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  • Adan Corral in the Sciences Po garden in Paris ©Sciences PoAdan Corral in the Sciences Po garden in Paris ©Sciences Po

As Adán Corral finishes the second semester of his Master’s in International Public Management at the Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs, he is coming close to completing an essential part of his studies.
The 27-year-old, born in Morelia, Mexico, has had a remarkably dynamic education: he has studied in both Mexico and China, and did internships in Iceland, Italy and Belgium. None of these international experiences would have been possible without financial support.

Yet ever since he finished high school, Adán has been able to finance his studies with government-sponsored scholarships. He was awarded the Mexican CONACYT grant for academic excellence, and has always worked hard to maintain this top performance.
When the time came to apply for a Master's degree, Sciences Po was the only university abroad that gave him the chance of an affordable lifestyle.

Choosing a Master’s programme abroad

In 2015, Adán graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Puebla University. He started working but soon realised he would need a Master's degree to further his career in multilateral organisations.
“Once I began looking for universities, Sciences Po quickly appeared to be the best option”. Sciences Po was the only university offering a scholarship that would cover all his tuition fees: the Emile Boutmy Scholarship. It’s a very selective scholarship based on academic results, which meant that Adán had to get top marks. But he had got used to the kind of hard work required when applying for the CONACYT grant back in Mexico.

Settling in Paris

The Emile Boutmy Scholarship, coupled with the CONACYT grant (which the Mexican government kept paying him for his studies abroad), let Adán settle in Paris without having to worry about his living costs.
One of the most intimidating parts of moving abroad is finding a place to stay. However, Adán had no problem. “A few months before leaving Mexico, I sent an email to Sciences Po's Housing Service. They quickly offered me a place at the Cité Universitaire”.
Adán lives in Portugal House, a place that suits his needs perfectly. “The Cité Universitaire has a lot of events going on, though I mostly go to the concerts,” he said. “Also, the cafeteria is convenient; it's cheap and I don't have to worry about cooking anymore.”

A new life in France and plans for the future

Adán's life in Paris is one of hard work. Having to keep getting good grades for his scholarship isn't always easy. However, he is glad of the opportunity to meet teachers that already work in international organisations, and Adán has learned a lot from their experiences.
When he has spare time, he tries to attend some of Sciences Po's events. “Sciences Po has organised some great guest lectures by people with impressive careers. In fact, there are so many events that it’s hard to choose what to go to!”
Now that his first year is coming to an end, Adán is looking forward to the future. Being in France is a huge chance for him, as he can apply to multilateral organisations such as UNESCO and the OECD. In fact, he is about to begin his applications for the summer. “I want to work for most of the holidays and then go back to Mexico for a couple weeks,” he explained. “Paris is lovely, but a little rest at home will be very welcome!”
When he graduates, Adán plans to make the most of his degree by applying to the UNDP in Mexico or to the Young Professionals Programme in Geneva.

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Training students to be media-savvy

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Structuring one’s ideas to be read by a lay audience, using social networks to build a community focused on one’s area of expertise, writing a column or being interviewed on camera or the radio are all situations that Sciences Po graduates are likely to face in their professional lives, whatever career they go into.

To prepare students for this type of exercise, the School of Journalism is setting up a “Media and Narrative Centre” which will be open to all Master’s students who want to understand different types of media and how they work.

A new Media & Writing concentration

The School of Journalism’s Media & Narrative Centre, in association with the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA), is going to offer a new Media & Writing concentration starting next academic year.
This degree course will accept about sixty students from PSIA aiming for careers in fields ranging from international security, international public management, development and international economic policy to humanitarian action, the environment or energy.
“No international professional can avoid being intensely exposed very early on to the principles and codes of the media, or the need to know how to write about and narrate the world so as to shape it more effectively”, said Vanessa Scherrer, vice dean of PSIA.

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A new dual master's degree with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore

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Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) at the National University of Singapore and Sciences Po School of Public Affairs are launching a two-year double degree programme between their respective Master in Public Policy and Master in European Affairs.

Students will begin the dual programme at Sciences Po School of Public Affairs in Paris, continuing at LKYSPP in Singapore in their second year.
Studying at leading universities in both Paris and Singapore, students will gain an in-depth understanding of public policy issues from European and Asian perspectives. Admitting students from different cultures into both schools also contributes to a greater exchange of insights and ideas among the student cohort.

