From Sciences Po to the European Parliament

Hear from Charlotte, a Sciences Po alumna and European Parliamentary Assistant
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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 Brussel

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Laurent Rieder de Saint-Joseph, from a Master in Public Policy to Retail and Brand Management

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Discover the path of Laurent Rieder de Saint-Joseph. Since obtaining his Master in Public policy, Laurent successfully secured management positions at Christian Dior and Richard Mille between Paris and London. He is now in charge of the UK flagship of Bulgari, the Italian jeweller and member of the LVMH group.

Can you describe your academic and professional background?

I am genuinely curious, and always made sure to nurture a very diverse background. I was first granted a scientific French baccalaureate. I then joined highly demanding Classes Préparatoires littéraires, and later studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the University of Oxford. Sciences Po definitely completed these Humanities I would recommend to all.

What were the main stages of building your career plan?

When you design a career plan, while you do your best to plan as much as you can, you always face unexpected opportunities. Embrace them even if you are unsure or fail! I worked hard to build a solid academic background, but consistently mixed it with professional and extracurricular activities - internships, summer jobs, practicing sports and the saxophone, travelling, valuing social gatherings. This mix is key if you want to balance your life at an age when it is easy to run away from responsibilities.

What advice would you give to a student who would engage, as you did, in a apprenticeship ?

The apprenticeship Sciences Po offers is the best way to find out what the real world is like. It should actually be generalised to all students who would then have better knowledge and skills once being fully employed. The advice I would give is to dare and explain to Sciences Po why your project deserves to be acknowledged and supported.

What are the main features of your job today?

The luxury goods industry can be quite distant from a Master and a career in our public service. However, adapting yourself in environments which, and working with teams who are multicultural, are definitely rewarding experiences. My main responsibilities include leading and developing high-performance teams within a luxury environment, dealing with high-calibre clients, collaborating with multi stakeholders, designing commercial and marketing strategies while delivering uncompromising service. These also involve a duty and passion to transmit the unique heritage of magnificent Houses.

What were the contributions of your training to the function that you hold today?

Sciences Po helped me acquire an economical and commercial awareness. The school also has an unrivalled reputation for cultural knowledge. This ability to apprehend the world moving around you is what makes you exceed your goals, and have fun!

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"Working in International Organisations", view the full conference

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The School of Public Affairs and The Paris School of International Affairs were pleasead to receive:

  • Marco PASQUALINI, Prevention of Violent Extremism Through Education-UNESCO, Junior Professional Officer (JPO)
  • Pina VALERIA ROOS, Human Resources Officer, UNESCO , United Nations Young Professional Programme (YPP)
  • Olivier ADAM, UNV Executive Coordinator, United Nations Volunteers Programme (UNV)
  • Oda MIDBOE, PSIA Student, Master in International Security, 3rd semester Internship at the UN General Assembly Affairs Branch in New-York

Introduction and moderation by Anne-Marie MASKAY, Head of the Division for International Civil Servants, French Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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Pasts and futures of the Left. Learning from history, rethinking progressivism

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For the first time this semester, the School of Public Affairs offered the course “Pasts and futures of the Left. Learning from history, rethinking progressivism” taught by Ed Miliband, Member of the UK Parliament and former leader of Labour Party and Jenny Andersson, CNRS Research Professor and researcher at CEE.

The course combined historical perspectives on the political theory and economy of the Left in Europe and the US with perspectives on contemporary debates that define Leftist thinking. The course set actual experience of politics in theoretical light, mixing historical analysis with concrete innovative policy ideas for the future. On a weekly basis students had the opportunity to meet and discuss with Jenny Andersson and Ed Miliband to tackle  different key issues for the Left and not only: among others, environmental protection, inequalities, globalization.

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Sciences Po and the IPLI Foundation co-organise a merit-based competition open to our Master in European Affairs students

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Sciences Po and the IPLI Foundation, which supports research projects dedicated to public policy in Europe, have joined forces to co-organise a merit-based competition open to students of the School of Public Affairs' Master in European Affairs programme. This competition will share the vision and ideas that these students present regarding the future of European integration.

Like in the Age of Enlightenment, the applicants will be asked to answer the following question: "How can the desire for independence of European nations be explained when the interdependence between them is the strongest it has ever been in the European Union?" They will be writing an article of several pages in English.

A jury will select three winners in the Spring, each of whom will be awarded a €5,000 scholarship by the IPLI Foundation.

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Enhancing Policy making in the Western Balkans

A School of Public affairs programme for young civil servants
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For the third year, Sciences Po School of Public Affairs hosts from the 3rd to the 14th of December, 2018, a delegation of 30 young civil servants from six countries of the Western Balkans: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Republic of Macedonia and Serbia.

