Because our relationship with knowledge is changing, Sciences Po must continue to experiment and transform its teaching methods. The educational needs of tomorrow’s leaders are less about standard recipes and analytical frameworks than the ability to invent solutions to complex problems in uncertain environments.
Grounding education in collective practices
Sciences Po seeks to develop students’ critical thinking through new forms of group learning, such as team projects and the negotiation simulations that take place several times a year on different campuses. Experimentation with flipped classrom methods is also very popular with students.
Developing innovative, practicable solutions
As a spinoff of the One Planet Summit, the School of Public Affairs, Columbia SIPA in New York, Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Professional Certificate. This certificate course aims to train future decision-makers at the international level on the challenges of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDOs) and how to facilitate meeting them.
The ecological transition is also the focus of The Great Transition, a project led by the School of Management and Innovation in collaboration with social innovation organisations in the Paris Region. After a first semester of research-led teaching, the Great Challenge in the second semester gets students developing solutions with an entrepreneurial perspective.
Public Policy Incubator
Led by the School of Public Affairs and École 42, the Incubator brings together students, researchers, and public and private partners who share a belief that the digital revolution is also a political revolution. This multidisciplinary programme acts like a policy lab, combining engineering, design, technology, and social sciences to transform policy-making through a focus on citizens’ experience. It covers the complete cycle of innovation, from the creative stage (using methods such as design thinking or events such as hackathons) to completion of a functional, well-designed product (programme, application, etc.) that may lead to a startup.
The aim of the Law Clinic, initiated by the Sciences Po Law School, is to merge theory with practice by inviting students to work on real public interest cases, with companies, institutions or associations.