New international program: the SDG Professional Certificate

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.

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"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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