Congratulations to the graduates of the 10th cohort of the Sciences Po - Columbia Dual BA!

Congratulations to the graduates of the 10th cohort of the Sciences Po - Columbia Dual BA!

  • Class of 2022 of the Sciences Po / Columbia double degree ©Sciences PoClass of 2022 of the Sciences Po / Columbia double degree ©Sciences Po

The 10th graduation ceremony of the Dual BA Programme between Sciences Po and Columbia University took place in New York on Monday 16 May 2022. This year, 69 students will receive both their Sciences Po and Columbia Bachelor's degrees during a ceremony marked by emotion and the inspiring words of those who make it all happen. Also present were students from the classes of 2020 and 2021 whose ceremonies had been cancelled due to the pandemic.

A traiblazing programme

A precursor and model for the nine international dual Bachelor’s degrees offered today by Sciences Po's Undergraduate College, this programme, a pioneer in the world of higher education, reflects the avant-garde spirit, the creativity and the innovation of its founding institutions. Today, it is the most emblematic dual degree of our institution.

Unsurprisingly, it has been very popular since its creation, reaching a record 689 applications this year, representing 64 nationalities from all continents. At the start of the next academic year, in keeping with its tradition of excellence, 90 students will join the dual BA.

Mathias Vicherat, speaking at the ceremony of "an incredibly successful collaboration", praised "the spirit of innovation, international cooperation and boldness inherent in these programmes, which contributes to the ambitious vision of higher education that Sciences Po and Columbia embody and share".

A programme of excellence

After four years of study (two at Sciences Po and two at Columbia), graduates of this programme go on to pursue varied careers from management, finance, to the arts, technology, data analysis, health administration, teaching, or the voluntary sector or senior national or international public service, to name but a few. Others decide to continue their studies at a graduate level, at Sciences Po or in other international universities among which we can mention this year Harvard, Oxford, and Yale. The dual BA programme notably includes two Rhodes Scholars among its alumni.

Ce programme nous a montré qu'il engendre des pionniers, des explorateurs et des expérimentateurs” a souligné Mathias Vicherat lundi face aux diplômés, en se demandant "quel pays sera le premier à être dirigé par une alumna ou un alumnus ?".

An exceptional leader

The celebration of the programme's tenth anniversary was also an opportunity to pay tribute to Dean Peter Awn, former Dean of the School of General Studies at Columbia, whose visionary, hard-working and inquisitive spirit was central to the founding of the dual BA. The library on the Reims campus, where many of the programme's students are enrolled (in addition to Menton, Le Havre and Poitiers), has been named after him since his death in 2019.

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