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Sciences Po 2022
Sciences Po benefits the entire university community, because we all have something valuable to learn here. Students come to make sense of the world in which they will become significant actors. Lecturers come to get a better sense of what they do every day and to pass it on to others. Researchers, to advance knowledge and understanding, which is the very vocation of the social sciences. Our administrative staff is proud of bearing so much value and meaning. Sciences Po allows everyone to think as actively engaged women and men.
Boasting a student body of 46% foreign students, Sciences Po has now joined the ranks of world class universities. Over the past 15 years, the school has succeeded in transforming its academic training paths, investing largely in research and building a strong global network of partner universities.
After a year in office, President Frédéric Mion announced the strategic orientations that will design the future of our institution. Entitled “Understand the World, Make a Difference”, this project draws on Sciences Po’s strengths, looks at today’s challenges and sets up goals towards 2022, a year that will mark Sciences Po’s 150th anniversary.
Sciences Po has attained the highest international standards but does not simply represent a French version of the global research university; its attractiveness is largely based on the uniqueness of its educational model. Sciences Po's success today is just the latest in a long line of accomplishments for a unique educational and training model. Sciences Po must now continue to develop this model on a larger scale, a prospect that will unfold through the following dimensions:
Becoming a global leader in higher education and research
Bachelor’s degree with international reputation
The three-year undergraduate program must lead to the awarding of an undergraduate degree with greater autonomy from our master’s programs and an international recognition. The undergraduate college provides an education that is unique on the French academic landscape and it should stand on its own, on the model of the international Bachelor’s degree. Upon completion of the Sciences Po undergraduate program, students should be encouraged to consider options for further study outside the institution and to apply to leading institutions around the world. The College must develop an international reputation for excellence in undergraduate education. This will also allow our graduate programs to recruit students of more diverse backgrounds.
Strong permanent faculty
No institution of higher learning can claim to compete globally without a sizeable permanent faculty. Sciences Po is already endowed with a high profile research faculty, comprised of 220 permanent professors, which plays an invaluable role in its teaching programs. Yet, we must continue to recruit academics over coming years. We must also seek new multidisciplinary scientific collaboration with USPC partners (University Sorbonne Paris Cité) and develop our research on new emerging topics.
Expansion of urban campus in Paris
The Parisian campus will be expanded and made more efficient thanks to the acquisition of the 14,000-square-meter Dominican Novitiate located right next to our current campus buildings. The acquisition of this facility will bring together all of Sciences Po’s research centers on a single site and provide the finest conditions for study and research, while offering on-campus student housing.
Launching of MOOC factory
Digital technology has radically changed our relationship to knowledge and our ways of sharing it. Sciences Po has been at the vanguard of these changes—creating the Medialab and e-courses in 2009—and intends to remain there. Sciences Po has thus positioned itself for the production of MOOCs in early 2014 and will set up a “MOOC factory”. It will produce a dozen MOOCs every year and offer them on both French and international platforms.
Enhancing access to the professional world
These schools come in addition to the School of Journalism, the School of Communication, the Law School and the School of International Affairs. They will all provide stable structures, within which students can define their increasingly specialized and customized courses of study, and which will readily adapt to the changing needs of the professional world. As spaces for networking and socialization, they will take responsibility for the successful professionalization of their students. More than ever, the employment rates of graduates will shape the policies of the Schools, which will be responsible for their students’ professional placement.
Continuing to play a pioneering role in social responsibility
This strategy for our school will be based on a viable economic development policy that will allow us to find the resources necessary to reach our goals by 2022. An ambitious fundraising campaign will be launched and culminate with the celebration of the Sciences Po’s sesquicentennial in 2022.