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Sciences po Paris: becoming a world-class university thanks to its uniqueness

To become “a world reference university in terms of the combination of interdisciplinary basic knowledge and professional knowledge“This is the big challenge that Mathias Vicherat, director of Sciences po Paris, sets during his conference back to school.”

According to him, “the interdisciplinarity of basic knowledge and the combination of this interdisciplinarity with the development of solid professional and operational skills” the specificity of the Parisian establishment.

“We will continue to follow this strategy The sciences are a unique facility in higher education“, he claims.

Mathias Vicherat (Sciences after Paris): “I want to revive relations with IEPs in the region, peer to peer”

At the start of the 2022 academic year, we will welcome 2,028 new first-year students, a slight increase due to international the institution always shows very good admission results.

team 97% of those admitted gave a very good mention at graduation. Sciences po thus consolidates its goals of social openness with 12% of high school scholarship holders and greater diversity of geographic origin with 70% of students from secondary schools outside Île-de-France.

After two years of new admission procedures, an independent evaluation will take place in 2023. “There will be no taboo as to what will be judged,” explains Mathias Vicherat.

In addition, within a month and a half, the results of the consultation with all students on “all subjects” should be published. Of which “certainly challenge received ideas’ that we have on the typical profile of a Sciences po Paris studentits director notes.

On the environmental issues, freshmen will have a new mandatory 24-hour course from January 2023. And “the transition of all masters to make these subjects mainstream in all our courses“, clarifies the director. Sciences po also announces the evolution of its school of management and innovation, which is becoming School of Management and Influence.

On another topic, Sciences po launches a House of art and creationinspired by his Center for Writing and Rhetoric created in 2019. It will be supported by chairs for artists-in-residence (filmmakers, visual artists, musicians, etc.).

Otherwise, with the recruitment of 16 effective teacher-researchers and 14 ongoing recruitments for 2022, the dynamic announced by Mathias Vicherat is confirmed – to strengthen its permanent faculty by 80 professors. In addition, 12 postdoctoral researchers were recruited on the topic of environmental transformation.

The institution restored some of the responsible positions (Campus in Reims, Campus in Le Havre, City School, School of International Relations, Schools of Public Affairs, Human Resources). And above all, Sergei Guriev, a professor at Sciences po since 2013, was appointed in July dean for research and teaching. The goal: “to significantly strengthen the synergies between training and research, as in the largest international universities”.

Sciences after Paris: Mathias Vicherat wants to breathe new life into it

After his tour regional campuses, the director notes that some need to be strengthened (library, administrative and medical monitoring of students). He reminds the local authorities who have pledged that their financial support is “necessary for the operation of these campuses”.

He also confirms his plan open continuing education coursescurrently concentrated in Paris.

More generally, employees participated in the consultation, which will be renewed annually. The result: HR functions that need to be professionalized, with greater transparency in vacancies. Workgroups must discuss the “expectations, blockages and concerns” of employees.

Projects under construction with other IEPs

Sciences po Paris collaborates with other IEPs “on several projects, especially regarding equal opportunities and the fight against sexual and gender-based violence”, according to Mathias Vicherat. “In these areas we are all particularly determined, and we shall soon have occasion to communicate on these subjects’.

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With 50% of foreign students, Sciences po wants to penetrate even more forcefully beyond our borders. And he plans to step up his efforts on the side management and faculty “which are not yet sufficiently international“, notes the director.

This the strategy mainly includes evaluation. Criticism of the Shanghai criteria, the director wishes “to invest” U-Multirank and the thematic ranking THE, while it is more present in QS thematic rankingwhere Science is 3rd in the world in the “Political Science and International Relations” category.

Sciences po therefore relies on international alliances that will be leverage as these evaluation issues are being discussed with U7+ partners, a network of around a hundred universities in 17 countries.

Another point of support: CIVICA, the European University of Social Sciences, coordinated by Sciences Po, has been selected by the European Commission to receive permanent support from the Erasmus+ 2022-2027 program for European University Alliances. The maximum allowed grant allocation – EUR 14.4 million – was providedwith the aim of enabling thousands of students to access mobility, co-teaching and civic engagement programmes.

In general, Sciences after Paris wants to deliver its budget to to get more national and international calls for project submissions.

a sponsorship is another area of ​​growth, while he is cautious in his choice of companies but to avoid “witch hunts”. If the partnership with Total is not renewed at the end of 2021, bank support is not in the sights. The organization relies on “warranties” through its own Donations Committee, especially. “And there must be a complete seal between the sponsorship and the academic activities”, specifies Mathias Vicherat.

Finally, the Director states that on August 23 he discussed with Sylvie Retailleau, Minister of Higher Education and Research about contribution from the state, which still represents a third of the budget.

The institution claimsreal budget dialogue with targets in terms of social openness, publications, or placement in international rankings. And not a management dialogue where it doesn’t matter if you are good or not. It is necessary to modernize budgetary relations between the state and universities. We want to be experimenters“, explains Mathias Vicherat.

Especially since the company’s evaluation by Hcéres is scheduled for the fall of this year.

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