Sustainable Development Goals Certificate: a Global Joint Programme

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Last week, the first cohort of students of the Sustainable Development Goals Professional Certificate programme met together for the first time to take part in the SDGs Leadership Seminar, organised by the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs.

As a member of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN), the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs offers the SDG Professional Certificate, a global joint programme providing innovative training and international collaboration on how to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Throughout the week, all 18 students met with public policy actors, international organizations, local associations and private sector representatives to gain a better understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals. To help them develop their own entrepreneurial projects related to the SDGs, they participated in design-thinking workshops, SDG Master Classes, and field work activities.

This international programme is composed of four member universities of the GPPN, in association with partners from the public and private sector as well as members from civil society:

  • Columbia SIPA, New York
  • Hertie School of Governance, Berlin
  • LKY School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, Paris

The SDG Professional Certificate allows students to develop entrepreneurial skills and to work with public policy students from participating GPPN universities. It provides an opportunity for students to develop concrete projects rooted in their local environments, and to showcase them to an international audience of academics, practitioners and policymakers specializing in the SDGs.

As part of the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda, having specialized knowledge and hands-on experience on how to meet the SDGs is in high demand from government agencies, international organizations, private companies and social sector at every scale.

See the full week programme (PDF, 1.2 Mo).

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Discover the first edition of the Sciences Po Review of Public Affairs!

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The School of Public Affairs has the great pleasure to announce the release of the first edition of the Sciences Po Review of Public Affairs!

The review is conceived as a multidisciplinary and resolutely bilingual projects, two traits inherent to our School.  The editorial committee, composed of Sciences Po students, seeks to assemble in this review a sampling of works concerning public affairs produced by Sciences Po students. These articles deal with law, economics, cultural policies, social policies, health policies, political philosophy and many more. 

The project is an initiative of the School of Public Affairs Association (AEAP). 

Although it is a project highlighting the work of students, in order to function successfully, it will also ensure high quality submissions. 

To accomplish this, the editorial committee collects and pre-selects the articles. They are then submitted to the scientific committee, composed of academics and representatives related to public affairs, which decides which submissions will be published.  

To read the first edition of the Review of Public Affairs, please click here.


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Support the future of the collaborative economy

New partnership between Airbnb and Sciences Po
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Airbnb and Sciences Po have today announced that Airbnb has joined Sciences Po Technology, Governance and Institutional Innovation Chair (TGII). Placed at the heart of Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, this chair aims to advance research and education in the digital field and empower French and international leaders in government and business to make informed decisions that will steer institutions in the digital age.

The Chair conducts research and sponsors specialised programs on three issues:

  • Digital economy and the transformation of organisations;
  • Policy and regulation 2.0;
  • Future of democracy and political activism in the digital age.

The partnership between Airbnb and Sciences Po, the first of its kind in Europe, will support research activities including research papers and policy briefs around specific themes addressing the digital economy. Airbnb and Sciences Po aim to foster a healthy debate around the future of the collaborative economy among Sciences Po’s network of European partners.

The partnership will also support educational activities, including the creation of a Master’s course on the sharing economy, and stimulate entrepreneurship through a student project that will aim to bring concrete solutions to a subject of public interest.

The Chair is led by Yann Algan, Dean of the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, Henri Bergeron, Sociologist, and Nicolas Colin, co-founder and partner of The Family.

Emmanuel Marill, General Manager for Airbnb in France, said:

A 21st century economy calls for 21st century policies. We are delighted to partner with such a prestigious academic institution as Sciences Po in order to help foster a healthy debate on the sharing economy and place France at the forefront of policy innovation. We hope future policies will harness the opportunities offered by the digital economy to empower people in ways that will benefit governments and local communities.

Yann Algan, Dean of the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, said:

We are delighted to welcome Airbnb as a new partner to this chair. Sciences Po wants to make the most of its expertise in social sciences in relationship with public and private partners to answer the many institutional questions brought about by the digital transition. This partnership between Airbnb and the School of Public Affairs will be a crucial contribution to research and higher education in the field of collaborative economy to enhance the common good.

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Support Datagora - a Start-up made in Sciences Po

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The School of Public Affairs is proud to introduce you to Datagora, a Start-up made in Sciences Po, which was born out of our Policy Lab and is today incubated at Sciences Po. The Datagora platform aims at democratizing the access to public statistics (ex: unemployment, elections, immigration, etc.) in order to feed the wider public debate. This initiative emerged in the context of the rising prominence of fake news as well as growing distrust by citizens of mainstream medias. 

Two students of the School of Public Affairs have recently launched the beta app (iPhone) of the platform and now want your feedback! They need you: in order to support them, you may download the iOS app and share your reaction / feedback by writing to them directly on

You may also follow them on Twitter Facebook and help them gain more visibility !

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Universities and youth united for the Sustainable Development Agenda
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Two years after the COP21, four leading public policy schools, Columbia SIPA, Hertie School of Governance Berlin, LKY School of Public Policy Singapore and Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, join with public, private and civil society stakeholders for the first academic program training young leaders towards the achievement of the SDGs: the Sustainable Development Goals Certificate

This program will be officially launched on December 11, 2017 at Sciences Po with the participation of the four Deans of these prestigious universities. International leaders and advocates will also share their vision of the 2030 Agenda and their commitment to the program.

What is the SDG Certificate?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Certificate trains young leaders to obtain the knowledge, skills and experience related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the period 2015-2030. This original one-year program was founded by the network of seven top schools in public affairs from around the world, the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN). Four prestigious schools from the Global Public Policy Network are participating in the first cohort:

  • Columbia SIPA (New York),
  • Hertie School of Governance (Berlin),
  • LKY School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore (Singapore),
  • Sciences Po School of Public Affairs (Paris).

This certificate aims to mobilize and integrate the institutional, public, private and non-governmental ecosystem that is committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The event agenda will be available soon.

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