Learning beyond the textbook

During the first year at Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, student learning will go beyond the fundamental modules on public policy. Students will gain industry exposure through policy labs where they will collaborate with clients to co-develop and test practical solutions aimed at solving policy challenges. At LKYSPP, they will define real-world policy issues and develop recommendations as part of the school’s Policy Analysis Exercise.
The first cohort of students in the dual degree programme will start classes in Paris in September 2018.
More information on the dual degree with Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore

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"Staff ride" in Normandy: learning from the past

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For the first time, 40 students from the Master in International Security at the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) took part in a “Normandy Student Staff Ride" as part of a class offered within the PSIA Master’s program.

A “staff ride”: learning from the past

The Normandy Student Staff Ride draws upon the instructional "staff ride" method originally developed by the German Army in the 19th century and today used by most Western militaries in training their senior leaders. The course instructs students in the fundamental aspects of international relations at times of crisis and war, and in the difficulties and realities of war as experienced at the level of senior leaders and their staff as well as by the soldiers, sailors, and airmen operating in the battle space. It also enables students to better comprehend the strategic planning of a military operation and its confrontation with reality.

An educationally innovative format

This innovative course blending theory and practice is led by General Vincent Desportes: retired three-star general, former military attaché at the French Embassy in the USA and Scientific Director of the Master in International Security at PSIA; and by Colonel Peter Herrly: retired U.S. Army colonel, expert in strategic leadership and organizational transformation, and a long-standing lecturer at Sciences Po and PSIA.

After a theoretical study of the formulation of strategy during World War II and a detailed exposition of the operational design of the Normandy Campaign of June 1944 (three two-hour sessions in the classroom with a group of advanced students in International Security at PSIA), the student group travelled to the principal sites of the Normandy landings where they encountered in situ the complexities and difficulties of the operations and how they were experienced by the participants.

Particular emphasis was placed on the challenges this warfare presented on a political level, the coordination of action between the various national authorities, and the unavoidable friction between the plans as conceived and their application. In terms of strategy, the Normandy Campaign is a pertinent case to study as it was one of the few "joint" battles that took place in WWII, combining naval, air and land operations.

On the ground, students delivered short group presentations which they had prepared in advance, detailing specific aspects of the Normandy Campaign such as logistics, resilience during the war, and the role played by aircraft. Peter Herrly provided students with a battle book he had compiled to aid their understanding of events, and which included the Supreme Allied Commander's original communiqué to his force, staff planning maps and analytical documents.

After returning from Normandy, a final classroom session enabled students to assimilate the lessons and insights gained on the ground during their encounter with the realities of war. As part of their assignments, students will also write their own analyses of the implementation of the strategy in the context of World War II.

This course is part of PSIA’s extensive offer in educationally innovative courses, including “Mapping Controversies”, “Simulation of Negotiations: Ukraine-Russia-European Union Relations”, “Simulation Workshop: the Iranian Case”, and "Planification et conduite d'une opération militaire: exercice Coalition", taught in collaboration with the Ecole de Guerre (the War College) in Paris and other institutions. More than 60% of courses at the Paris School of International Affairs use innovative formats and contents, offering students a different learning experience that reinforces the practical aspects of learning, providing greater insight into the professional world.

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Meet Indian scholarship students at Sciences Po

  • Romasha Sanyal, an Indian scholarship student ©Sciences PoRomasha Sanyal, an Indian scholarship student ©Sciences Po

Romasha comes from Calcutta, Alleiah from Ahmedabad and Akhil from Hindupur.
All three are outstanding students who could not have come to study in France or at Sciences Po without the various types of financial aid they receive. In this video, they talk about their life in France and their plans for the future. 

In the last five years, the number of Indian students has tripled at Sciences Po. For most of them, financial support is a deciding factor in coming to study abroad. They can of course benefit from Sciences Po’s financial aid policy for international students, but some of the schemes are also especially designed for Indian students.

Scholarships for all international students

  • The Emile Boutmy scholarship is Sciences Po’s scholarship for top international students from outside of the European Union. The deadline to apply is Tuesday 2 May 2017!
  • The Eiffel scholarship is run by the French ministry of foreign affairs to attract top foreign students to French universities. 40 percent of the Sciences Po recipients of this prestigious scholarship are Indian.
  • The Erasmus Plus scholarship is reserved for exchange students and is run by the European Union.

Special schemes for Indian students

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