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On Monday 6 November at 6 pm (Paris time), students from the School of Public Affairs and Yann Algan, the School of Public Affairs dean, will participate in an online interview on Campus Channel. The conversation will be in English.

Ask them any questions you have about admissions, education, financial aid, career prospects, life in Paris and more, in advance or live on the day.

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New international program: the SDG Professional Certificate

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The Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, as a member of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN), is proud to announce the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Professional Certificate. The SDG Certificate offers students innovative training on how to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The SDG Certificate is a one-year program providing innovative training and international collaboration between four GPPN member schools (Columbia SIPA, New York;  the Hertie School of Governance, berlin; the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, Singapore; and the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, Paris), in association with our partners from the public and private sector as well as members of civil society.

As a global joint program, the first SDG Certificate includes SDG-focused courses at home institutions, an opening seminar hosted by the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs in Paris, the SDG Bootcamp organized by Columbia SIPA in New York, and attendance at the annual GPPN Conference at one of the seven member schools. Selection for participation in the program will take place from October to November 2017.

By completing the program, students will develop entrepreneurial skills, work with public policy students from other GPPN universities, and showcase projects to an international audience of academics, practitioners and policymakers.

With this program, the GPPN reaffirms its commitment towards sustainable development and its dedication to the UN Agenda for 2030.

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"The SDG Professional Certificate offers a unique opportunity for our students to address humanity’s most pressing challenges under the UN SDGs and find innovative and concrete solutions with an impact factor on the world. The certificate provides a comprehensive program for tackling the 17 SDGs that integrates learning of concepts and skills with location specific case studies focused on students ideation, design and collaboration. The program reflects the Sciences Po School of Public affairs principles of sustainability, quality education, justice and collaboration for students passionate about the common good."

Yann Algan, Dean of the School of Public Affairs

SIPA has been collaborating with our GPPN partners for more than a decade to create global citizens and problem solvers through dual degree programs and international conferences. We are excited to take our collaboration even further by developing a joint curriculum that will engage important subject areas, including economics, new technology and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  We look forward to contributing our significant expertise in these areas and we welcome the many synergies and opportunities for collaboration that this new joint endeavor will produce.

Merit Janow, Dean of Columbia SIPA

The SDG GPPN professional certificate programme marks a new and novel initiative to enhance what we can offer the students. I cannot imagine a more creative and innovative programme that will enable our students to gain the edge and make an impact in the public policy world. It reflects the true spirit of the GPPN. The LKY School is truly excited to be part of this wonderful initiative”  

Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of LKY School of Public Policy

The GPPN Professional Certificate focusing on Sustainable Development Goals mirrors the Hertie School’s mission to empower students with practical skills, professional networks and deep knowledge about issues they are passionate about through relevant experiences such as the SDG programme.

Helmut K. Anheier, Hertie School President 

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International admissions for the 2018 intake are now open!

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International admissions for the 2018 intake are now open:

Should you need further information on the admission criteria and procedure, please do not hesitate to visit our admissions website.

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Understanding New Data Challenges

The Data Revolution” Conference - September, 11th 2017
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The Sciences Po School of Public Affairs is pleased to invite you to a conference on the data revolution on Monday, September 11 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in Chapsal amphitheater - 27 rue Saint-Guillaume, in partnership with Caisse des Dépôts, Carrefour and Facebook.



  • Yann Algan, Dean of the School of Public Affairs

Round table 1: Data: the challenges for our civilization

  • Thomas Oriol, CEO Datapred "Machine learning and human expertise: cooperation or competition? "
  • Nicolas Princen, CEO and Founder of Glose "Data for good"

Roundtable 2: Impact of the Data on Public Policy and Growth

  • Laure Lucchesi, Director Etalab "State as a platform"
  • Nicolas Colin, CEO TheFamily, "The business revolution"

The Chair Digital, Organizations and Public Affairs conference is part of the School of Public Affairs's Digital, Technology and Public Policy course.

Please note that places are limited - Please click here to register.

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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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