This executive training, the "EU Scheme for Young Professionals in the Western Balkans", takes place in the context of the Berlin process and in the framework of the European Union’s Connectivity Agenda for the Western Balkans. 

It aims to contribute accelerating the accession process and to deepen regional cooperation in the Western Balkans. Its main intention is to bring updated insights about EU policy making and best practices for administration reforms and cooperation process, connecting the participants with the key actors of those fields, both among European and international organisations and national administration and Parliament.

What could be expected of such a transnational training programme? Answers with Pierre Mirel, Director Western Balkans at the European Commission from 2006 to 2013), who has met with the participants. 

What is the current state of relations between the European Union and the Western Balkans?

PM : Looking at a map is striking: Western Balkan countries are an enclave in Europe, surrounded by member states. Their stability is therefore part of our security. That was precisely the purpose of the Stabilisation and Association Process, with membership perspective, offered by the EU after the Balkans wars and agreed at the Thessaloniki summit in 2003. 15 years later, only Croatia has joined the EU. Montenegro and Serbia are engaged in accession negotiations, which should be opened also with Albania and Macedonia in 2019. Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo are in an early pre accession phase, the latter even not recognised by 5 member states. 

Their economic integration with the EU is at 70%, thanks to the Association agreements. But the overall socio economic development is weak, with high unemployment and a brain as well as skilled workers drain on the rise. The continued weakness of the rule of law, widespread corruption and the lack of effective checks and balances, including by the parliaments and the media, concur to a disillusionment of citizens. This situation, as portrayed by the European commission in a communication on 6 February 2018, entails the risk of external destabilising influences; unresolved bilateral issues and minority’s claims offering additional opportunities. Hence the re engagement of the EU at the Sofia summit in May, along the European commission proposed six flagship initiatives and building on the Berlin process.

What has the Berlin process already achieved?

PM : Launched in 2014 by Chancellor Merkel, the Berlin process initially focussed on ‘connectivity’ in transport and energy, badly needed in the WB and also as a response to increasing investments from China and Russia. A multi annual Action plan for a Regional Economic Area was afterwards agreed at the Trieste summit in 2017. The necessary involvement of civil society and of solving bilateral issues quietly was emphasised at the Vienna summit in 2015. The Paris one in 2016 focussed on Youth exchange. At all these meetings, rule of law related reforms were the overarching principle, not least for an investment climate conducive to economic growth.

These agreements were encompassed in the six flagship initiatives, endorsed at Sofia and by the June European Council, on the rule of law, security and migration, good neighbourly relations and reconciliation, connectivity, socio-economic development and digital agenda. So, the WB have now a clear reform and investment programme, with the reinforced support of the EU. The next summit, scheduled in Poland in July 2019, will take stock of the progress.

What does such a group of civil servants look for in this EU focussed programme?

This group is at Sciences Po as part of a three-year pilot programme for young professionals in the WB, which was decided at the Paris summit in 2016. This is the third edition. Its objective was two-fold: to introduce tools and policies useful in their work in the EU accession context, and to get acquainted with best practices from France and other European countries. The focus is therefore on EU accession related reforms, such as public administration, financial planning and sustainability, internal security and ecological transition. The training methods aim also at developing negotiation and communication skills, notably through role plays. Discussions with practitioners, including through visits, constitute also an important part of the programme.

Which main outcomes can be expected?

A direct outcome would be to have a much better understanding of what EU related reforms and EU membership entail for the governments and civil servants, and to introduce new working methods in their work back home. In that context, lessons from previous accessions and current issues impacting the process, on both the EU and WB sides, are essential.

Another expected outcome is to contribute to mutual understanding between these young civil servants who, in spite of sharing identical tasks in the context of similar accession paths, come from countries where deep nationalist rhetoric, or blame game with neighbours, are often used, which tend to reinforce old prejudices. By being together for several weeks, participating in role plays and sharing common countries accession issues, should help them developing good personal relations indeed. It is hoped that this should facilitate direct contacts in their career, in particular when their countries may be faced with difficult relationship. This is, I am convinced, the most important outcome of the programme.

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The Euro-Atlantic solidarity against terrorism

Precious Insight into a Pressing Issue
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On Thursday, November 8, the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs welcomed Bernard Cazeneuve, former Minister of the Interior and former Prime Minister of France, and Jeh Johnson, former United States Secretary of Homeland Security, for a conference on "The Euro-Atlantic Solidarity Against Terrorism". We interviewed one of our students for feedback on this event. Antoine de La Roche Kerandraon, in the first year of his Master's degree in Public Policy, with specialisation in Security and Defence, has accepted to answer our questions.

Can you first tell us about the context in which this meeting took place?

