Cambridge and Sciences Po strengthen ties

The two universities consolidate their partnership at a time when collaboration across the channel is more crucial than ever.

On 24 November, Frédéric Mion, President of Sciences Po, and Eilís Ferran, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Institutional and International Relations of the University of Cambridge, signed an agreement to strengthen the universities’ long-standing partnership. 

The cooperation framework aims to develop research links in disciplines such as politics, history and public policy, with a strong expectation that the collaboration will develop to include other areas of mutual interest. The signing ceremony held at Sciences Po in Paris on Friday marked the beginning of the initial three-year term of the agreement.

"Collaboration between academic institutions is more crucial than ever before"

Both parties have committed to providing matched funds to finance academic workshops and symposia, travel grants, short-term research visits and visiting professorships at both Sciences Po and Cambridge. Other bilateral activities specified in the agreement include encouraging student mobility and establishing teaching fellowships for Cambridge PhD students at Sciences Po campuses in Reims, Menton and Le Havre, where lectures are given in English.

“This Memorandum of Agreement builds on strong existing relationships between our two world-leading universities,” said Professor Ferran after the signing. “It offers us a formal mechanism to strengthen our partnership at a time when collaboration between academic institutions is more crucial than ever before.”

One of the first joint actions to arise from this new agreement between Cambridge and Sciences Po is a public conference on “The Future of Europe” to be held in Paris in 2018, led by European studies specialists from both institutions.

Related links

Lifting the barriers to female entrepreneurship

Lifting the barriers to female entrepreneurship

Whether setting up a new business, negotiating a pay rise or taking on more responsibility in the workplace, women can be supported in reaching leadership positions. As of 2018, Sciences Po's Women in Business Chair aims to improve understanding of the obstacles women face and spearhead action to remove them. Interview with Anne Boring, researcher in charge of the Chair. Anne’s work focuses on the analysis of gender inequalities in the professional world.

More
Meet Sciences Po's 2018 undergraduates

Meet Sciences Po's 2018 undergraduates

It’s the start of the academic year at Sciences Po, which means welcoming another cohort from across the globe to each of the seven undergraduate campuses. What do our students think of their new university? Why did they choose Sciences Po and what do they hope to achieve before the end of their studies? Hear their responses.

More
The Spy Who Studied at Sciences Po

The Spy Who Studied at Sciences Po

After graduating at the top of her class in July 1940, Jeannie de Clarens, née Rousseau, set out on an extraordinary career in the world of interpretation and espionage. At 23 years old, she was to hand Allied Forces one of the Second World War’s most precious pieces of intelligence. In memory of de Clarens, a true heroine of the French Resistance, Sciences Po now pays homage by giving her name to a lecture hall.

More
Lecture halls renamed after two legends

Lecture halls renamed after two legends

Students will now have class in the Simone Veil or Jeannie de Clarens lecture halls, the first at Sciences Po to be named after women. In honor of two extraordinary graduates, this decision to rename lecture halls after two female alumni with extraordinary stories is a symbolic gesture amongst other actions taken in favor of gender equality.

More
Sharyl Attkisson at the School of Journalism

Sharyl Attkisson at the School of Journalism

For the start of this academic year, the School of Journalism’s guest of honour was award-winning investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson. Formerly an anchor for CNN and CBS News and now host of Full Measure, a US investigative news series, Attkisson has won multiple Emmy Awards and published two best-selling works of non-fiction, The Smear and Stonewalled. In her keynote speech to students, she discussed the state of journalism in a context of “fake news” and addressed the challenges facing anyone wishing to enter the “dynamic, troubled but important and exciting profession of journalism”.

More