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Claude Erignac Prize 2019 : Call for submissions

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As a tribute to the memory and to uphold the values of the Prefect Claude Érignac, assassinated in February 1998, the Claude Érignac association organises each year, in partnership with Sciences Po, the Claude Érignac Prize. 

This prize of 5 000 euros is awarded for a student project highlighting the contribution of a French public institution or figure, to the common good.

The Claude Érignac Prize 2018 was awarded to Luca Vergallo, Master's student in Public Policy, for his project developing an innovative method of interaction with public emergency services and raising awareness of crisis management and communication, during a ceremony held at the Senate.

Open to students studying for a Master's at Sciences Po (first or second year of graduate studies, gap year included).

Deadline for applications: 26th November 2018 at 12.30 pm

>> Click here for conditions and how to apply 

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International admissions are now open

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International admissions for the 2019 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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Get involved with the third edition of the simulation "Richelieu 3.0 - maritime strategy"

September, 19th 2018
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Resembling more than 50 students and three institutions - Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, HEC, Mines ParisTech – this year’s challenge was to create a "Station M", a fictional incubator in Marseille using new technologies to address the challenges of the protection of the common goods in the Mediterranean Sea, turning France into a "maritime start-up nation". According to the simulation model developed by the FORCCAST project, this scenario involves confronting political, socio-economic and scientific controversies around the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.


After a preparatory conference the day before, all through the day, the students were projected into a series of situations originating from the roles they were incarnating, for instance as politicians, high civil servants, large firms, SMEs and start-ups, associations, Mediterranean actors, etc.

 

At the end of the day, students were able to present the results of their negotiations to a jury composed of François Baroin, former Minister, Philippe Louis-Dreyfus, President of the Louis-Dreyfus Armateurs group and Fabrice Le Saché, vice-president and spokesperson of the MEDEF.


This simulation is part of the development of the Policy Lab activities of the School of Public Affairs. It also encourages us to reflect on this reflection given to the Cardinal and French Statesman Richelieu: “The tears of our sovereigns have the salted taste of the sea that they ignored.

 

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Student and parent: combining the two

Camille Viros, mother of three daughters, graduated in June 2018 with her Master’s degree from the School of Public Affairs
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Sciences Po is proud to be one of ten academic institutions selected by UN Women, the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women, to act as a “HeforShe Champion”. As part of the annual HeforShe Summit on 26 September 2018, Director Frédéric Mion will discuss actions taken by Sciences Po to advance gender equality, specifically work accomplished by the university on the question of parenthood. To mark the occasion, we are sharing the inspiring story of one of our female students: Camille Viros, recent graduate of the Class of 2018, and  mother of three children. How does she balance her student and family life? Read the interview on her experience at Sciences Po.

You have just graduated from the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, and you are also a parent. Does it feel like an even greater achievement to have combined the two?

I think I am a graduate like any other and I do not feel more special. It is true that studying and having children can be challenging at times, but everyone has his or her own special circumstances that can complicate and/or enrich being a student.

What has been the greatest challenge about being a parent and student? Were there some pleasant surprises? Were you supported by your peers?

The main challenge was probably juggling family obligations with three small children and a full-time master’s programme with all the constraints it can have (essays to write, group assignments to coordinate, exams to prepare). I found it was not so different than being a working mother, but with the added difficulty of often having to study after the children’s bedtime or during weekends. Once I had found the right balance between my personal and student life, it became much easier.

There were also many nice things about being a student and a parent. For example, my girls would love to tell their teachers and friends that their mum was also going to school. I was also able to organise my classes at Sciences Po to be able to pick my girls up from school most days, and could often make myself available to assist parent-teacher meetings at my girls’ school. I also felt supported by professors at Sciences Po. Once I had to take one of my girls to the emergency room the same day a paper was due. With my husband away on a business trip, it was impossible for me to finish my paper on time. I explained the situation to my professor and he gave me an extension. 

Are there preconceived ideas or stereotypes around student-parents?

I did not feel at all judged by other students and did not find there were any negative stereotypes about being a parent-student at Sciences Po. Other students were often surprised when I told them I had three children, but they never put me in an awkward position – quite the contrary. I think there are more positive stereotypes about parents than negative ones. Other students often suggested that parents are well organised, efficient, and able to multi-task. I also think students with children can help promote greater acceptance and understanding of parenthood in the workplace in general, by showing fellow students that parents can be just as successful.  

Did you meet other student-parents during your studies? Is there a community at Sciences Po?

Yes I did meet other parents during my year at Sciences Po. In my MPA (Master in Public Affairs) class of 27 people there were four other parents, two fathers and two mothers. It was really great to meet other people in the same situation as me and we often joked about our parenthood stories, like having to deal with a sleep-resistant child while trying to finish a paper for a midnight deadline. There is no official community per se but Sciences Po has a very active gender equality unit. It also organises a yearly event called “Sciences Mômes”, a Parent-Child Day when staff and students can bring their children to the Paris campus. Group reflection on parenting issues is also organised for this occasion. I think it is really great that Sciences Po organises such events and it certainly made me feel part of a community.

What advice would you give to future students who are also parents?

Be organised! Try to gather people around you that you can count on and who can be on call: your partner, a grandparent, a nanny, etc. If you want to follow a programme at Sciences Po, just give it a go and have no reservations about doing it with children. It will be intense and demanding, but you’ll manage and it will be one of the most enriching experiences of your life. And besides, Paris is a fantastic city for children, with lots of international schools, day-care services, and an amazing healthcare system. 
 Good luck! And don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need any help or advice!

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A new semester focused on supporting the professional goals of our second year Master's students!

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With the ambition to boost and support our M2 students in developing their career plans, the School of Public Affairs has set up in 2017 a community of careers advisors: public and private figures, whose main mission is to listen to, guide and advise each student on their career prospects.

 

Educating our students is the core of our School and we consider this professional accompaniment to be as important as the fundamental knowledge transmitted as part of the School's masters courses.

 

The Welcome meeting for our Master 2 students took place on Wednesday, September 5th in the form of meetings between the students and the career advisors which they were allotted for the whole academic year.

We warmly thank all of this community for their commitment to our students !

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