ALR: Mr. Cazeneuve has offered a fascinating course this semester - on the fight against terrorism in France! Security and Defence students are usually the only ones who can register for this course, which is unfortunate given the importance of the issue. Every semester, Mr. Cazeneuve would invite a guest lecturer to the school, thereby opening his teaching to a wider audience. This conference is indeed a course of its own, and not a mere supplement to his course. This semester, Mr. Cazeneuve brought in Mr. Johnson. We couldn't have asked for better! 

What themes were of particular interest to you?

ALR: There were so many! Let me focus on the new challenge that is raised by reticular terrorism - or homegrown terrorism. It exists in the United States as well as in our country and fundamentally changes the situation for the Department of Homeland Security, as it was precisely intended to prevent the infiltration of terrorists into the American territory. The threat from people born in the United States had not been anticipated - nor in France, for that matter. 

Both speakers of the conference being lawyers by profession, they also spoke at length about the balance between the respect of rights and law enforcement. I particularly enjoyed this part of the conference: I find that it is too often forgotten - namely in the public debate - that terrorism threats can also come from the State itself. 

In short, I think that this event was beneficial for all, including those outside the academic community. It enabled a better understanding of the modalities of the fight against terrorism outside the French framework and of the common challenges that we and our allies face.

What will you remember most about this conference? 

ALR: The particular way in which Mr. Johnson took our questions: he came down from the stage to stand directly in front of the student asking the question. It was terribly intimidating! But I think many of us appreciated his flamboyant and "out of the box" ways that made our exchanges all the more frank.

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The second edition of the Sciences Po Review of Public Affairs is online!

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The School of Public Affairs is pleased to announce the release of the second edition of the Sciences Po Review of Public Affairs

No fewer than 28 authors from the School of Public Affairs, the Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA), the Doctoral School have participated in its production. Following its founding goals, the Review illustrates the diversity and the richness of public affairs at national, European and international levels. 

We wish you a pleasant reading!

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Thinking of applying to the School of Public Affairs?

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On Monday 17 December 2018, one student from the School of Public Affairs and Yann Algan, the School of Public Affairs dean answered questions from prospective students during a live interview.

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Claude Erignac Prize 2019 : Call for submissions

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As a tribute to the memory and to uphold the values of the Prefect Claude Érignac, assassinated in February 1998, the Claude Érignac association organises each year, in partnership with Sciences Po, the Claude Érignac Prize. 

This prize of 5 000 euros is awarded for a student project highlighting the contribution of a French public institution or figure, to the common good.

The Claude Érignac Prize 2018 was awarded to Luca Vergallo, Master's student in Public Policy, for his project developing an innovative method of interaction with public emergency services and raising awareness of crisis management and communication, during a ceremony held at the Senate.

Open to students studying for a Master's at Sciences Po (first or second year of graduate studies, gap year included).

Deadline for applications: 26th November 2018 at 12.30 pm

>> Click here for conditions and how to apply 

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International admissions are now open

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International admissions for the 2019 intake are now open!

Should you need further information on the admission criteria and procedure, please do not hesitate to visit our admissions website.

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Get involved with the third edition of the simulation "Richelieu 3.0 - maritime strategy"

September, 19th 2018
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Resembling more than 50 students and three institutions - Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, HEC, Mines ParisTech – this year’s challenge was to create a "Station M", a fictional incubator in Marseille using new technologies to address the challenges of the protection of the common goods in the Mediterranean Sea, turning France into a "maritime start-up nation". According to the simulation model developed by the FORCCAST project, this scenario involves confronting political, socio-economic and scientific controversies around the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

After a preparatory conference the day before, all through the day, the students were projected into a series of situations originating from the roles they were incarnating, for instance as politicians, high civil servants, large firms, SMEs and start-ups, associations, Mediterranean actors, etc.


At the end of the day, students were able to present the results of their negotiations to a jury composed of François Baroin, former Minister, Philippe Louis-Dreyfus, President of the Louis-Dreyfus Armateurs group and Fabrice Le Saché, vice-president and spokesperson of the MEDEF.

This simulation is part of the development of the Policy Lab activities of the School of Public Affairs. It also encourages us to reflect on this reflection given to the Cardinal and French Statesman Richelieu: “The tears of our sovereigns have the salted taste of the sea that they ignored.


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Student and parent: combining the two

Camille Viros, mother of three daughters, graduated in June 2018 with her Master’s degree from the School of Public Affairs
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Sciences Po is proud to be 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 will discuss actions taken by Sciences Po to advance gender equality, specifically work accomplished by the university on the question of parenthood. To mark the occasion, we are sharing the inspiring story of one of our female students: Camille Viros, recent graduate of the Class of 2018, and  mother of three children. How does she balance her student and family life? Read the interview on her experience at Sciences Po.

