On November 24, 2019, Frédéric Mion, President of Sciences Po, gave a lecture entitled “Future of Higher Education in the 21st Century: Global Mindset, Student Mobility, and the Importance of Social Sciences” at the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) in Kuwait City, under the lecture series “KFAS Links.”
KFAS Links is a series of dynamic talks and panel discussions held at KFAS throughout the year, featuring distinguished speakers on a variety of topics related to science, technology, and innovation.
During this lecture, President Mion discussed a new era of international education, focusing on the internationalization of educational content, diversity, encouraging international mobility, scientific diplomacy, and bridging the gap between hard and social sciences – a critical combination necessary to training future generations to address today’s most pressing world challenges.
He also highlighted the international transformation of Sciences Po to its current ranking of #3 in the world for Politics & International Studies (QS Rankings).
“Social sciences and the humanities are key subjects which young people need to master in order to prepare for an uncertain future. Whatever the challenges our students will face in the future, be they technological transformations, climate change, conflict resolution or welfare state disintegration; whatever path our graduates will embrace, as engineers, policy makers, business leaders, scientists or journalists: their greatest asset will be their ability to think critically and ethically. Technical knowledge is perishable — it proves only too soon to be outdated. Our aim is to equip our students with those analytical skills and human qualities which will enable them to face challenges which we simply cannot imagine today, to be prepared for the unforeseeable if and when the unforeseeable happens, as we have seen it do time and again within our own lifetime.” – Frédéric Mion