The Most Beautiful Universities in the World invites readers to discover more than 20 hallowed halls of higher learning, from the University of Bologna; the Western world's first university, founded in 1088, to the Sorbonne in France to Cambridge University in England to Yale University in the United States and many other architecturally significant universities in between. Following his acclaimed books on the world's most beautiful libraries and opera houses, photographer Guillaume de Laubier now turns his lens toward a new aspect of world heritage. Sumptuous photographs showcase amphitheaters, libraries, reception halls and hidden gardens, while the text describes the history of each campus, its architecture, research disciplines and reference collections. Universities Featured: University of Bologna, Italy (1088) University of Salamanca, Spain (1218) University of Oxford, England (1250) Sorbonne, Paris, France (1253) University of Cambridge, England (1284) University of Coimbra, Portugal (1290) Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland (1363) Heidelberg University, Germany (1386) Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich, Germany (1472) Uppsala University, Sweden (1477) Trinity Collage Dublin, Ireland (1592) Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, United States (1701) University of Wroclaw, Poland (1702) Princeton Univeristy, New Jersey, United States (1746) National School of Fine Arts, Paris France (1816) University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, Unitest States (1819) McGill University, Montreal, Canada (1821) American University of Beirut, Lebanon (1866) Stanford University, California, United States (1885) Royal Holloway, University of London, England (1886) University of Chicago, Illinois, United States (1890) Qatar University at Doha, Qatar (1973) Rolex Learning Center, Lausanne, Switserland (2010)
Guillaume de Laubier is a photographer who specialises in interior design, architecture and lifestyle. After having spent sixteen years as a contributor to Elle Décoration and to numerous publications including Vogue and Maison Française, his work is now produced primarily in printed book format. He has published several books including The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World, Dressing the Home and The Most Beautiful Opera Houses in the World. He is cofounder of the hotel-services marketing and publicity agency Hôtel en Vue. Jean Serroy is a specialist of French literature and theatre of the seventeenth century and a university teacher. He is also a cinema critic. He has published many titles including Between Two Centuries: Contemporary Cinema and The Globalized Screen.