You have just graduated from the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, and you are also a parent. Does it feel like an even greater achievement to have combined the two?

I think I am a graduate like any other and I do not feel more special. It is true that studying and having children can be challenging at times, but everyone has his or her own special circumstances that can complicate and/or enrich being a student.

What has been the greatest challenge about being a parent and student? Were there some pleasant surprises? Were you supported by your peers?

The main challenge was probably juggling family obligations with three small children and a full-time master’s programme with all the constraints it can have (essays to write, group assignments to coordinate, exams to prepare). I found it was not so different than being a working mother, but with the added difficulty of often having to study after the children’s bedtime or during weekends. Once I had found the right balance between my personal and student life, it became much easier.

There were also many nice things about being a student and a parent. For example, my girls would love to tell their teachers and friends that their mum was also going to school. I was also able to organise my classes at Sciences Po to be able to pick my girls up from school most days, and could often make myself available to assist parent-teacher meetings at my girls’ school. I also felt supported by professors at Sciences Po. Once I had to take one of my girls to the emergency room the same day a paper was due. With my husband away on a business trip, it was impossible for me to finish my paper on time. I explained the situation to my professor and he gave me an extension. 

Are there preconceived ideas or stereotypes around student-parents?

I did not feel at all judged by other students and did not find there were any negative stereotypes about being a parent-student at Sciences Po. Other students were often surprised when I told them I had three children, but they never put me in an awkward position – quite the contrary. I think there are more positive stereotypes about parents than negative ones. Other students often suggested that parents are well organised, efficient, and able to multi-task. I also think students with children can help promote greater acceptance and understanding of parenthood in the workplace in general, by showing fellow students that parents can be just as successful.  

Did you meet other student-parents during your studies? Is there a community at Sciences Po?

Yes I did meet other parents during my year at Sciences Po. In my MPA (Master in Public Affairs) class of 27 people there were four other parents, two fathers and two mothers. It was really great to meet other people in the same situation as me and we often joked about our parenthood stories, like having to deal with a sleep-resistant child while trying to finish a paper for a midnight deadline. There is no official community per se but Sciences Po has a very active gender equality unit. It also organises a yearly event called “Sciences Mômes”, a Parent-Child Day when staff and students can bring their children to the Paris campus. Group reflection on parenting issues is also organised for this occasion. I think it is really great that Sciences Po organises such events and it certainly made me feel part of a community.

What advice would you give to future students who are also parents?

Be organised! Try to gather people around you that you can count on and who can be on call: your partner, a grandparent, a nanny, etc. If you want to follow a programme at Sciences Po, just give it a go and have no reservations about doing it with children. It will be intense and demanding, but you’ll manage and it will be one of the most enriching experiences of your life. And besides, Paris is a fantastic city for children, with lots of international schools, day-care services, and an amazing healthcare system. 
 Good luck! And don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need any help or advice!

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A new semester focused on supporting the professional goals of our second year Master's students!

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With the ambition to boost and support our M2 students in developing their career plans, the School of Public Affairs has set up in 2017 a community of careers advisors: public and private figures, whose main mission is to listen to, guide and advise each student on their career prospects.


Educating our students is the core of our School and we consider this professional accompaniment to be as important as the fundamental knowledge transmitted as part of the School's masters courses.


The Welcome meeting for our Master 2 students took place on Wednesday, September 5th in the form of meetings between the students and the career advisors which they were allotted for the whole academic year.

We warmly thank all of this community for their commitment to our students !

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Social and Urban Innovation in Paris: Discover our Summer School The Biopolis

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For the 3rd year in a row, Harvard, CRI and the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs will bring together 50 students to participate in the Summer School "The Biopolis", with the goal of rethinking social and urban innovation in the city of Paris. For 2 months (June and July), 12 international and inter-university groups will imagine the city of tomorrow and will present their final projects at the end of July on their concrete solutions to improve social and urban life in Paris.

The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) defined by the United Nations, provide the general framework for the Summer School, setting the priority issues and the most urgent global challenges.

This year, the main themes of the Summer School "The Biopolis" are health and employment. These projects seek to enhance both the city's infrastructure and the socio-intellectual capital of its residents.

The notion of collective contribution to improve a living environment corresponds to the evolution of a population, such as bacteria in a colony, cells of a tissue, or the animals in an ecosystem.

The city can be compared to a living system where the students build biological metaphors to help develop their projects. They explore the links between biology, engineering, design and social sciences with the aim of developing concrete and innovative solutions to the major challenges facing the city of Paris. The goal ? Put more than 3 billion years of biological evolution toward the benefit of innovative projects.

