Meet the youngest president of a charitable organisation in Europe

Meet the youngest president of a charitable organisation in Europe

When Léa Moukanas found she had been admitted to the London School of Economics and to Sciences Po, she chose to remain in France so she could continue her non-profit work here. We talked to Léa, the youngest president of a charitable organisation in Europe, about her commitment. This interview is the fourth in our 2017 #FirstYearsScPo series.

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Alumna Rula Ghani, Afghanistan's First Lady

Alumna Rula Ghani, Afghanistan's First Lady

Imagine being a well-behaved young foreign woman far from her family in Paris in May '68. Imagine being any young woman at Sciences Po in the late 1960s, where the 25 percent of female students had to struggle to achieve more than the graduate destination expected of them: marriage. That was Rula Ghani 47 years ago. Today, she is the first First Lady of Afghanistan to have a public profile; an example and source of hope for Afghan women. “I learned to adapt”, she modestly comments. We looked back on the student years of this exceptional alumna, who gave a guest lecture at Sciences Po on Friday, October 13.

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From judo throws to Sciences Po

From judo throws to Sciences Po

High-performance sport and Sciences Po: does that sound like an impossible mix? Not for Lola Benarroche, Master of Marketing student and judo gold medallist at the 2017 Universiades. Admitted to Sciences Po through the programme for high-level athletes, Lola puts the same energy into preparing for her career transition into marketing at the School of Management and Innovation as she does into judo championships. Find out what drives this 26-year-old judoka to spend her afternoons in lectures after strenuous mornings on the tatami mats.

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“When I arrived at Sciences Po, i was left-wing”

“When I arrived at Sciences Po, i was left-wing”

“I was eighteen years old, I was just starting at Sciences Po and I was left-wing because, given what I was and what I was reading, I didn’t see how I could have been otherwise*.” The year is 1989. Édouard Philippe had “only just” passed the Sciences Po entrance exam after a year of literary classe préparatoire. It was the start of three “dream years” for him on the university’s Paris campus.

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Balancing Sports and Academics

Balancing Sports and Academics

Lukas Drammeh was born in Hamburg, Germany, and has lived in multiple countries in West Africa. He attended the Sciences Po Campus of Reims, where he pursued the Europe-Africa programme. Former president of the BDE (Bureau des Élèves) and captain of the Europe-Africa basketball team, Lukas is about to embark on his third year abroad, during which he will matriculate to UNC Chapel Hill in the United States. 

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Counter-terrorism consultant & adventurer

Counter-terrorism consultant & adventurer

Following an agreement between Sciences Po and the Inlaks Foundation in October 2015, a recipient of the prestigious Indian scholarship will attend Sciences Po this fall for the first time. Neha Vijay Nair, Senior Security Consultant at Kawach Media & Databases, will pursue a Master in Advanced Global Studies & International Security. Find out more about her story below.

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“Work doesn't have to feel like work”

“Work doesn't have to feel like work”

Originally from Vancouver, Zak Vescera is pursuing the dual degree between the University of British Columbia (UBC) and Sciences Po. He has completed two years at the Reims campus, where he studied European and American relations, and will matriculate to UBC in the fall, where he intends to major in International Relations, with a speciality in security, and minor in French.

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Encouraging an East-West dialogue

Encouraging an East-West dialogue

The courses offered on the Menton campus focus on the Middle East and Mediterranean Basin countries. Intercultural dialogue and interreligious debate are an important part of campus life, largely thanks to Bernard El Ghoul, the director of the campus, who fosters the common values of tolerance and living together among a student community of diverse backgrounds and origins. Portrait of an esteemed director, whom students affectionately call the "Lebanese Di Caprio."

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