“When I started Sciences Po, I felt that a whole new world was open to me”

When he started Sciences Po in 2003, Miloud Boudjemai was one of the third cohort of students admitted through the Equal Opportunity programme. Sciences Po set up this pioneering programme in 2001 to facilitate the recruitment of high-potential students from disadvantaged areas in France.

As Sciences Po celebrates the 15th anniversary of this programme, Miloud reflects on his years at a university where “everything was possible, debatable, as long as you put some effort into it.”

You were one of the third cohort of students admitted to Sciences Po through the Equal Opportunity programme in 2003. What are the main things you remember from your early days at Sciences Po?

The feeling I had when I first started Sciences Po was that a whole new world was open to me. I realised that everything was possible, debatable, as long as you put some effort into it. From the first day at Sciences Po, I felt this international “je ne sais quoi” in the air. We might study the Brazilian constitution one day and discuss the Spanish parliamentary system the next.

In December 2016, Sciences Po celebrated 15 years of the Equal Opportunity programme. What message would you like to share with students who are going to apply to Sciences Po through this programme in 2017?

Sciences Po is guaranteed to broaden your vision and open up your prospects on a much larger scale. If you are looking for constant intellectual stimulation, Sciences Po is the right place to go. Throughout your studies, you will get the chance to interact with the brightest minds of the moment. The challenging Equal Opportunity programme is a unique chance to attend one of the world’s leading higher education institutions, where every encounter, discussion or debate becomes an opportunity.

After graduation, you began your career in banking in London, and went on to work in Saudi Arabia and now in the United Arab Emirates. What were your career goals when you arrived at Sciences Po?

During my studies at Sciences Po, I got the chance to intern at the French embassy in Jordan, but I was also able to intern within one of the world’s largest FMCG multinationals. All I knew was that I wanted to work in a challenging international environment. I gained significant international exposure while studying at Sciences Po through internships, my dual Master’s programme with Bocconi University and my third year abroad in Australia and Jordan. These experiences all led me to start my career abroad straight after graduation.
 
Related links

  • "I am a black woman from Haiti. I don't want any barriers to limit my career options". Rémicard Sérème, Haitian born and admitted to the Sciences Po Undergraduate College through the Equal Opportunity programme, is determined not to let anyone put her into a box or dictate her professional future. Read the interview with Rémicard.
  • Thinking of applying to the Sciences Po Undergraduate College?
    On Wednesday 25 January at 3pm (Paris time), undergraduate students and Sciences Po representatives will take part in an online question and answer session. Ask all your questions live! More information
Sciences Po aims to raise 100 million euros by 2022

Sciences Po aims to raise 100 million euros by 2022

Without sponsors, Sciences Po would not exist. Neither would the renowned Equal Opportunity Programme (CEP). For many years now, donors’  commitment of donors have made many projects come to life, particularly in terms of social innovation. Sciences Po has now launched its most ambitious fundraising campaign in its history, with a goal to raise 100 million euros by 2022, Sciences Po’s 150th anniversary. 

More
120 Mastercard Scholars to study at Sciences Po

120 Mastercard Scholars to study at Sciences Po

As of 2017, Sciences Po and the Mastercard Foundation provide full scholarships to students with great academic potential and limited financial resources. Over six years, this program will support 120 students from Sub-Saharan Africa admitted to its undergraduate, graduate and summer programs. This exceptional scholarship program aims to recruit talented students who aspire to shape the future of the African continent and help them develop their full potential.

More

"When I discovered the French startup ecosystem, I was hooked"

On 11 October, delegates from Station F spoke at Sciences Po to give students a glimpse of life inside the biggest start-up campus in the world – and the only one in Paris. Station F Director Roxanne Varza, an alumna of Sciences Po, discussed the richness of possibility for entrepreneurs starting out in one of the tech world’s most underrated capital cities, as well as Station F’s methods for reeling in the very best of them. We asked where her particular passion for the French entrepreneurial ecosystem came from and what role universities have to play in inspiring the founders of tomorrow's tech giants.

More
Our Regional Campuses Open Their Doors

Our Regional Campuses Open Their Doors

Are you a high school student hoping to apply to Sciences Po? Teaching, programmes, campus life: come and ask us all your questions at one of the Open House Days on our six regional campuses. A unique opportunity to meet the students, lecturers, and course leaders of the Sciences Po Undergraduate College.

More
Why Recruit from Sciences Po?

Why Recruit from Sciences Po?

As part of a programme of initiatives designed to introduce students to the wealth of professional pathways open to them upon graduation, Sciences Po organises each year a Careers Forum that brings together major employers and their potential future employees. What did the employers present at the Forum have in common? All share an interest in the open-mindedness, multi-disciplinarity, and breadth of knowledge that characterise the Sciences Po profile.

More
App Icons are the New Trademarks

App Icons are the New Trademarks

The explosion of the mobile app market has completely changed the way that consumers interact with logos and trademarks. Apps now rely on their icons to distinguish them from large numbers of brands offering similar and rival services. Zeeger Vink, Intellectual Property Lawyer and Lecturer in Communications, Media & Creative Industries at the School of Management and Innovation, gives ten recommendations to ensure the creation of a strong, distinctive, and protected app icon. Watch his tutorial.

More
On Board the Peace Boat

On Board the Peace Boat

This week is Oceans Week at Sciences Po and alongside a series of events on the topic, we spoke to Eve Isambourg, a third year undergraduate student and ocean activist. After two years of study at the Sciences Po Paris campus, Eve spent her third year abroad raising awareness of oceanic issues around the world. The last stop on her mission: a conference of the UN in New York.

More
Student and parent: combining the two

Student and parent: combining the two

Sciences Po is proud to be one of ten academic institutions selected by UN Women, the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women, to act as a “HeforShe Champion”. As part of the annual HeforShe Summit on 26 September 2018, Director Frédéric Mion will discuss actions taken by Sciences Po to advance gender equality, specifically work accomplished by the university on the question of parenthood. To mark the occasion, we are sharing the inspiring story of one of our female students: Camille Viros, recent graduate of the Class of 2018, and  mother of three children. How does she balance her student and family life? Read the interview on her experience at Sciences Po.

More