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CORE: A different way to study economics

A new manual to better understand the world we live in
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In recent years, students and teachers alike have come to realize that there is an insufficient culture and knowledge of economics in our society. The study of economics and the reality of how our world operates differ enormously. This realization led to the creation of CORE, a new course and manual developed by professors of economics from around the world, including Yann Algan at Sciences Po. The goal of this course: to show that economic tools, often considered too abstract and theoretical, can help solve real-world problems and crises.

"What is the most urgent issue that economists should address?" - "Inequalities!" shout students all around the world when prompted. But there is also climate change, financial instability, unemployment. Faced with these expectations, economics courses disappoint or even divert students from the subject.

"During the 2008 crisis,” explains Wendy Carlin, Professor of Economics and Macroeconomics at UCL and co-author of CORE, “economics students were embarrassed: they went home to celebrate the holidays and when their families asked them for explanations, they were unable to give them any answers."

Too theoretical, too far removed from contemporary issues

It is from this observation that the CORE project was created in 2016 (CORE: Curriculum Open Access Resources in Economics): if citizens of the world are so critical vis-à-vis the economy, it is undoubtedly that the way it is being taught is partially responsible. "The teaching of economics is strongly questioned around the world, and particularly in France, because it is considered too theoretical, too far removed from major contemporary issues, and too reductive on human behavior", explains Yann Algan, Economist and Professor at Sciences Po and one of the authors of the project. CORE, “an open-access platform for anyone who wants to understand the economics of innovation, inequality, environmental sustainability, and more”, is led by a team of researchers and teachers from around the world, and already used in over a hundred universities in the world.

"The greatest resistance to change,” continues Yann Algan, “is the lack of alternatives. To make concrete changes, we needed a tool that could be immediately implemented in the classroom.” That is the objective of the CORE ebook, The Economy, a completely free online manual. The French version has just been published online; students from Sciences Po and the Toulouse School of Economics have been using it since last September.

Teach the economy as if the last 30 years had taken place

To better meet the expectations of students, this new method of teaching economics takes the opposite route of conventional textbooks, based on a simple idea: to study reality. First and foremost, the reality of human beings, who are able to both think of their own self-interest, but also capable of cooperating, and being generous. Oddly enough, this has little or nothing to do with the abstract homo economicus depicted in traditional textbooks. The reality of today's world, which takes into account recent discoveries from economics research, addresses issues related to the environment, economic instability, and inequality. The reality of human and social science is not an isolated object but one that is enriched by the contributions of law, history, sociology. "We cannot understand a company if we ignore the power, politics or social law," notes Samuel Bowles, Arthur Spiegel Research Professor and Director of Behavioral Sciences Program at the Santa Fe Institute, and co-founder and author of CORE. “We have made fundamental changes in how we represent individuals, and how we represent our interactions.”

Thus reinvented, the study of economics turns to search for resolutions of the current problems we face. It does not limit itself to opposing the thinking and theories of the great economists, deemed forever irreconcilable: "We don’t want to juxtapose and compare economists’ views," explains Samuel Bowles. "We do pluralism by integration. We borrow heavily from great economists and create new paradigms."

About CORE: Curriculum Open-access Resources in Economics

CORE-based courses have already been taught as a general introduction to economics in more than 100 universities around the world. Since its launch in 2016, more than 60,500 users in 186 countries and more than 6,100 teachers in 131 countries have used CORE. The paper version of the English eBook has already been reissued six times to reflect demand. Translations into Farsi, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, as well as an adaptation for Southeast Asia are in preparation. An enriched website was launched in September 2017 and a new project adapted to an audience of non-specialists in economics was recently developed by 20 universities.

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SIPA hosts SDG Accelerator Workshop

May 2018
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In 2017 the Global Public Policy Network  created the first academic program to train emerging leaders to create solutions for the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals : The SDG Certificate*.


The one-year program includes a leadership module (at Sciences Po School of Public Affairs), a skills module (at Columbia SIPA in New York), SDG-oriented courses (at participants’ home schools), and presentation of an SDG final project and graduation from the program (at GPPN’s Annual Global Conference).


One the week of May, 25th 2018, SIPA hosted its unit of the program, known as the SDG Accelerator Workshop, welcoming four student teams comprising 18 students from Sciences Po, the Hertie School of Governance, the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy, and SIPA. Over the course of five days, attendees assessed their progress since the Paris unit and worked to move their projects from thematic concepts to operational plans.


Program highlights included skills workshops (devoted to stakeholder analysis and partnership building, logical framework analysis and monitoring and evaluation, and resource mobilization including business modeling and pitching), consultation with the UN and New York City government agencies, an introduction to financing for sustainable development.


* SIPA’s participants are designed as fellows in the GPPN SDG program

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Sustainable Development Goals Certificate: a Global Joint Programme

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Last week, the first cohort of students of the Sustainable Development Goals Professional Certificate programme met together for the first time to take part in the SDGs Leadership Seminar, organised by the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs.

