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"The Middle East is a region that Americans tend to misjudge"

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  • Rosalyn Jeffries, student in the Sciences Po-UC Berkeley programme ©Sciences PoRosalyn Jeffries, student in the Sciences Po-UC Berkeley programme ©Sciences Po

Rosalyn Jeffries, 19, was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. After graduating from San Mateo High School in the United States, she joined the first cohort of the Sciences Po-UC Berkeley dual BA programme in 2016.

Rosalyn has just started the academic year on the Sciences Po campus in Menton, where she is specialising in Middle-Eastern studies. She will spend years 3 and 4 at UC Berkeley where she intends to major in Global Studies. In the video, Rosalyn shares her first impressions of the programme, her classmates and life by the Mediterranean.

About the dual Bachelor’s degree with UC Berkeley

Two years in France, two years in California

Students in the dual degree programme spend their first two years at one of three Sciences Po campuses in France (Menton, Reims or Le Havre), each of which focuses on a different world region. All instruction is offered in English. The last two years of the programme are spent on the UC Berkeley campus.

Students graduate from both universities

After successfully completing the programme, students receive a Sciences Po Bachelor’s degree in the Social Sciences and Humanities and a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from UC Berkeley’s College of Letters and Science.

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What Bachelor's graduates take away from their studies at Sciences Po

Hear from students at the graduation ceremony
  • Graduation ceremony at Sciences Po in Paris ©Sciences PoGraduation ceremony at Sciences Po in Paris ©Sciences Po

On 6 September, students celebrated their graduation from the Sciences Po Undergraduate College. They all spent two years at one of the seven Sciences Po campuses in France, and one year abroad studying at a partner university. Those enrolled in a dual Bachelor’s degree programme spent two years in France then two years at the partner university abroad.

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts degree at Sciences Po, most graduates choose to pursue a Master’s programme at one of Sciences Po’s seven graduate schools in Paris or at any of the world’s most competitive universities. Others decide to get some professional experience in France or abroad.

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Two years in France, Two years in Japan and friends for life

Sciences Po-Keio graduate Marius Harnischfeger
  • Sciences Po-Keio graduate Marius Harnischfeger ©Sciences PoSciences Po-Keio graduate Marius Harnischfeger ©Sciences Po

Marius Harnischfeger graduated with a dual Bachelor’s degree from Sciences Po and Keio University in 2016. On his way to visit former classmates in Paris, he shared his best memories from his time in France and in Japan.

Coming from a German family and having lived in the United States for a number of years, why did you decide to do the Keio-Sciences Po dual BA programme?

I grew up as a German in the USA, where I began studying French and Japanese. Because I wanted to learn about the complexities of the Japanese language and culture, I had decided to spend a high-school year abroad living with a host family in Japan. Building on that, the Keio-Sciences Po programme offered the opportunity to strengthen my language skills in Japanese and French, both inside and outside of the classroom. I applied what I learned in the language classes by engaging myself in the student government, along with other extracurricular activities. 

Potential employers, acquaintances and friends alike mostly react with curiosity and interest in response to the dual BA programme—a testament to both the uniqueness of this degree programme and the reputation of both institutions.

What did you find particularly rewarding about this experience?

Participating in the organisation of the Collégiades in 2014 was a true highlight!
The Collégiades is an athletic and artistic competition involving 1,000 students of 150 nationalities from all seven Sciences Po campuses. In 2014, we, the Sciences Po Campus in Le Havre, hosted this competition for the first time. I worked with a team of four students to develop and implement a financial strategy for this event. It was an unbelievable feeling when I saw all the participants in the 25,000-seat football stadium, which served as accommodation, performing arts infrastructure, and a sports field.
At Keio, I particularly appreciated the relationship I was able to form with my fellow research seminar students and professor. Outside of academics, I was touched by how the students in my volleyball circle accepted me as one of their own; I was the tallest, but the worst player on the team!

How would you describe the dual-BA community? Are you still in touch with former classmates?

After spending two years together at Sciences Po, the small group of dual-BA students goes on to study at Keio University. Even though we did not all know each other well at Sciences Po, we became incredibly close studying at Keio University and exploring the global metropolis of Tokyo together.
As I am writing this, I am on my way to visit dual-BA friends in Paris, a visit I have made regularly in the past years.

After receiving your degrees from Sciences Po and Keio University in 2016, you joined a Master’s programme at the University of Cambridge. Could you tell us some more about your studies in the U.K. and what your plans are following Cambridge?

At Cambridge, I expanded upon the economics foundation I had built at Sciences Po and Keio by studying finance, environmental economics, and econometrics. I accompanied this with further empirical research on global infrastructure finance, which I had researched for my Bachelor’s dissertation at Keio University.
I would like to work in a field where I can support sustainable economic development, while working in an environment that enables a steep learning curve. I intend to spend the coming years working in finance and management consulting. In the long term, I could see myself working for an organisation, such as the World Bank Group, that is guided by market economy principles along with specific economic, environmental and social goals.

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"I hope one day we will see the positive outcome of the 2011 Egyptian revolution"

Meet first-year student Malak Gadalla
  • Malak Gadalla ©Clb/Sciences PoMalak Gadalla ©Clb/Sciences Po

Malak Gadalla, who comes from Egypt, will matriculate to the Sciences Po Campus of Menton in the fall, where she will pursue the Europe-Middle East programme. The second in our 2017 #FirstYearsScPo series. Read the interview below.

