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Sciences Po and Africa

The links between Sciences Po and Sub-saharan Africa have been strong, diverse and fruitful for many years now.

When it comes to teaching, we can mention the "Europe-Africa" programme offered on the Reims campus since 2011. At the graduate level, 250 students are following an “African” geographical specialization at the School of International Affairs. Dedicated programmes are offered as well by the Urban School, the School of Research and Executive Education.

Sciences Po has a network of 27 partner universities from 17 countries, through which about fifty students can go on exchange each year and vice versa. There are also  double degree programmes with African universities and Sciences Po also opened a permanent office in Nairobi in 2018.

Today, around 350 African students (representing 33 nationalites) study on our campuses, and associations and alumni circles have been set up around Africa-related subjects.

A scholarship programme specially dedicated to students from sub-Saharan Africa has been initiated by the Mastercard Foundation, allowing nearly 140 students from African countries to enter Sciences Po.

In terms of research, the Center for International Studies (CERI) runs a research group and research programmes and launched the journal Politique africaine. The Center for History, the department of Economics, the Law School for Research Center and the Medialab host several Africa specialists as well.

Hear from the actors of these programmes and all those who keep alive the strong and diverse links between Sciences Po and Africa.

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18.05.2022
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Mariama Sow: "I have never been afraid of difference"

For the third year of her Bachelor's degree - and before joining the dual master's degree in Corporate and Public Management offered by Sciences Po and HEC Paris - Mariama Dalanda Sow chose to do an academic exchange at the prestigious Strathmore Business School in Nairobi. The 21-year-old student tells us about her experience and her desire to use it to make an impact in Guinea, her home country.

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18.05.2022
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Africa

Mariama Sow: "I have never been afraid of difference"

For the third year of her Bachelor's degree - and before joining the dual master's degree in Corporate and Public Management offered by Sciences Po and HEC Paris - Mariama Dalanda Sow chose to do an academic exchange at the prestigious Strathmore Business School in Nairobi. The 21-year-old student tells us about her experience and her desire to use it to make an impact in Guinea, her home country.

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28.04.2022
Africa

Amadou Diallo : “I saw that there were many people who supported me and who continue to support me”

Born in Guinea, Amadou Diallo moved to Greece at the age of 16 to flee the political instability of his country and the persecutions suffered by members of his ethnic group. Now a student at Sciences Po, he tells us about his career and his dream of taking part in the development of the African continent.

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28.04.2022
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Amadou Diallo : “I saw that there were many people who supported me and who continue to support me”

Born in Guinea, Amadou Diallo moved to Greece at the age of 16 to flee the political instability of his country and the persecutions suffered by members of his ethnic group. Now a student at Sciences Po, he tells us about his career and his dream of taking part in the development of the African continent.

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27.04.2022
Africa

Babacar Seck: "No university can succeed without its Alumni”

Originally from Dakar, Senegal, and Auvergne, France, Babacar Seck completed his university studies at Sciences Po, first in the Le Havre campus of the Undergraduate College and then in Paris to pursue his studies with the Master in Finance and Strategy. Today, he is an investment manager at Proparco and President of Sciences Po’s Cercle Afrique. He tells us about his career and his dedication to the African continent.

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27.04.2022
Africa

Babacar Seck: "No university can succeed without its Alumni”

Originally from Dakar, Senegal, and Auvergne, France, Babacar Seck completed his university studies at Sciences Po, first in the Le Havre campus of the Undergraduate College and then in Paris to pursue his studies with the Master in Finance and Strategy. Today, he is an investment manager at Proparco and President of Sciences Po’s Cercle Afrique. He tells us about his career and his dedication to the African continent.

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20.04.2022
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Politique Africaine: "Analyzing Africa from the bottom up"

Founded in 1980 by Jean-François Bayart alongside a dozen other researchers - including several members of Sciences Po’s Center for International Studies (CERI) - Politique Africaine has always striven to offer a novel perspective on Africa, one which is both more inventive and grassroots-oriented. Publication director Sandrine Perrot spoke to us about the vision and editorial direction of the journal, one that has been supported by Sciences Po since day one.

