Projects and partnerships

In order to create even more space for sharing experiences, group discussion and the development of joint projects, Sciences Po is developing a partnership policy for pedagogy on both a national and international level.

National Partners

Pedagogy Projects at the Université Sorbonne Paris Cité

At the end of 2015, eight innovative projects led by Sciences Po were selected for funding by the Excellence Initiative (IDEX) of the Université Sorbonne Paris Cité (USPC). These projects share a commitment to digital innovation, a desire to encourage students to be proactive in their own education, a willingness to create links with external partners, and in the long term, a mission to address the needs of the general public.

Sciences Po presented the results of these eight initiatives at the end of 2016 during an event entitled “New Pedagogies in Action: Sharing the Results of Innovative Projects.” This event, which was open to both a national and international public, brought together teachers, students and other stakeholders to share their experiences related to these different initiatives, with the goal of developing new learning methods and new teaching practices. Three round tables were organized around the following subjects:

  • Make the student an actor in his or her own academic project
  • Off-campus learning: the structure of knowledge on the Web and on the ground
  • Support for educators’ innovative pedagogical projects

The projects “Core Economics”, “Khartis” and the “Virtual Museum of Justice” continue in 2017, deploying new features, developing materials, and exploring new methods.

Reports :

The Support Service for Innovative Pedagogy and Digital Learning of the Université Sorbonne Paris Cité

The Support Service for Innovative Pedagogy and Digital Learning of the Université Sorbonne Paris Cité (SAPIENS) offers training for all academic staff of USPC, the stakeholders of this service. The professors of Sciences Po are invited to attend these training sessions, of which certain are co-led by Sciences Po’s pedagogic engineers.
For more information (in French)

 The Handicap Project with McGill University

In partnership with McGill University (Canada), Sciences Po is leading a research-training project on the development of innovative pedagogic methods relating to the treatment of cognitive and psychological difficulties in higher education. This partnership project has received an award from the Samuel de Champlain Programme and has received funding from the Franco-Quebecois Council for Academic Cooperation for the years 2017 and 2018.

International Partners

  • Alliance Program: Columbia University, Sciences Po, Polytechnique, Paris Panthéon Sorbonne. As a member of this partnership, Sciences Po is developing active pedagogy projects and is participating in the development of an annual conference on pedagogic practices in higher education
  • Partnership between Sciences Po and the National University of Singapore: “Joint Innovative Projects in Higher Education.” Under the auspices of a USPC project, the two universities are working on the development of an e-portfolio to support the intercultural collaboration of first year students.
  • CREATES is a strategic partnership between six European universities (Leuphana University Luneburg as the coordinating institution, the University of Freiburg, King’s College London, Maastricht University, Sciences Po Paris and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa). Founded by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ program, the objective of the partnership is to enhance practices in Higher Education that foster co-creation and an engaging and tailored education for students, encouraging them to take ownership of their studies. To this end, CREATES aims to develop and disseminate materials, so-called Intellectual Outputs that are accompanied by multiplier events as well as training events. Four of the seven Intellectual Outputs are toolkits that will give practical answers to questions such as “How to design, implement and assess courses which are co-created by students?” and “How to provide effective advising for sound curricular choices?”. The goal is to produce materials that prove useful for teachers, advisors and students in Higher Education. In addition, three Outputs – such as academic and position papers – will reach out to further audiences (decision-makers at Higher Education institutions, researchers and policy-makers) and inform about the relevance of this kind of education.