As a member of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN), the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs offers the SDG Professional Certificate, a global joint programme providing innovative training and international collaboration on how to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Throughout the week, all 18 students met with public policy actors, international organizations, local associations and private sector representatives to gain a better understanding of the Sustainable Development Goals. To help them develop their own entrepreneurial projects related to the SDGs, they participated in design-thinking workshops, SDG Master Classes, and field work activities.

This international programme is composed of four member universities of the GPPN, in association with partners from the public and private sector as well as members from civil society:

  • Columbia SIPA, New York
  • Hertie School of Governance, Berlin
  • LKY School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, Paris

The SDG Professional Certificate allows students to develop entrepreneurial skills and to work with public policy students from participating GPPN universities. It provides an opportunity for students to develop concrete projects rooted in their local environments, and to showcase them to an international audience of academics, practitioners and policymakers specializing in the SDGs.

As part of the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda, having specialized knowledge and hands-on experience on how to meet the SDGs is in high demand from government agencies, international organizations, private companies and social sector at every scale.

See the full week programme (PDF, 1.2 Mo).

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Discover the first edition of the Sciences Po Review of Public Affairs!

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The School of Public Affairs has the great pleasure to announce the release of the first edition of the Sciences Po Review of Public Affairs!

The review is conceived as a multidisciplinary and resolutely bilingual projects, two traits inherent to our School.  The editorial committee, composed of Sciences Po students, seeks to assemble in this review a sampling of works concerning public affairs produced by Sciences Po students. These articles deal with law, economics, cultural policies, social policies, health policies, political philosophy and many more. 

The project is an initiative of the School of Public Affairs Association (AEAP). 

Although it is a project highlighting the work of students, in order to function successfully, it will also ensure high quality submissions. 

To accomplish this, the editorial committee collects and pre-selects the articles. They are then submitted to the scientific committee, composed of academics and representatives related to public affairs, which decides which submissions will be published.  

To read the first edition of the Review of Public Affairs, please click here.


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Support the future of the collaborative economy

New partnership between Airbnb and Sciences Po
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Airbnb and Sciences Po have today announced that Airbnb has joined Sciences Po Technology, Governance and Institutional Innovation Chair (TGII). Placed at the heart of Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, this chair aims to advance research and education in the digital field and empower French and international leaders in government and business to make informed decisions that will steer institutions in the digital age.

The Chair conducts research and sponsors specialised programs on three issues:

  • Digital economy and the transformation of organisations;
  • Policy and regulation 2.0;
  • Future of democracy and political activism in the digital age.

The partnership between Airbnb and Sciences Po, the first of its kind in Europe, will support research activities including research papers and policy briefs around specific themes addressing the digital economy. Airbnb and Sciences Po aim to foster a healthy debate around the future of the collaborative economy among Sciences Po’s network of European partners.

The partnership will also support educational activities, including the creation of a Master’s course on the sharing economy, and stimulate entrepreneurship through a student project that will aim to bring concrete solutions to a subject of public interest.

The Chair is led by Yann Algan, Dean of the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, Henri Bergeron, Sociologist, and Nicolas Colin, co-founder and partner of The Family.

Emmanuel Marill, General Manager for Airbnb in France, said:

A 21st century economy calls for 21st century policies. We are delighted to partner with such a prestigious academic institution as Sciences Po in order to help foster a healthy debate on the sharing economy and place France at the forefront of policy innovation. We hope future policies will harness the opportunities offered by the digital economy to empower people in ways that will benefit governments and local communities.

Yann Algan, Dean of the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, said:

We are delighted to welcome Airbnb as a new partner to this chair. Sciences Po wants to make the most of its expertise in social sciences in relationship with public and private partners to answer the many institutional questions brought about by the digital transition. This partnership between Airbnb and the School of Public Affairs will be a crucial contribution to research and higher education in the field of collaborative economy to enhance the common good.

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Support Datagora - a Start-up made in Sciences Po

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The School of Public Affairs is proud to introduce you to Datagora, a Start-up made in Sciences Po, which was born out of our Policy Lab and is today incubated at Sciences Po. The Datagora platform aims at democratizing the access to public statistics (ex: unemployment, elections, immigration, etc.) in order to feed the wider public debate. This initiative emerged in the context of the rising prominence of fake news as well as growing distrust by citizens of mainstream medias. 

Two students of the School of Public Affairs have recently launched the beta app (iPhone) of the platform and now want your feedback! They need you: in order to support them, you may download the iOS app and share your reaction / feedback by writing to them directly on

You may also follow them on Twitter Facebook and help them gain more visibility !

