Independence of Mind and A Forthright Tone

Independence of Mind and A Forthright Tone

“In French, we would say Gérard Araud est très cash”, concluded Frédéric Mion, President of Sciences Po, towards the end of his introduction of the experienced diplomat. The phrase referred to the former Ambassador’s famously blunt honesty, which is something that made him a uniquely insightful guest at the conference that took place on the occasion of the launch of his memoirs, titled Diplomatic Passport: 40 Years at the Quai d’Orsay (FR). Organised by the Paris School of International Affairs, the event allowed students to have their most pressing questions about diplomacy and international relations answered by a man whose career as a diplomat spanned nearly four decades.

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Student and parent: combining the two

Student and parent: combining the two

Sciences Po is proud to have been 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 discussed the actions taken by Sciences Po to advance gender equality, specifically work accomplished by the university on the question of parenthood. We share the inspiring story of one of our female students: Camille Viros, graduate of the Class of 2018, and mother of three children. 

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Jacques Chirac: Ambition and Flair

Jacques Chirac: Ambition and Flair

With the death of Jacques Chirac, a light goes out on a chapter of French political history and on one of Sciences Po’s most illustrious alumni. During his three years at the Institut d’études politiques, from 1951 to 1954, France’s former president would take his first strides into the dazzling career that was to follow.

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An Alumni Success Story of Entrepreneurship in Mumbai

An Alumni Success Story of Entrepreneurship in Mumbai

Antonia Achache and Jérémie Sabbagh are the proud founders of Suzette and Kitchen Garden, a chain of restaurants in Mumbai. Suzette, a French crêperie, and Kitchen Garden, an organic salad and sandwich bar, are well known by the young urban crowd and expats for their trendy and healthy cuisine, which is not always easy to find in the bustling city! 

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Disability: Breaking The Taboo

Disability: Breaking The Taboo

Marie-Line Séférian finished her Master’s in International Security at the School of International Affairs (PSIA) in 2018. Since then she has earnt a place in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs through a recruitment stream specifically for people with disabilities. She will start working there as a Secretary of Foreign Affairs. She describes her journey from Sciences Po up until now,  including her work abroad, and the Competitive Exam Preparation classes which she did for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

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An Early Alumnus from Across the Channel

An Early Alumnus from Across the Channel

Since its opening in 1872, Sciences Po has welcomed thousands of British students from neighbouring universities across the Channel. Among the very first Brits to enrol at the university was Sir Austen Chamberlain, an ambitious Cambridge graduate with a brilliant future in European diplomacy. Best known for his role negotiating the Locarno Treaties, for which he was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, Chamberlain held the position of Foreign Secretary in the inter-war years from 1924 – 1929. What did he take away from his time as the only British student in Sciences Po’s Class of 1886, and how was that to shape his policy during such a pivotal period in Europe’s history?

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"Tech leaders ought to study the humanities"

Maëlle Gavet, Sciences Po alumna, was awarded the 2019 alumni award from the Sciences Po American Foundation. Gavet graduated from Sciences Po in 2002, and today is the Chief Operating Officer of Compass, a real estate technology company building an end-to-end platform for agents and their clients.

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Giving Afghan Women A Voice

Giving Afghan Women A Voice

Samina Ansari graduated from PSIA in 2018 and is currently the Executive Director at the Women’s Centre at the American University of Afghanistan. Whilst looking into gender studies, she realised that women were rarely at the heart of conflict resolution and the rebuilding of countries torn apart by war. This translated directly to her own country, Afghanistan, and it was this which inspired her to return and to firmly cement the role of women in the country’s peace negotiations with the Taliban. 

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From Sciences Po to the European Parliament

From Sciences Po to the European Parliament

Charlotte Nørlund-Matthiessen did her undergraduate studies on the Dijon campus, which hosts the European specialisation programme with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe, before enrolling in the European Affairs Master’s programme at Sciences Po. Since graduating in 2012, she has worked on multiple projects inspired by her drive to build a stronger Europe. Today she works as a Parliamentary Assistant for a French MEP at the European Parliament in Brussels.

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