Why did you choose the Sciences Po Campus of Menton?

I'm very interested in the social sciences, especially history and economics, and I find Sciences Po an excellent opportunity for me to study in depth the social sciences while developing my analytical skills and my critical thinking. Why Menton? I'm Egyptian and I've always lived in the Middle East. I was 12 years old when the Arab Spring broke out in 2011. Since that time, there have been dramatic changes in the region, whether in Syria, in Iraq or in Libya... Even in Egypt, the lives of many people have changed. Increasingly, many of them live in difficult situations. Due to the current economic downturn, some people denounce these revolutions, but I still hope that one day we will see the positive outcome of the January 2011 revolution. I think that Sciences Po will help me invest in the region, especially when it comes to fighting poverty, protecting the minorities, and defending women’s rights in the Middle East.

How would you like to involve yourself in the campus’ culture?

The student life on campus is very dynamic and rich. I’m quite interested in Amnesty International, which focuses on human rights with many supporters and members around the world. In addition to that, there’s a new association on campus: a cooking club. I’d be happy to be a member of this association to let people discover Egyptian cuisine, which is very special. Moreover, it will be a good opportunity to explore other countries’ food. I would also like to be part of the Bureau des Arts: I’m very fascinated by Arabic calligraphy and crochet and I hope we can start a workshop for these two activities.

What are you looking forward to the most?

I’m really looking forward to discovering a new discipline, law, in particular international law. I would also like to study a new language, Persian, that I chose as my main language because I think that nowadays Iran is playing a huge role in the region, especially when it comes to its crumbling relations with Saudi Arabia. That’s why I think it’s necessary to understand these tensions from different point of views.

What do you aspire to do later on?

I’d like to have a Master’s degree in public international law to start a career in diplomacy or with international organizations such as the UN. I would like to be involved in protecting women’s rights and protecting ethnic and religious minorities in the Middle East in order to promote human dignity and freedom, values I strongly believe in.

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The Pulitzer prizes in an era of change

Opening lecture at the School of Journalism
  • Mike Pride ©Sciences PoMike Pride ©Sciences Po

On 1 September 2017, Mike Pride, former administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, gave the opening lecture at the Sciences Po School of Journalism. 

American columnist Mike Pride, 70, got to see many changes in the media world over the course of his career. After running the newsroom of New Hampshire daily The Concord Monitor for 30 years, he became involved in the Pulitzer Prizes. He served on four juries and was a member of the board for nearly a decade before being appointed administrator of the prizes in 2014. Although Pride retired last July, his passion for journalism seems by no means diminished. Below are a few of the key points from his address.

Between tradition and technology

In view of the big changes that began a decade ago, Mike Pride argued that journalism is in the throes of a revolution and that the golden age of newspaper is coming swiftly to an end. The internet may have partly compensated for the decline of print media but websites are still not profitable enough. The existential crisis of the media industry is not over, according to Pride, for a simple reason: news organisations have yet to answer the question of how to get consumers to pay what news is worth.
“Pairing the tried and true values of the past with the new technologies of the present and future” could be part of the equation. Such a mix represents an opportunity but also a challenge for twenty-first-century journalists.
On one hand, said Pride, reporters must maintain a form of journalism of the highest quality. This means preserving good writing, which “is the best way to communicate facts and nuances on what happened”.
On the other hand, journalists must find new ways of storytelling and experiment online. Pride noted that modern tools have introduced new ways of assembling facts and exploring controversy. For instance, feature stories can now include all the aspects of a modern presentation: video, audio, text and pictures but also podcast, social media, blog, data visualisation and graphics.

The end of competition

Nowadays, Pride pointed out, TV and radio channels use text and data for their stories while newspapers make use of broadcasting tools on their websites. Similarly, magazines publish some new editions daily on their websites and not only monthly as many used to do. Like newspapers, their digital content includes cultural reviews, political commentary, stories about events and cartoons.  Pride described this phenomenon as a process of “convergence”. He defined the concept as  “the growing similarities among journalism outlets that were once distinguished by different publishing platforms, different schedules and distinct media identities”.
One of the main features of this new homogeneity is collaboration within the media industry. “There is no pure competition anymore. Each year, partnerships become vaster and more complex”, Pride explained. As an example, Pride cited the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists who worked on the Panama papers and was awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting. 300 reporters from six continents took part in the project.
However, Pride warned that despite the globalisation of news organisations and the rapidly changing media landscape, journalists must not forget the basics. The aim of journalism remains the same: “to find documents and tell the stories that allow members of the public to be informed and engaged citizens of a free republic”.

About the Pulitzer Prize

The Pulitzer Prizes are the most famous and prestigious awards for journalism in the USA. They were established by Joseph Pulitzer, a Hungarian-American journalist who wanted “to attract young people of character and ability to acquire the highest moral and intellectual training”.  Each year, the jury honours the work of journalists in fourteen different categories, including investigative reporting, feature writing, opinion writing, editorial cartooning and news photography. Letters, drama and music are also rewarded in seven sections.

By Tanguy Garrel-Jaffrelot, Master of Journalism & International Affairs student at Sciences Po

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