A digital university

Sciences Po is harnessing the power of digital technology to drive research and build an innovative, state of the art university.

678 lectures posted on the Moodle platform in 2018

10 MOOC produced in 2018

100 startups incubated over 10 years

Developing digital research

Sciences Po’s educational approach is to provide students with an education that encourages free thinking and develops open and agile minds capable of both understanding the world and transforming it. Over the last decade, Sciences Po has developed numerous teaching and research initiatives centred on the issue of digital transformation. The thinking around digital enabled by this research encourages students to develop a critical perspective and consider all aspects of this ongoing transformation. Several projects are in the pipeline for the next four years.

The Medialab

The Sciences Po’s tenth research centre was established in 2009 to help the social sciences and humanities take full advantage of the huge amount of data made available by digitisation. Closely associating approaches from design and computer science, the Medialab seeks to design techniques for exploring digitized worlds, the circulation of information, the social, cultural and political aspects of digital environments, the new forms of representation resulting from data and digital techniques, and the reorganization of power and assets in the digital economy. 

Among the ongoing research projects are:

The Centre for socio-political data (CDSP)

This centre was created to improve the availability of data that has been documented and validated by the scientific community to researchers and wider audiences. As such, the CDSP aims to meet the needs of the social science community in terms of data access, data production and the development of methodologies in the social sciences. Among the CDSP’s projects is the DIME-SHS EquipEx (Excellence Facility for Survey Data Infrastructures and Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences), which offers researchers tools for the production or reuse of social science data and research materials. Its objective is to collect, enhance and disseminate qualitative surveys, quantitative datasets and web-based research materials. This facility, led by the CDSP at Sciences Po, places methodological expertise and the new technological possibilities of digital and the internet at the heart of the project.

Integrating digital into our teaching and learning

Digital technology is not only a commodity; it is also a vector for transforming education and, more generally, the university. Education must be able to draw on a variety of suitable pedagogical and digital tools. The service offer available to the Sciences Po communities needs to meet growing demands, in line with the best international standards, through a digital campus. 

The objective is to create:

The Digital Experimentation Centre

 This centre is home to a team of 25 people and is structured around three key areas: digital audio-visual, pedagogical and digital engineering, and the Mapping Workshop. A cross-disciplinary research and development cell is responsible for:

1, Saint-Thomas: a campus at the heart of the digital transformation

Integrating digital into campus life, providing our students, staff, teachers and researchers with the conditions for working and studying that meet the highest international standards:

Adapting spaces to new uses through the development of areas that foster collective activities and digital creation, and places that act as a crossroads for knowledge, cultures, society and the entrepreneurial spirit, blending the real and the virtual.

The Innovation Pavilion

Located at the heart of the new Sciences Po campus on the historic 1, Saint-Thomas site, the Innovation Pavilion will be a focal point for research, learning and the analysis of contemporary issues.

The Pavilion’s immediate surroundings will feature spaces for educational innovation (a LearningLab, areas for collaboration and experimentation, and a library), digital transformation and data research centres (the Medialab, the CDSP) and spaces for hosting conferences, hackathons, BarCamps, situation simulation exercises, etc.

Located on the new 1, Saint-Thomas site, the Digital Experimentation Centre will set up a shared innovation platform for research and training in methods of analysis and exploration of digital data (statistics, modelling, visualisation).

At the adjacent 13 rue de l’Université site, the Digital Experimentation Centre will open a LearningLab, a laboratory for pedagogical and digital innovation which will offer the entire Sciences Po teaching and research community a platform for experimentation and support in three areas: pedagogies and active working methods; the impact of technologies on these methods; and the role that technology-enhanced physical spaces have to play.

Funding requirement : €18M

Construction of the Innovation Pavilion: €10M

DIME-SHS Project: €600,000 per year

Algoglitch: €800,000 per year

Become a partner

Benefit from the research findings

Examples of benefits on an annual basis:

Access to research findings (a quarterly report circulated to partners)

Two collective interpretation workshops with the Chair-holders (two places per partner at each workshop)

A seat on the Great Transition Jury which, on the occasion of a major event at Sciences Po, rewards the best student projects from the Great Transition course (January)

One public lecture per year at Sciences Po (five places per partner company)

In the case of the Chair and the partner organisation sharing a common interest, possibility of co-supervision of student projects such as collective projects, Master 2 thesis, internships, etc.


Associate your name with iconic innovation spaces:

Naming of the Innovation Pavilion, the library or the premises of the Digital Experimentation Centre



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