An original model

Sciences Po's legal structure, combining rules stemming from private and public law, is unique in France. Its articles of association have given the establishment the freedom to develop an original and innovative educational model that operates at the very heart of French higher education.

Governance & budget

Sciences Po comprises two legal entities:

Sciences Po's lobby from above
Sciences Po today welcomes 13,000 students
  • The Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (FNSP)
    The FNSP is responsible for administrative and financial management of the establishment. It is led by a Board of Directors.

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The ongoing reform of Sciences Po's articles of association, which began in 2013, will make it possible to modernise this system of governance. The goal is to create a clearer model, more in line with the institution's new breadth and international profile, with a leaner Board of Directors focused on strategic orientations and an IEP dedicated to education and research activities.  

  • The Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris (IEP), a grand établissement within the meaning of the French Code of Education.
    The IEP plays an academic and educational role. It is governed by a Board chaired by Renaud Dehousse, Professor at Sciences Po, in coordination with the Scientific Council, the Student Life Committee and the Joint Committee.

The Executive Committee is the establishment's operational leadership body.

Since 2013, Sciences Po has operated under the leadership of Frédéric Mion, President of Sciences Po, member of the Board of the FNSP and member of the French Council of State.

Board of Directors of the Fondation nationale des sciences politiques

The Board of Directors of the Fondation nationale des sciences politiques (FNSP) has authority over finance, human resources and property management. It also sets out scientific and documentary strategies. It is made up of faculty, student and staff representatives, as well as external social and economic figures. 

Board of the Institut d’études politiques de Paris

The Board of the IEP de Paris sets out the establishment's overall policies. It shapes curriculum structure, decides on admission requirements and recruitment of lecturers, and establishes the institution's rules of procedure. It is made up of faculty, student and staff representatives, as well as external social and economic figures.

Executive Committee

Under the leadership of the President, the Executive Committee (COMEX) brings together the heads of Sciences Po's various departments. It implements strategic orientations and decides on issues concerning the institution's operations and management.

Joint Committee of the Institut d’études politiques de Paris

Members of the Board of Directors
Members of the Board of Directors

The Joint Committee establishes the framework for the exercise of political freedom and union activity. It also makes management decisions concerning student welfare services. Finally, the committee has an advisory role regarding educational policies and the life of the establishment. It is made up of eight faculty representatives and eight student representatives.

Student Life Committee of the Institut d’études politiques de Paris

The Student Life Committee of the IEP de Paris brings together the Faculty and Student Chairs of the Joint Committee, as well as two elected members representing the faculty and student body. It rules on:

  • requests for subsidies in amounts exceeding €600;

  • authorisation requests for events lasting more than four hours.

Scientific Council of the Institut d’études politiques de Paris

The Scientific Council of the IEP de Paris has an advisory role for all issues concerning linking education and research.

Resources

Sciences Po's resources have grown threefold over the past 15 years, from €55 million in 2000 to €105 million in 2008 and €167 million in 2015. In 2016, its resources are expected to attain €172 million.

The French government’s support for the institution, in the form of structural public subsidies, has never waned. The amount of these grants has virtually doubled: from €36 million in 2000 to €53.8 million in 2008 and €68.7 million in 2015. At the same time, growth in the institution's own resources has led to a gradual decline in the relative share of public funds in Sciences Po's overall budget. This figure has decreased by more than one-third, from 66% in 2000 to 51% in 2008 and approximately 41% in 2015.

Indeed, Sciences Po's own resources have grown significantly, increasing fivefold: from €18.3 million in 2000, they amounted to €48.8 million in 2008 and reached €95.2 million in 2015. These resources now account for a majority of the budget: 34% in 2000, 46% in 2008 and 57% in 2015, i.e. an increase of more than two-thirds.


Expenses

Sciences Po's expenses came to €54.7 million in 2000 and €105.7 million in 2008. Today, expenses are in a phase of controlled growth, amounting to €164 million in 2015. They are expected to reach €170 million in 2016.

Control extends to personnel and operating expenditures. Education-related expenses increase in proportion to the growth in continuing education activities and the number of students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programmes.

The institution also has a longstanding commitment to providing financial aid, with an annual increase of 14% for this budget item since 2000. Sciences Po demonstrated added focus on this policy in 2014, increasing support by €1.7 million compared to 2013, for an overall financial aid budget up 20% to €10.2 million.

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Portrait of Frédéric mion

Frédéric Mion, President of Sciences Po

Frédéric Mion, 46, became President of Sciences Po and administrator of the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques in April 2013. Mion is a maître des requêtes (master of petitions) in the French Council of State. He was educated at Sciences Po, the École nationale d’administration and the École normale supérieure. 
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