain Ieoh Ming Pei et qui mène à un grand hall d'accueil souterrain. Une copie en plomb de la Statue équestre de Louis XIV sous les traits de Marcus Curtius par Le Bernin et Girardon est alors ajoutée.

The Louvre Palace, on the Right Bank of the Seine in Paris, is a former royal palace situated between the Tuileries Gardens and the church of Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois. Its origins date back

University of Edinburgh pilots new programme for study abroad students to act as ambassadors

This year, the Go Abroad team at the University of Edinburgh’s International Office has launched a new programme called Students Abroad Representatives (STAR).

At the core of this programme are 45 students of the University of Edinburgh who are currently studying abroad for one or two semesters and who are going to function as ambassadors for the University.

This semester, there are 45 STAR ambassadors (STARs) operating in 17 countries. Applicants for the position are chosen according to their enthusiasm about the new role, their knowledge about and involvement in university life and the creativity they demonstrate with regards to the content of their ambassadorial role.

The aim of the programme is to create a platform for exchange students of the University of Edinburgh to represent their home university. Due to the personal presence of the STARs and the ties between the Go Abroad team and equivalent institutions, the student bodies at the partner institutions of the University of Edinburgh expect to be strengthened.

The purpose of having the personal presence of student ambassadors is to encourage students at partner institutions to consider the University of Edinburgh, and its summer school, as a destination for their own study or research abroad experiences.

The University hopes that STARs will provide honest and informal advice from a student perspective to prospective exchange students of the University of Edinburgh.

Students at the University of Edinburgh are encouraged to spend one or two semesters at one of its numerous partner institutions, either in Europe through the Erasmus programme, or overseas through the International Exchanges programme.

Each year, approximately 800 students use this opportunity, although Cait Cook from the International Office told The Student that they hope for an even greater interest in student exchanges.

Furthermore, Cook points out that the activity of the STARs goes beyond their exchange: “We’re hoping to expand the programme to include ‘STARs at Home’, where students who have returned from exchange can share their experience on campus, with both prospective students and students considering going on exchange themselves, on a one-to-one basis.”

The personal presence of the student ambassadors is a defining feature of the programme. Therefore, STARs are expected to organise and/or participate in different events, such as Go Abroad fairs or open days.

In order to share their knowledge and experiences and to encourage the various study exchange opportunities, the STARs are instructed to share their impressions in blog posts and via social media.

 

Image: Adrien Sifre

Related News

Leave a Reply

The Student Newspaper 2016