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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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A new Dual Master's Degree with the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy in Singapore

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Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy (LKYSPP) at the National University of Singapore and Sciences Po School of Public Affairs are launching a two-year double degree programme between their respective Master in Public Policy and Master in European Affairs.

Students will begin the dual programme at Sciences Po School of Public Affairs in Paris, continuing at LKYSPP in Singapore in their second year.

Studying at leading universities in both Paris and Singapore, students will gain an in-depth understanding of public policy issues from European and Asian perspectives. Admitting students from different cultures into both schools also contributes to a greater exchange of insights and ideas among the student cohort.

Learning beyond the textbook

During the first year at Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, student learning will go beyond the fundamental modules on public policy. Students will gain industry exposure through policy labs where they will collaborate with clients to co-develop and test practical solutions aimed at solving policy challenges. At LKYSPP, they will define real-world policy issues and develop recommendations as part of the school’s Policy Analysis Exercise.
The first cohort of students in the dual degree programme will start classes in Paris in September 2018.

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New Dual Degree between Sciences Po School of Public Affairs and the LKYSPP

Read the press release from 18th May 2017

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UBC-Sciences Po Resilient Cities Policy Challenge

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The Policy Studio at UBC’s Liu Institute for Global Issues in cooperation with the Policy Lab at the Sciences Po School for Public Affairs recently hosted graduate students during a five day Resilient Cities Policy Challenge, benefitting from the support of the French Embassy in Canada’s Saint-Simon Initiative. The policy challenge involved fifteen students – eight students from the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs program at UBC and seven students from the Master in Public Policy at Sciences Po – who were integrated into teams to address issues facing three groups in Vancouver: youth, resettled refugees, and seniors.

The policy studio provided students with a structured yet flexible learning opportunity as well as delivered applied policy design and initiative ideas to external stakeholders and clients. Before they delved in, the students were asked to interact with the Policy Challenge clients, which included the City of Vancouver’s Resilient Officer (CRO) Katie McPherson and Paul Mochrie, Deputy City Manager, as well as stakeholders, which included Mary Clare Zak, Managing Director, Social Policy and Project Division in the City of Vancouver’s Social Policy department and Vancouver Foundation President and CEO Kevin McCort.

Students were invited to consider the following overarching question: How might we improve social connectedness in specific populations in Vancouver and Paris with a focus on seniors, youth and refugees? 

The Policy Challenge teams developed and presented eleven ideas while at the Liu Institute for Global Issues and at CityStudio Vancouver. The students also participated in field work at venues that included Sunset Community Centre and Barclay Manor (seniors), Vancouver Community College (youth), and ISSofBC (refugees). These ideas will be proposed in Vancouver’s Resilient City plan for city departments to consider and test.

As Tobin Postma, Director of Strategic Initiatives, City of Vancouver, shared following the presentation of ideas: “It was exciting to see the outputs of the Resilient City Policy Challenge – even after such a short ideation time frame, there were several important insights related to our Healthy City Strategy that zeroed in on ways to address the growing problem of social isolation amongst seniors, youth, and refugees in our city.”


Sciences Po School of Public Affairs students shared their feedback:

“The conference overall was an amazing learning experience, with like-minded peers and an excellent set of guides/mentors. I particularly enjoyed the interactions with both the students as well as the Dean of the Liu Institute - I feel that this experience has enriched me in a lot of ways. The biggest takeaway from this conference was the use of design thinking canvas to channel our solutions to meet the realized and focused needs that were identified.”
Meghna De, MPP, Economics and Public Policy

“Cities are not just an economic unit that need to be organised around principles of efficiency and productivity but are also social constructs where we need to give equal importance parameters like social connectedness, quality of life which may not always be measurable. For me it also showed the importance of looking at challenges with a perspective outside the tools that economics equips us with. We must also look at what sociologists, anthropologists and others are saying to look for solutions that are holistic.” – Prateek Sibal, MPP, Economics and Public Policy

“Vancouver’s youth is vibrant, diverse and ambitious, yet some feel to some extent disconnected to the city and what is has to offer. Meeting with locals, policymakers and young Vancouverites we’ve tried to understand what barriers youth needed to overcome to foster greater social connectedness, and suggested a range of policy measures relating to culture, employment and transportation to enhance interactions throughout communities. It has been an intense but fun five days of crunching our very different minds to come up with very innovative and easy-to-implement ideas, that can be part of feasible public policies current policymakers should start considering.”
Josy Soussan, MPA

 

This post was adapted from the original article by the UBC Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs:

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"Management skills are crucial for anyone interested in public policymaking"

  • Paul Laurent at Bocconi University in MilanPaul Laurent at Bocconi University in Milan

Paul Laurent is a student enrolled in a dual Master’s degree offered by the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs and Bocconi University. He is currently completing his year at Bocconi University in Milan. Interview.

You’re studying management at Bocconi University this year. Can you tell us about your courses and about the educational approach at Bocconi University more generally?

Basically, the programme at Bocconi is based on two pillars, which are strongly interrelated: managerial tools, and policy analysis and evaluation.
 
