Sciences Po strengthens cooperation with Japan, signing two new dual degree agreements with the University of Keio and the University of Tokyo
With the establishment of two new and innovative educational programs, Sciences Po is consolidating its ties with Japan, established over twenty years ago through visiting professor programs, exchanges of around thirty students each year and privileged relationships with a dozen Japanese universities.
- The dual degree (B.A.) agreement with the University of Keio, historic partner of Sciences Po in Asia, has created a degree program with a major in economics.
To be officially launched on the 22 October in Tokyo in the presence of Mr. Atsushi Seike, President of the University, the double degree (B.A.) established with the University of Keio will see Sciences Po host a dozen students jointly recruited by the two institutions in September 2012.
The students will spend their first two years studying at the Europe-Asia campus in Le Havre, on of the seven campuses of Sciences Po’s undergraduate College. A true melting pot, with 29 nationalities represented among the student body and one in three students coming from the Asian continent, the Europe-Asia offers Sciences Po’s core curriculum (law, economics, history, political science, sociology), adding a Euro-Asian dimension. Students will then spend three semesters studying at the Department of Economic Sciences at Keio.
Students will graduate with a B.A. from Sciences Po and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Keio. This double B.A. is contiguous with the dual Master’s degree established with the University of Keio’s Faculty of Economics in 2008. Students will be able to specialise in economics in 4th and 5th years if they wish to, and will have the advantage of two internationally-recognised degrees. Such a qualification will also open up the Asian employment market to them.
The establishment of this dual degree program follows on from similar agreements signed with Columbia University in 2011 and University College London (UCL), and is Sciences Po’s first such arrangement with an Asian university.
- The dual degree (M.A.) with the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Public Policy (GRASPP) strengthen cooperation in the field of public policy between Europe and Asia.
On the 18 October, Sciences Po signed a dual degree agreement at Master level with the University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Public Policy (GRASPP). This program will allow young professionals to obtain Sciences Po’s Master of Public Affairs and the University of Tokyo’s Master of Public Policy.
At a time when international crises call for new models of governance, this dual degree will educate students about public policy from a comparative perspective and in a globalised environment.
Jointly recruited by the two institutions, the students will spend one year at Sciences Po’s Paris campus and one year at GRASPP. Classes will be taught in English. The program includes a professional capstone that can be undertaken either in Paris or in Tokyo.
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