Facebook teams up with School of Public Affairs for a "Design Jam" at Sciences Po

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Students of the School of Public Affairs, as part of the Public Policy Incubator, participated in a "Design Jam" workshop on May 19, organized by Facebook. This is the first time that Facebook has partnered with a higher education institution to offer a morning of reflection on the new ways of approaching Design Thinking and data protection for users of online services.

During the session, the participants including Stephen Deadman (Global Deputy Chief Privacy Officer - Facebook), Dan Hayden (Data Analyst - Facebook) Matias Ferrero (Service & Interaction Designer - Fjordnet) and Olivier Desbiey (Innovation & Prospective - CNIL Digital Innovation) showed that for every problem, there could be an infinite number of solutions.

Stephen Deadman said:

"While people embrace innovation, they also want to feel in control of the apps and services they use. To provide that control, we need to design intuitive technologies that require no user training and apply it to how we build trust, transparency and control around the way apps and services work today. Design Jams bring together designers, entrepreneurs, policy experts and regulators to come up with new and creative designs to build trust, transparency and control."

The participants themselves experimented with Lego bricks: Tasked with building a duck, it was clear at the end of the exercise that each result was different.

The speakers were able to show that user experiences should be built around exchange and dialogue in order to respect Design Thinking. Students then organized focus groups to identify users' expectations about protecting their data.

The second part of the session was dedicated to group work organized around the 5 stages of design: empathy (putting oneself in the user's place and understanding needs), definition (of the problem at the source), ideation (generating several ideas to solve a problem), prototyping and testing (launching the project).

For Reine de Mereuil, a student at the School of Public Affairs, this type of day allows for a discussion of the difficulties encountered in the implementation of a project and promotes reflection:

"We have been working on a prototype to incubate for 3 months now. This type of workshop, led by experts from different fields, allows us to take a step back on our projects and stimulate our creativity. We are able to identify good and bad intuitions and thus advance considerably in our work. "

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Welcome to the students of the Harvard Summer School Program

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Sciences Po School of Public Affairs in partnership with the CRI - Center for Research & Interdisciplinarity and Harvard University launch, for the second year, their collaborative summer program "HARVARD SUMMER SCHOOL" taking place in Paris, France.

This summer program explores the links between #biology, #engineering, #design and #socialsciences with the aim of developing concrete and #innovativesolutions to the major #challenges facing the city of Paris.

Over this two months course (June, 5th – July 28th), 52 students will work in small groups on projects of their own design. General orientation is provided by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (#SDGs) defined by the United Nations – with particular attention to the 11th SDG:

  1. How to make cities inclusive, resilient, safe and sustainable?
  2. How to create innovative solutions to improve the lives of citizens? 

With these SDGs in mind, they will take part in an interdisciplinary and intercultural experience entitled: "Towards a Sustainable City, Biology and the Evolution of Paris as a Smart-City."

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A new MBA/MPA Dual Degree between HEC Paris and the School of Public Affairs

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This new degree builds on the longstanding cooperation between Sciences Po and HEC which created, in 2008, a dual degree in corporate and public management for students in initial training.

The MBA-MPA focuses on young and mid-career professionals who have been working in the public or the private sectors. It lasts 2 years: the first year at HEC and the second at Sciences Po, or the other way around. They complete the entire one-year MPA, and spend one-year at HEC, instead of 18 months. The last MBA semester is validated via recognition of the modules completed within the MPA.

This programme will develop their leadership and management capabilities while equipping them with skills in advanced policy analysis in order to develop a strategic vision. Thanks to their detailed knowledge of both the public and the private sectors, graduates will be able to embark on careers at the interface between those sectors and to fully apprehend the issues of regulation. 

Modern society is increasingly characterised by the interaction of the public and private sector. Policymakers and civil servants need to understand how the private sector functions - and to learn from private sector how to run public sector more efficiently and effectively. At the same time, corporate leaders’ success depends on the political and social processes that underpin current regulations - as well as forthcoming formal and informal constraints and opportunities for business. Our dual degree program with HEC is to leverage the strengths of France’s leading business school and public policy school to train future leaders for both public and private sector for France, Europe and the world.

Sergei Guriev, MPA scientific counsellor, professor of Economics at Sciences Po and Chief Economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

We are very pleased to introduce the new MBA-MPA dual degree program. This fellowship offers the opportunity for students who want a more customized approach that combines leadership and management skills with public administration,” said Andrea Masini, Associate Dean, HEC Paris MBA. “There is an ever-expanding need for those working in both the public and private sectors to fully understand both sides and this dual degree will arm students with the skills necessary to succeed.”

Applications for the MBA are currently open for the 2017 session. MPA applications will open in October of this year for the 2018 intake. These applications are to be conducted separately.

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Congratulations to Dr Tedros, newly elected Director-General of the World Health Organization

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Docteur Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been elected on Tuesday, May 23rd 2017 as WHO Director General, thus becoming the first representative of the African continent elected to this position. It was also the first time that universal suffrage was required from the 193 Member States of the World Health Assembly in order to elect the Director General.

The School of Public Affairs had received the three candidates at Sciences Po in February. A delegation composed of 6 students and Sana de Courcelles, Excutive Director of the School of Public Affairs, had gone to the World Health Assembly, especially to hear and talk about sanitarian dialogue (health democratcy), and they had the honour to meet the newly elected Director General last week.

The students of the School of Public Affaires had also the opportunity to meet Elisabeth Laurin, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of France th the United Nations Office at Geneva. 

The Sciences po School of Public affais propose a "Global Health" policy stream since 2016 to train future executives who will be able to understand the challenges of global health and the strengths of French and European health systems.

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European Youth Debate 2017: Let’s Rebuild Europe

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On the 20th April 2017, over 80 students from across Europe united in Milan to participate, discuss and debate on the future of Europe. The three day conference, which took place in Palazzo Clerici at the ISPI foundation, debated on four main topics:

  • International trade;
  • Sustainable Development;
  • Research and Innovation
  • European Citizenship. 

Eugenie Valentin, student in the European Affairs Masters at Sciences Po Paris, represented the Association of the Masters of European Affairs (AMAE) in the European Citizenship team. 

Over the span of three days, Federico Calciolari and his colleagues supervised the team “European Citizenship”, composed of around 20 students from different academic backgrounds ranging from Political sciences, law and physics. However one force drove us all forward; creating and promoting the sentiment of European Identity.

During two days in the Permanent Representation of the European Commission in Milan, we concluded the main conflicts behind the problem of European citizenship, and drafted a resolution with policy proposals of how to improve the sentiment of European citizenship. These varied from the implementation of European education in High Schools across Europe, a wider coverage of European parliamentary elections, and citizenship for non-EU citizens living in the EU. Every single participant brought new innovative proposals to the table based on their country of origin, their experiences, studies and professional pursuit, making the debate more intense, and driven with motivation.

Our project, which was voted through to approval alongside the three others, will be presented at the European Parliament in Strasbourg July this year.

The event was a huge success, filled with motivation from all participants and a great way to network across Europe. With all the best from Sciences Po and hope the partnership with European Generation will strengthen in the future!


Eugenie Valentin, student in European Affairs, Sciences Po-LSE

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