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20.04.2022
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Politique Africaine: "Analyzing Africa from the bottom up"

Founded in 1980 by Jean-François Bayart alongside a dozen other researchers - including several members of Sciences Po’s Center for International Studies (CERI) - Politique Africaine has always striven to offer a novel perspective on Africa, one which is both more inventive and grassroots-oriented. Publication director Sandrine Perrot spoke to us about the vision and editorial direction of the journal, one that has been supported by Sciences Po since day one.

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25.03.2022
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Alex Mutura: "Going on a foreign exchange was the best decision I ever made"

Kenya native Alex Mutura is a student in Sciences Po's Europe-Africa undergraduate program, majoring in economics and societies. Last year – despite the ongoing pandemic – Mutura embarked on a five-month academic exchange at South Africa’s Stellenbosch University. He shares his experience below.

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25.03.2022
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Alex Mutura: "Going on a foreign exchange was the best decision I ever made"

Kenya native Alex Mutura is a student in Sciences Po's Europe-Africa undergraduate program, majoring in economics and societies. Last year – despite the ongoing pandemic – Mutura embarked on a five-month academic exchange at South Africa’s Stellenbosch University. He shares his experience below.

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16.03.2022
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Research on Africa: Spotlight on Economics

Benjamin Marx and Golvine de Rochambeau are both researchers at the Department of Economics. Benjamin Marx studies political economy and Golvine de Rochambeau specialises in the development of small and medium-sized entreprises in Africa, among other subjects.

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16.03.2022
Africa

Research on Africa: Spotlight on Economics

Benjamin Marx and Golvine de Rochambeau are both researchers at the Department of Economics. Benjamin Marx studies political economy and Golvine de Rochambeau specialises in the development of small and medium-sized entreprises in Africa, among other subjects.

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04.03.2022
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Hawa Diallo: "The diaspora has a crucial role to play in Guinea's development"

After spending the first part of her career as an international financial auditor, Hawa Diallo enrolled in the Executive Master's program "Development Policies and Management - Potential Africa" at Sciences Po Executive Education, where she laid the groundwork for a new career in the Guinean public administration.

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04.03.2022
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Hawa Diallo: "The diaspora has a crucial role to play in Guinea's development"

After spending the first part of her career as an international financial auditor, Hawa Diallo enrolled in the Executive Master's program "Development Policies and Management - Potential Africa" at Sciences Po Executive Education, where she laid the groundwork for a new career in the Guinean public administration.

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22.02.2022
Africa

“I gained an openness to other cultures": Meet Ofure Emmanuel Elomien

Student Ofure Elomien from Nigeria studied for sixth months on the Sciences Po Paris campus in the context of an academic exchange. In this written account, he describes his experience—formative and inspirational—between a newfound openness to new cultures and awareness of the key issues of the African continent.

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22.02.2022
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“I gained an openness to other cultures": Meet Ofure Emmanuel Elomien

Student Ofure Elomien from Nigeria studied for sixth months on the Sciences Po Paris campus in the context of an academic exchange. In this written account, he describes his experience—formative and inspirational—between a newfound openness to new cultures and awareness of the key issues of the African continent.

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15.02.2022
Africa

Racheal Lawrence: Educating Nigeria’s Future Generations

Ever since she was a child, Racheal Lawrence has dreamed of contributing to the development of her country: Nigeria. Today, as a graduate of the Paris School of International Affairs’ Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action, she is pursuing this goal by working to enable the education of future generations of Nigerians. Meet this ambitious and socially involved alumna.

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15.02.2022
Africa

Racheal Lawrence: Educating Nigeria’s Future Generations

Ever since she was a child, Racheal Lawrence has dreamed of contributing to the development of her country: Nigeria. Today, as a graduate of the Paris School of International Affairs’ Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action, she is pursuing this goal by working to enable the education of future generations of Nigerians. Meet this ambitious and socially involved alumna.

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