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Universities and youth united for the Sustainable Development Agenda
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Two years after the COP21, four leading public policy schools, Columbia SIPA, Hertie School of Governance Berlin, LKY School of Public Policy Singapore and Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, join with public, private and civil society stakeholders for the first academic program training young leaders towards the achievement of the SDGs: the Sustainable Development Goals Certificate

This program will be officially launched on December 11, 2017 at Sciences Po with the participation of the four Deans of these prestigious universities. International leaders and advocates will also share their vision of the 2030 Agenda and their commitment to the program.

What is the SDG Certificate?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Certificate trains young leaders to obtain the knowledge, skills and experience related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the period 2015-2030. This original one-year program was founded by the network of seven top schools in public affairs from around the world, the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN). Four prestigious schools from the Global Public Policy Network are participating in the first cohort:

  • Columbia SIPA (New York),
  • Hertie School of Governance (Berlin),
  • LKY School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore (Singapore),
  • Sciences Po School of Public Affairs (Paris).

This certificate aims to mobilize and integrate the institutional, public, private and non-governmental ecosystem that is committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

The event agenda will be available soon.

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The School of Public Affairs Association is back!

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The School of Public Affairs is proud to present the new office of the Association of Public Affairs School (AEAP) composed of almost twenty-five students from the different policy streams of the School.

Felix Fournier, President of AEAP; Wael Abdallah; Communication Coordinator and Katharina Mehrhardt, Head of Energy, Resources and Sustainable Development, tell you more about their ambitions to enhance your experience at Sciences Po School of Public Affairs.

What were your motivations for joining the AEAP?

Felix Fournier, President of AEAP

This year, we will follow the path set by the previous teams and offer all students the keys to making informed choices about their future careers by organizing events, after works and networking sessions. This obviously includes informative presentations on French civil service examinations, but also, more and more, all the private companies that work closely with the public sector. We also strive to reinforce School spirit around festive and informal events. We are committed to strengthening the integration of foreign students (who represent an important part of the School) by building links with French students, organizing visits of Parisian institutions and mixers. We are currently planning to organize a great event that would allow a merging of cultures represented within Sciences Po. We worked hard, moreover, to be representative within the Association of the diversity of the School of Public Affairs. Indeed, we enforce sex equality, our members come from the university college of Sciences Po as well as from other schools, they have eclectic educational and professional backgrounds and reflect the richness of Sciences Po.

Wael Abdallah, Communication Coordinator

When I decided to join the AEAP, I was still in Beirut, Lebanon, as an intern in an American peacebuilding organisation working in the middle east. Political and non-verbal communication is one of my greatest passions since I am in Sciences Po, which was a major motivation for me to take part into the AEAP as Communications Coordinator. I am deeply convinced associative activity is a major cause of Sciences Po’s outstanding reputation, as it makes us more aware of the diversity of the environment we study in. I previously took part in many associations and societies, be it in Menton (Sciences Po’s campus for the MENA region studies) or in Bath, UK, where I spent my Erasmus year.

Katharina Mehrhardt, , Head of Energy, Resources and Sustainable Development

The AEAP is a very strong and important link between the students of the different policy streams and the administration of the School of Public Affairs. As I am in charge of the “Energy, Resources and Sustainability” policy stream, I am given the opportunity to organise visits, conferences and after works bridging all the fields of this sector. I it a great pleasure for me to plan and carry out this kind of events, with such a cohesive and motivated team!

What are your priorities for the coming year? 

Felix Fournier

I have always wanted to commit myself to School life. However, I never really had the opportunity in the past. Luckily, Sciences Po associative life is quite diverse and offers a wide range of possibilities. With all the members of the Association, I chose to put all my efforts into developing student life, with constant concern of making Sciences Po School of Public Affairs’ reputation even better than it already is. The Association of the School of Public Affairs is indeed at the crossroads of school and professional world. We are committed to offering all students, with the help of the administration, a multitude of opportunities to meet professionals, experts, develop their network and open up to the world. Being allowed to stimulate such a dynamic within the Association is a real honor, but also a demanding mission. 

Wael Abdallah

The work of last year’s team paid off, because they understood how to adapt to the School’s evolutions. This year, in means of communication, we will focus on several points. First, be present on even more social networks, while reinforcing existing ones. Second, refresh the association’s website, redefine its role to reduce pressure on our Facebook page. Third, open-up even more to the international students (more than 30% this year), who are in constant increase in Sciences Po. Finally, we decided to reduce printing as much as possible, in order to be more respectful of the environment.

Katharina Mehrhardt

Regarding my policy stream, I emphasize on renewable sources of energy. It is important to make the voices of those who want energetic transition in France and Europe heard. As one of the only German in the Master in European Affairs in the AEAP, I believe I represent the international dimension of this association. I will therefore integrate a European perspective to the events I am planning to organise.

