2020 at Sciences Po: Recap of an Unprecedented Year

All began as usual, with full classrooms, attentive students, hallways humming with many languages, packed schedules, fresh new year’s resolutions. In January, Ban Ki-Moon spoke as a featured guest at the Paris School of International AffairsYouth and Leaders Summit 2020. Then, as part of our climate Make It Work initiative, Sciences Po welcomed traditional Amazonian leaders and Isabelle Autissier [FR], the president of the World Wildlife Fund France to campus. However, in mid-March, France went into lockdown, emptying our university of its students, professors, researchers, and staff. Nonetheless, our essence and mission remained steadfast.

Sciences Po transferred all courses online in just a few days, totalling two million hours of classes. We also set up support services and a fund for students facing difficulty due to the crisis. Sciences Po researchers jumped into action, analysing and publishing studies on the impact of the crisis on society. 

Despite the obstacles, our community continued to grow as eight new researchers joined the permanent faculty and the construction of the new Parisian campus proceeded. Although France went into a second lockdown at the end of October, the learning did not stop since we had already implemented a dual campus model in anticipation of this very occurrence.

During a year of change, Sciences Po remained as attractive as ever, marked by the record 20,000 visitors who attended the virtual undergraduate and graduate Sciences Po Open House Days in November. The year culminated in the U7+ Alliance of World Universities Presidential Summit, in which President Mion joined two-dozen university presidents from around the world to discuss how now, more than ever, universities should best engage with the G7 to tackle global challenges. 

Claire Pétreault: helping young graduates find a career in the climate transition

Claire Pétreault: helping young graduates find a career in the climate transition

A 2019 graduate of the Master in Communication, Media and Creative Industries, Claire Pétreault describes herself as a member of the “Climate Generation”: a generation of youth who refuse to work in a career that has a negative impact on the environment. The prolific entrepreneur invests her abundance of energy into working for the climate transition and helping other young people find their path, in addition to working as Head of Communications for ChangeNow.

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Undergraduate admissions: stay calm and relaxed

Undergraduate admissions: stay calm and relaxed

Each year, half of new students at the Sciences Po Undergraduate College come from outside France. Starting in 2021, all applicants - whether French or international - are evaluated in the same ways, on identical criteria, in four separate evaluations. Candidates who have obtained the required mark set by the jury in the first three evaluations will be admitted to the fourth and final one: the interview.

Here are some tips to help you prepare for the interview!

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Tēnaka: A Sciences Po start-up wins the Columbia Alliance Social Enterprise Challenge

Tēnaka: A Sciences Po start-up wins the Columbia Alliance Social Enterprise Challenge

Tēnaka, a social business founded by Anne-Sophie Roux, recent graduate of the Sciences Po School of Research and supported by the Centre for Entrepreneurship, is the winner of the 2021 Alliance Social Enterprise Challenge! This social entrepreneurship competition organized by the Columbia Alliance awards a prize of U$25,000 to support the development of a social venture project.

According to a NASA study, 27% of the world’s coral reefs have disappeared in the last 50 years, and 32% are threatened with extinction.. Yet corals are the lungs of our planet, guarantors of the balance of the Earth's ecosystem and the survival of 60 million people around the globeTēnaka is the first social enterprise that rebuilds these key ecosystems alongside corporations, scientists and local NGOs and communities. And while Tēnaka targets corporations, the programme My Coral Garden allows individuals to plant their own coral.

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CIVICA Scholars Discuss: How Have Growth Regimes Evolved?

CIVICA Scholars Discuss: How Have Growth Regimes Evolved?

How have advanced capitalist economies and their welfare systems evolved since the early 1990s? To answer this question, Bruno Palier, CNRS Research Director at Sciences Po’s Centre for European Studies, and Anke Hassel, Professor of Public Policy at the Hertie School, co-wrote the book Growth and Welfare in Advanced Capitalist Economies: How Have Growth Regimes Evolved?, recently published by Oxford University Press. The volume was discussed by distinguished scholars from CIVICA universities in a webinar on 29 March 2021. We asked the authors a few questions.

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French Graduate Admissions: Tips for the Interview

French Graduate Admissions: Tips for the Interview

You applied for a Master’s programme at Sciences Po via the French procedure* and have been pre-selected? Congratulations! Next step: the interview. This final stage of the admissions procedure will take place remotely between 19 April and 30 April 2021 (from 13 April for the Journalism School only). For many students, the interview can be the most stressful element of their application: what kind of profile are we looking for, how can you demonstrate your motivation, how best defend your ideas? Preparation is key! We've laid out some simple guidelines to help get you succeed in this final stretch.

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