The Most Beautiful Universities in the World invites us to discover more than 30 hallowed halls of higher learning, moving from the University of Bologna--the western world's first university, founded in 1088--to the Sorbonne in Paris, to Cambridge University in England, to Harvard University in the United States, while also featuring many other stunning and respected universities in between. After his acclaimed books that explored 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. List of universities to be featured: 1.University of Heidelberg (Germany) 2.University of Rostock (Germany) 3.McGill University Montreal (Canada) 4.College de Valleyfield (Canada) 5.Tsinghua University, Beijing (China) 6.University of Aarhus (Denmark) 7.University of Salamanca (Spain) 8.The University of California, Berkeley CA (USA) 9.Harvard University, Cambridge MA (USA) 10.Stanford University, Stanford CA (USA) 11.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge MA (USA) 12.Princeton University, Princeton NJ (USA) 13.University of Virginia, Charlottesville VA (USA) 14.The US Military Academy, West Point NY (USA) 15.Yale University, New Haven CT (USA) 16.University of Montpellier Sud de France (France) 17.Polytechnic School Paristech, Palaiseau (France) 18.Sorbonne, Paris (France) 19.Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) 20.Universite of Bologna (Italy) 21.Multidisciplinary Faculty of Taroudant (Morocco) 22.Autonomous National University of Mexico (Mexico) 23.University Jagelonne of Crakow (Poland) 24.University of Coimbra (Portugal) 25.Foundation for education, sciences and community development of Qatar (Qatar) 26.Cambridge University (United Kingdom) 27.Royal Holloway, University of London (United Kingdom) 28.State University Lomonossov of Moscow (Russia) 29.Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) 30.Uppsala University (Sweden) 31.Federal Polytechnic School of Zurich (Switzerland)
Guillaume de Laubier is a photographer who specialises in interior design, architecture and lifestyle. After having spent sixteen years as a contributor to Elle Decoration and to numerous publications including Vogue and Maison Francaise, 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 Hotel 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.