Marie Mendras, Observatoire Russie, CERI, Sciences Po.
In a conference on 29 October 2014, Mikhaïl Khodorkovsky provided Sciences Po students with an analysis of the political and economic situation in Russia and discussed perspectives for the future. He resolutely aligned himself with the “post-Putin” context, which he is preparing for with Open Russia, an association that supports civil society in its fight for human rights, an independent judicial system, and an honest and responsible government.
In December 2013, Mikhaïl Khodorkovsky was expelled from Russia and now lives in exile in Europe. From abroad, he works on building networks inside the country.
Former CEO of the oil company Yukos and decade-long prisoner of the Putin regime, he asserted that Russia would have no other choice but to turn towards Europe in order to develop. He insisted on the urgency of replacing “the archaic governance system” which traps Russians in arbitrariness and ineffectiveness, and pushes the country’s finest into exile. He also lashed out against the Kremlin’s policies which create conflict with neighbors and rely on false propaganda to convince the population that only the current regime can protect the country against external “threats.”
However, Mikhaïl Khodorkovsky defended the building of a “national Russian state” whose territorial integrity should not be threatened. He did not criticise the annexation of Crimea but congratulated the Ukrainians on their triumph over a corrupt power. He also explained that Russia would most likely maintain a Presidential system, but that this system would need to be strongly counterbalanced by the parliament, judicial system, local and regional governmental institutions, as well as municipal and provincial assemblies. In his opinion, a large part of Russian society will embrace political changeover once they can foresee a nonviolent alternative.
"Make It Work", what is it?
Discover the Sciences Po initiative which aims to mobilise academics across the world for the 2015 international climate negotiations, and follow "Make It Work" on the dedicated blog.
During their first year at Sciences Po, a group of 20 students participated in a student competition launched by professor Yann Algan around the theme of using art to understand poverty reducing policies. The team took up the challenge and created the game Macropoly. We met Luca Vergallo, a 2nd year student, and co-creator of the game.
Sciences Po: Why did you and your team choose to create a game to tackle the issue of poverty reducing policies?
Luca Vergallo: Some of my classmates had the idea of creating a game to answer the topic, and then we decided together about the rules. It was a team effort, and I'm really happy with the results. It was really rewarding for all of us. Moreover, while macroeconomy is an applied discipline, it is not easy to consider it this way during macroeconomy classes. A game like Macropoly allows people to act as if they were political decision makers. It is a way to simulate the construction of poverty reducing policies. To be efficient, public policies need to be innovative and I think that Macropoly can participate in this pressing creative movement.
SP: What are your plans for Macropoly?
LV: We would like to develop an application dedicated to teachers and students in high schools and universities. Our goal is to provide teachers with a new tool to teach macroeconomy, and students with a new way to learn and think about this discipline.
The Emile Boutmy scholarship is awarded to the best international students from outside of the European Union. Why did they choose Sciences Po? What are their plans for the future? Let’s meet some of these gifted recipients of the Emile Boutmy scholarship.
In 2014, the Emile Boutmy scholarship was awarded to 234 students. Since its creation in 2004 in honor of the founder of Sciences Po, it has benefitted 2,000 recipients at the undergraduate and graduate levels, representing 55 nationalities. Sciences Po has an array of financial aid available to students of all origins and 30% of the student body benefits from a scholarship. Discover all of the scholarships and financial aid programmes available to Sciences Po students.
On 6 October, Joseph Stiglitz held a conference at Sciences Po as part of a two-day event organised by Columbia University and Sciences Po on the theme “The Role of the State in Economic Growth in Europe”.
Before the conference, Joseph Stiglitz gave an interview to ITélé, a French TV channel. In this interview, he tackled the economic challenges facing Europe and France.
During this two-day event, more than 30 international figures from academia, politics and economics gathered at Sciences Po, including Bostjan JAZBEC, Governor of the Central Bank of Slovenia, Leszek BALCEROWICZ, Minister of Finance and Governor of the Central Bank of Poland, Miroslav SINGER, Governor of the Central Bank of the Czech Republic, and Andreu MAS-COLELL, Minister of Economy and Knowledge of Catalonia.
