An original model

Sciences Po’s statutes are unique in France in that they combine principles of public and private law, giving the institution the freedom to develop an innovative educational model within the French public higher education system. The reform of January 2016 maintains this structure while making it more transparent.

Governance & budget

Governing bodies: who does what

Sciences Po has a dual governance model based on two bodies: the Fondation nationale des sciences politiques (FNSP), a private foundation, and the Institut d’études politiques de Paris (IEP), a public higher education institution.

 

The Fondation nationale des sciences politiques (FNSP) is responsible for the strategic direction and administrative and financial management of Sciences Po. It is administered by a board of directors.

The role of the Institut d’études politiques (IEP) involves teaching, research and library services, like all international research universities. Its governing bodies are:
•    the Institute’s Board of Directors, which administers the IEP
•    The Student Life and Education Committee, which has a decision-making role with regard to student life matters and advises on educational matters. It has jurisdiction in disciplinary matters.
•    The Academic Board is consulted on all matters regarding academic policy, research and doctoral training, academic evaluation procedures and links between teaching and research. It is also consulted on the institution’s recruitment policy for faculty and on common principles concerning faculty career development.

The Executive Committee is the institution’s operational steering committee. It brings together the directors of Sciences Po’s various divisions and offices under the authority of the president. The Executive Committee implements the strategic direction and makes operational decisions on running and managing the institution. See the list of members and the Sciences Po organisational chart.

Frédéric Mion, president of Sciences Po and chief executive of the FNSP, has led Sciences Po since 2013.

 

The role of the Fondation nationale des sciences politiques (FNSP) Board of Directors

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The FNSP Board of Directors has 25 members. 

To effectively play its strategic oversight role, the board’s composition is modelled on the boards of trustees of many foreign institutions, ensuring the requisite independent views are obtained with a majority of outside members.

Following the reform of the statutes in 2016, the board is now open to Sciences Po students, permanent faculty and teaching associates. Two government representatives also sit on the Board. 

Composition of the Board of Directors

The FNSP Board of Directors is made up of:

  • The vice president of the Conseil d’État
  • The chair of the Institute’s Board of Directors (IEP de Paris) and the chair of the board of directors of the Institute’s alumni association
  • A professor from Collège de France
  • Three FNSP staff representatives, including an elected management representative (non-faculty), an elected non-management representative and the secretary of the works council
  • Three faculty representatives under permanent contract with the FNSP, the IEP de Paris or the research units of which the IEP is a part
  • An elected teaching associate/adjunct representative from the IEP de Paris
  • Two elected student representatives from the IEP de Paris
  • A staff union representative and an employers’ union representative
  • Ten representatives from academia, public affairs, business or the non-profit sector, or major donors to the FNSP. 

The FNSP Board of Directors was renewed in March 2016. View the list of current members, minutes and statements of decisions (FR)

The Institute’s Board of Directors

The Institute’s Board of Directors has 32 members. As well as students and staff, it brings together representatives of the permanent faculty and academics from outside Sciences Po, reflecting the central role of academics in the life of the institution and its research ambitions. Sciences Po’s leading partners (Paris City Council, local authority representatives from the regional campuses, USPC university grouping, CNRS) are also represented.

22 elected members: 

  • Three full professors or equivalent and one lecturer or equivalent who teach or conduct research at the IEP de Paris or in one of the research units in which the Institute takes part;
  • Five teaching associate/adjunct representatives;
  • One doctoral student representative;
  • Eight other student representatives;
  • Four non-faculty staff representatives from the FNSP, IEP de Paris or the research units of which the IEP is a part;

Five ex officio members:

  • the chair of the Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques
  • the chair of the Academic Board
  • the President of the university grouping to which the IEP belongs, or his/her representative
  • the mayor of Paris or his/her representative from the Paris City Council
  • the president of the French National Center for Scientific Research, or his/her representative

Five outside members appointed by the other members of the Institute’s Board of Directors:

  • The president of a French or foreign higher education and/or research institution or his/her representative
  • The chairperson of the local or regional council where a regional campus is located or a member of that council, or his/her representative
  • Three members proposed by the president of the IEP de Paris, from academia, public affairs, business and/or the non-profit sector.

The elected members of the Institute’s Board of Directors were renewed in the March 2016 election. View the list of current members, the minutes and statements of decisions (FR).

Student Life and Education Committee

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The committee has 18 members:

  • Three full professors or equivalent who teach or conduct research at the IEP de Paris or in one of the research units in which the Institute takes part
  • One lecturer or equivalent who teaches or conducts research at the IEP de Paris or in one of the research units in which the Institute takes part
  • Four teaching associate/adjunct representatives
  • Eight student representatives
  • Two non-faculty staff representatives from the FNSP, IEP de Paris or the research units of which the IEP is a part.

The elected members of the Student Life & Education Committee (formerly the Joint Committee) were renewed in the March 2016 election. View the list of current members of the Student Life & Education Committee, the minutes and statements of decisions (FR).

Academic Board

In plenary sessions, the Academic Board has a maximum of thirty-nine members. 

It has twenty ex officio members:

  • the president of the IEP de Paris
  • the vice president for research
  • the vice president for studies and academic affairs
  • the dean of the Doctoral School
  • the directors of all ten research units
  • the president of OFCE and another representative appointed in accordance with OFCE procedures
  • the director of one of the cross-cutting research programmes (MaxPo or LIEPP)
  • the head of each academic department who is not also the director of a research unit

The Academic Board also has nineteen elected members, including a post-doctoral research assistant, three doctoral students and:

  • ten members of the college of professors
  • five members of the college of lecturers

The Academic Board subcommittee includes board members with the status of professor or equivalent and lecturer or equivalent. You can see the current list of members of the Academic Board and minutes here (FR).

Disciplinary sections

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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