If you could invite anyone (alive or not) to one of your conference, who would that be?

Felix Fournier

I must say that I have always dreamed of meeting Andre Malraux; probably for its nefarious reputation. It is simply amazing that someone could have been, in a lifetime, a soldier of the Spanish Civil War, an antifascist militant in Nazi Germany, French Minister of Culture and a genius writer, as well as an artwork thief in Cambodia and an inveterate liar. His life illustrates perfectly, polemics aside, the diversity and richness of the paths that Sciences Po students will follow: a strong commitment to public affairs, a role to play in the course of events and an increased curiosity for the world and its diversity.

Wael Abdallah

Amin Maalouf, from the French Academy, alive and well! The literary work of this immense writer corresponds to my vision of identity: fully malleable, detailed, and at the end of the day, impossible to define objectively. This was made particularly clear in “In the Name of Identity: Violence and the Need to Belong” (2000). Every man and women is built-up of experiences and impressions, each “compartment” of his or her identity expressing itself when it feels threatened. This might be what both eastern and western societies lack nowadays: adaptability, to understand that contradiction and multiplicity are in each and every individual.

Katharina Mehrhardt

I appreciate ambitious and realistic projetcs - I would invite living personalities who are building up tomorrow's political and institutional landscape. If I was given carte blanche, I would invite Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron, to discuss their perspectives and ambitions for the future of the European Union. The Franco-German couple is primordial for Europe, as it bears the capacity to make significant and progressive reforms. 

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New international program: the SDG Professional Certificate

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The Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, as a member of the Global Public Policy Network (GPPN), is proud to announce the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Professional Certificate. The SDG Certificate offers students innovative training on how to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The SDG Certificate is a one-year program providing innovative training and international collaboration between four GPPN member schools (Columbia SIPA, New York;  the Hertie School of Governance, berlin; the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, Singapore; and the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs, Paris), in association with our partners from the public and private sector as well as members of civil society.

As a global joint program, the first SDG Certificate includes SDG-focused courses at home institutions, an opening seminar hosted by the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs in Paris, the SDG Bootcamp organized by Columbia SIPA in New York, and attendance at the annual GPPN Conference at one of the seven member schools. Selection for participation in the program will take place from October to November 2017.

By completing the program, students will develop entrepreneurial skills, work with public policy students from other GPPN universities, and showcase projects to an international audience of academics, practitioners and policymakers.

With this program, the GPPN reaffirms its commitment towards sustainable development and its dedication to the UN Agenda for 2030.

For more information: click here

"The SDG Professional Certificate offers a unique opportunity for our students to address humanity’s most pressing challenges under the UN SDGs and find innovative and concrete solutions with an impact factor on the world. The certificate provides a comprehensive program for tackling the 17 SDGs that integrates learning of concepts and skills with location specific case studies focused on students ideation, design and collaboration. The program reflects the Sciences Po School of Public affairs principles of sustainability, quality education, justice and collaboration for students passionate about the common good."

Yann Algan, Dean of the School of Public Affairs

SIPA has been collaborating with our GPPN partners for more than a decade to create global citizens and problem solvers through dual degree programs and international conferences. We are excited to take our collaboration even further by developing a joint curriculum that will engage important subject areas, including economics, new technology and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.  We look forward to contributing our significant expertise in these areas and we welcome the many synergies and opportunities for collaboration that this new joint endeavor will produce.

Merit Janow, Dean of Columbia SIPA

The SDG GPPN professional certificate programme marks a new and novel initiative to enhance what we can offer the students. I cannot imagine a more creative and innovative programme that will enable our students to gain the edge and make an impact in the public policy world. It reflects the true spirit of the GPPN. The LKY School is truly excited to be part of this wonderful initiative”  

Kishore Mahbubani, Dean of LKY School of Public Policy

The GPPN Professional Certificate focusing on Sustainable Development Goals mirrors the Hertie School’s mission to empower students with practical skills, professional networks and deep knowledge about issues they are passionate about through relevant experiences such as the SDG programme.

Helmut K. Anheier, Hertie School President 

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Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at Sciences Po

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In October, Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus came to Sciences Po for an hour-long discussion with students at the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs. In the video, Muhammad Yunus reflects on the achievements of Grameen Bank, the microfinance company he created 40 years ago in Bangladesh to allow people with very low incomes to borrow money without collateral.

Muhammad Yunus is a pioneer of both social business and microcredit. In addition to Grameen Bank, he has founded more than 50 other companies in Bangladesh. For his constant innovation and enterprise, Fortune Magazine named Professor Yunus “one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time” in March 2012. In 2006, Professor Yunus and Grameen Bank were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. In 2016, the United Nations Secretary-General appointed him a Sustainable Development Goal Advocate.

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