Diversity and accessibility

A university for all talents

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Aware of its social responsibility as an institution of higher learning tasked with educating future professional elites, Sciences Po has chosen to broaden the scope of its student intake. Its goal is to welcome all talented students, with no geographical, financial or physical barriers. By becoming partners, companies can make a concrete contribution to the objectives Sciences Po has been pursuing for several years on both the national and the international level.

We give companies the opportunity to provide moral, human and/or financial support for the different systems put in place to encourage social diversity and combat discrimination against people with disabilities.

Social diversity: the Conventions d’Education Prioritaire (CEP)

This programme, launched in 2001, establishes links between Sciences Po and 70 high schools in areas targeted for special educational support throughout France, including Overseas France. It has led to Sciences Po welcoming more than 600 high-school students in nine years, with the intake increasing every year. The programme is supported by some 10 large companies, enabling Sciences Po to set up a system of bursaries and follow-up initiatives to guarantee these students the best possible study conditions.

Employees of the companies participating in this system participate in the admission juries for students admitted through the CEP procedure and also provide mentoring support for the students concerned.

Key figures for student intake:

  • 2001: 17 students
  • 2002: 32 students
  • 2006: 75 students
  • 2007: 95 students
  • 2008: 117 students
  • 2009: 126 students

Partner companies : 

SOCIETE GENERALE, BANQUE PALATINE, PRISMA, BOUYGUES, DELOITTE, TOTAL, FONDATION DU GRAND ORIENT DE FRANCE, GDF SUEZ, HSBC, L’OREAL, LOGITRANSPORTS, SFR, CLUB EFFICIENCE

Diversity: increasing the purchasing power of the 30% of bursary students admitted by 2013

Sciences Po has undertaken to increase the number of bursary students admitted to 30% looking to 2013. Students in receipt of bursaries on social criteria today account for 26% of all students. Each person receiving a government bursary receives a top-up bursary from Sciences Po, amounting to 75% of the total CROUS bursary, and tuition fees are waived.

Disability: Sciences Po Accessible 

Sciences Po decided to make the issue of accessibility and the integration of disabled people a major priority starting in the 2008-2009 academic year. This system has a triple objective:

  • To combat lack of self-confidence through awareness-raising campaigns in high schools and during the admission period
  • To improve accessibility in our buildings and set up specific support systems
  • To facilitate access to the employment market for disabled students with the assistance of partner companies.

Key figures

74 disabled students are currently enrolled in degree programs at Sciences Po. This number should rise to over 100 for the 2010-2011 academic year.

To date, some 12 or so companies support the system. Some contribute via their disability programme, others provide corporate sponsorship and benefit from a 60% tax reduction. Partner companies make a particular effort to recruit these students and offer them internships at master's level.

Partner companies:

AIR LIQUIDE, ARPEJEH, CREDIT AGRICOLE, EDF, IBM, L’OREAL, LAFARGE, LAGARDERE ACTIVE, SFR, SOCIETE GENERALE, TF1, THALES, FONDATON LAGARDERE, CAISSE D'EPARGNE

Contacts

Charlotte Aumaître, Relations avec les Entreprises (Relations with Companies)

Tel.: +33 (0)1 45 49 55 53

@: charlotte.aumaitre@sciences-po.fr