The courses at Bocconi, and the educational approach itself, have a very applied, practical focus—studying public accounting, capital budgeting, performance management or public management is uncommon at Sciences Po. Group projects (in partnership with the Municipality of Milan, for example) and case studies are often central to course requirements, while research essays or presentations are less common. Both have advantages and disadvantages, and it’s good to experience both approaches.
 
Bocconi also offers a wide range of courses beyond the scope of a traditional business school. It has renowned economics and social sciences departments, and I have been able to take courses in quantitative methods, policy evaluation, and public and development economics that were a real complement to the classes mentioned above.
 
Finally, we also have to write a thesis, either an applied or research thesis, which is a great opportunity to go in depth into a chosen topic under the supervision of esteemed professors.

You spent the first year of your dual degree studying public policy at Sciences Po. Why did you choose a programme combining public policy and management?

The idea to apply to Bocconi occurred to me after my gap year, during which I did two internships in the French administration. The first, at the French Court of Audits, made me realise I wanted to learn more about public policy evaluation; during the second internship, in a Parisian museum, I realised how important management and financial skills can be for the success of a public entity. Management and analytical skills are crucial for anyone interested in public policymaking.
 
Besides, Bocconi University is renowned for its healthcare management and economics focus (Centre for Research on Health and Social Care Management (CERGAS), Department of Policy Analysis and Policy Management), which is the field in which I would like to work later. I was able to attend healthcare management and policy classes and I am currently writing a research thesis related to hospital management reforms.

What is life like at Bocconi? How different is it from last year at Sciences Po?

Life at Bocconi is very pleasant and academically fulfilling, like at Sciences Po, with many events, conferences, and associations; there seem to be fewer associations than at Sciences Po, with less political involvement, yet this may be due to my perspective as an international student. While the University itself is not aesthetically pleasing, it is close to the centre of Milan and surrounded by cafes, restaurants and all that encapsulates the dolce vita and Italian charm. More generally, Milan is a vibrant and welcoming city, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here so far.

What are your plans for the future?

Dual-degree students come from and go into very diverse fields, but I would say that many tend to work in consulting firms, international organisations or NGOs. As for me, given my interest in healthcare management and policy, I’m considering either taking the French civil service entrance examination to become a hospital director, or working in healthcare policy evaluation.

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Public Affairs Revisited

Discover the Experimental Programme in Political Arts
  • Students at the 2015 Make It Work simulation in Paris ©Martin ArgyrogloStudents at the 2015 Make It Work simulation in Paris ©Martin Argyroglo

The Experimental Programme in Political Arts, a one-year Master’s programme created in 2010 by French philosopher Bruno Latour, is positioned at the crossroads of the social sciences, politics, and the arts. Academic director Frédérique Aït-Touati explains the programme’s unique approach and the reasons behind it.

What are the programme’s objectives? Who is it designed for? 

The Sciences Po Experimental Programme in Political Arts intends to question issues surrounding “public affairs” by putting in place an experimental space that takes inspiration from pragmatist philosophy, sociology, the history of science and the history of art. 

The programme is positioned at the crossroads of the social sciences, politics, and the arts, as can also be said of the work of its founding father, French philosopher Bruno Latour. It is designed for young international professionals: social science researchers, artists (in the wider sense of the term, including architecture and design) and those working in the cultural or political spheres.  

What kind of educational approach does the programme adopt? 

The Experimental Programme in Political Arts has developed very specific teaching and learning practices over the years. Let me mention the three main ones. First, participants work in groups for a whole year on practical projects commissioned by external partners. The commissions concern real-world issues, and fulfilling them involves research, inquiry and creation. If we had to find a synonym for the programme, I would define it as a school of experiments or a school of situations, which are the basic aspects of the pragmatist approach. Ethnography–among other social sciences–art and visual culture are all part of the toolkit and things that students need to learn. 

Second, the notion of “becoming sensitive” is central. We encourage students to understand the locality and the situation in which they are working carefully so that they can choose their tools properly.

Finally, another important aspect is equality between different media: when you undertake an exercise or try to answer a specific question, you can choose your medium. You can use a theoretical piece of writing, an image, a map or a film… whatever you choose, we consider it a legitimate medium, including philosophical and sociological texts. What we try to do is to avoid regarding language as a kind of preconfigured tool; language itself has to be performed in a certain way, just like when you make films. 

This year, the theme is “Disoriented Peoples. Where Is There to Land?” Why was this subject chosen? How will you address it and what type of work are you expecting students to produce? 

This theme is taken from Bruno Latour's current thinking about how politics is deeply transformed by ecological matters. It’s been chosen for a year that promises to be very special and exciting for us, as we are going to hold a new political and theatrical simulation with our students at the Théâtre des Amandiers, performed as a public event in May 2018. The simulation will follow a similar protocol to Make it Work (an enactment of climate negotiations organised by the Experimental Programme in Political Arts in May 2015), drawing on the combined resources of design, performance and social science research.
 
It will be a way to "celebrate" May ‘68 without focusing on the past, but rather on the present political situation and how to redefine the older lines of class struggle when the question of ecological changes is taken into account (or denied as it is by the new US government). The theme suggested for this year, “Disoriented Peoples. Where Is There to Land?” is a very open question that will help us to recruit the most motivated students to design and devise this new political experiment with us.

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