This meeting took place within the framework of a three-year research project led by Columbia University on the theme “Strategies for Growth: The Changing Role of the State”. This Columbia-Sciences Po conference is part of a long-standing collaboration that includes an array of dual degrees at the undergraduate, graduate and Ph.D. levels.
On 17 October, Sciences Po and Freie Universität Berlin celebrated their 30th anniversary of cooperation in Berlin.
These two universities initiated innovative programmes three years before the launch of the Erasmus programme. In the 1980s, the institutions offered exchange student programmes and in 1991 they created a joint Franco-German curriculum. Today, Sciences Po and Freie Universität Berlin host two dual degree programmes at the bachelor and master levels.
Germany is one of Sciences Po’s key partner countries. The special Franco-German relationship is reflected in the number of incoming and outgoing exchange students, and in the number of university partnerships between Sciences Po and Germany. At the undergraduate level, Sciences Po also offers a European Franco-German programme on the Nancy campus, where the dual bachelor degree with Freie Universität Berlin is run.
This 30th anniversary gathered representatives from Sciences Po and Freie Universität Berlin, and more than 200 alumni along with current students from the Sciences Po-Freie Universität Berlin dual degree programmes. Watch the video of the celebration.
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Caroline Jeanmaire is a student from the Dual Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development and International Relations between Sciences Po and Peking University. Since September, she has been the President of Sciences Po Environnement, a student association for sustainable development. For Caroline, sustainable development is the best way to have a profound impact on today’s people and tomorrow’s generations.
The 2014 Deutsche Bahn Prize went to Yann Algan and Émeric Henry - both researchers at Sciences Po's Departement of Economics - and to their co-authors Yochai Benckler and Jerome Hergeux (Harvard).
Each year, the Deutsche Bahn Prize rewards CEPR Fellows for outstanding research in organisation and management.
The paper - Social Motives and the Organization of Production: Experimental Evidence from Open Source Software - analyzes the behaviour of 1,200 open source software (OSS) developers and uses the behaviour of the OSS developers in experimental trust, dictator, and public games to predict and explain the behavior of OSS developers in software projects.
The authors find that those developers with higher social motivation tend to participate in fewer projects, but cooperate more intensively. By highlighting the role of social motivation and self-selection of like-minded types into project teams, the paper contributes to the important question of how organizations that are lacking formal structure and hierarchies can solve problems of free-riding of their members.
On 14 October, Sciences Po celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Emile Boutmy scholarship. This grant aims to attract the very best international students from outside of the European Union. It is awarded to students whose profiles match the admissions priorities of Sciences Po and individual course requirements.
In 2014, with a budget of 2 million €, the Emile Boutmy scholarship rewarded 234 students. Since its creation in 2004 in honor of the founder of Sciences Po, it has benefitted 2,000 recipients at the undergraduate and graduate levels, representing 55 nationalities. Let’s meet some of these Emile Boutmy scholarship recipients.
Sciences Po holds a high degree of social responsibility and plays a pioneering role in the promotion of diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. Sciences Po has an array of financial aid for students of all origins and 30% of the student body benefit from a scholarship. Discover all of the scholarships and financial aid programmes available to Sciences Po students.
For the first time in history, the Ecole du Louvre and Sciences Po are joining forces to create a dual Master’s degree. While the Ecole du Louvre brings its expertise in art history, Sciences Po offers a rich knowledge in historical research and cultural management. Together, the institutions will baptise two complimentary specialisations.
The first specialisation is dedicated to research in both art history and history. This programme will enable students to bring together two research approaches and to consolidate their understanding of different methods in sourcing and analysis.
The second specialisation combines art history and cultural management in order to prepare students for the challenges currently facing the arts, musem and cultural heritage sectors.
Coupling these specialisations has allowed for the creation of a high-level and selective two year programme, aimed at preparing young professionals for careers in conservation in the public sector (via exams: INP, CNFPT) or in the private sector (private museums, foundations and corporate collections, galleries, charity, insurance and investment consulting, etc.)
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Sciences Po hosts 34 dual degrees with partners including Columbia University in New York, the London School of Economics and Peking University.