41 Facts About Sciences Po


Sciences Po offers courses and conducting research in political science, history, economics, law, and sociology.

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The Sciences Po curriculum has been expanded to social sciences such as economics, law, and sociology, in addition to its original curriculum in political science and history.

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Sciences Po underwent significant reforms in the aftermath World War II in 1945.

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Sciences Po was then directly concerned by the draining goal of the National Council of the Resistance.

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The epithet Sciences Po is applied to both entities, which inherited the reputation previously vested in ELSP.

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Sciences Po became the school of choice for those hoping to enter the ENA, and so retained its dominant place in educating high-ranking officials.

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Sciences Po was substantially reformed from the mid-1990s so as to diversify its focus beyond political science and beyond France, mainly under the influence of Olivier Duhamel, who formally had different roles during until his resignation in 2021.

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Sciences Po was hit by a number of crises and controversies during this period.

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Sciences Po began to expand outside Paris, establishing regional campuses throughout France.

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Previously, Sciences Po recruited its students exclusively on the basis of a competitive examination.

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In 2001, Sciences Po founded the Equal Opportunity Program, widening its admissions policy.

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Louis Vogel, former front-runner candidate who retracted his candidacy to protest against the governance process in Sciences Po, stated that an institution that want to have a place in the academic national and international environment cannot achieve such a thing without having an academic at its head.

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In late 2016, Sciences Po acquired a new site, the Hotel de l'Artillerie in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, which it intends to make it a site of "educational renewal".

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Sciences Po wants to reinforce the private sector outcomes of the Sciences Po diploma.

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Sciences Po has seven campuses in France, with each specialising in different regions of the globe.

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Academic bodies of Sciences Po consist of the Undergraduate College, six professional schools, and the Doctoral School.

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Sciences Po offers dual bachelor's degrees with Columbia University, Keio University, University College London, Freie Universitat Berlin, University of British Columbia, the University of Sydney, the National University of Singapore, the University of Hong Kong, and the University of California.

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Research at Sciences Po covers economics, law, history, sociology and political science, while taking in interdisciplinary topics such as cities, political ecology, sustainable development, socio-economics and globalization.

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Sciences Po is home to a research community that includes over 200 researchers and 350 PhD candidates.

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The Bibliotheque de Sciences Po is the main French partner in the International Bibliography of the Social Sciences, which is based at the London School of Economics.

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Sciences Po is often described by others and itself as an elite institution, due to its admissions selectivity and its close connection with powerful networks within French society.

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Sciences Po has been described as a school prioritising professional networks over expertise.

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The sociologist Nicolas Jounin, alumnus of Sciences Po, talked about an "intellectual imposture" in an op-ed called "it is time to be done with Sciences Po".

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Sciences Po has been accused of being unduly helped by the media and politicians.

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Sciences Po is funded in large part by public money and is a semi-public institute but is governed as a private institution.

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Louis Vogel, professor of law, former president of the Society of Presidents of university, of Paris 2 University and of Sorbonne University and Sciences Po alumnus, had announced its candidacy based on bringing the school closer to the universites in a new international environment.

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Sciences Po was presented as the front-runner as his profile and experience matched the best the advertised job profile.

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Sciences Po stated that the pre-selection chose candidates who did not fit with the job profile, showed that the real desired profile was else, and that he did not want to endorse with his candidacy a process that is in opposition with his convictions.

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Sciences Po further stated that Sciences Po "is sending a bad signal" and that they will have to solve their issue internally.

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Sciences Po would have been chosen as a friend and former classmate of Emmanuel Macron.

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Sciences Po admitted orgies with young women but had denied any violence.

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Students have created the associations "Alwanat" and "Being Black at Sciences Po" to denounce open anti-Arab, anti-Muslim, anti-Black and anti-Asian hate by staff and students in the Reims and Menton campuses.

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Sciences Po have been criticized in 2022 for "censuring" lectures on darwinism and theory of evolution, considered by some critics as the "ultimate taboo" in the institute.

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Sciences Po has denied this claim and it has been widely reported as fake news, but Le Figaro news have found the information to be true and some media have taken back their assessment of this information as being fake news.

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However, Sciences Po would be offering only general courses in social sciences with only a "sprinkling of law" in the masters programs.

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In 2009, Sciences Po created the "Ecole de droit de Sciences Po", delivering masters degrees only.

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Sciences Po has been criticized for the abuse of the title of "professor" from their adjunct lecturers.

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Five of the eight presidents of the French Fifth Republic have attended Sciences Po, including Georges Pompidou, Francois Mitterrand, Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy, Francois Hollande, and Emmanuel Macron.

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The French Castex government includes a number of Sciences Po graduates, including Florence Parly, Bruno Le Maire, and Jean-Michel Blanquer.

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Some politicians having a role in international organisations were students at Sciences Po, including Simone Veil, former President of the European Parliament; Boutros Boutros-Ghali, former UN Secretary General; Pascal Lamy, former Director-General of the World Trade Organisation; Michel Camdessus and Dominique Strauss-Kahn, former presidents of the International Monetary Fund; Jean-Claude Trichet, former President of the European Central Bank.

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Over 20 other international politicians have given talks at Sciences Po, including but not limited to: Chandrika Kumaratunga, President of Sri Lanka; Sir Austen Chamberlain, British Foreign Secretary and 1925 Nobel Peace Prize laureate; Pierre Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada; Prince Rainier III of Monaco; Pierre Werner, Prime Minister of Luxembourg; Esko Aho, Prime Minister of Finland; Salome Zourabichvili, President of Georgia; Jose Socrates, Prime Minister of Portugal.

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