Cambridge and Sciences Po to enhance collaboration

28/11/2017 | 12:00 Recherche  

Agreement​ ​will​ ​enable​ ​closer​ ​research​ ​ties​ ​and​ ​funding​ ​of​ ​joint​ ​projects

At a ceremony held in Paris on Friday November 24th, representatives from the University of Cambridge and from Sciences Po signed a Memorandum of Agreement to formalise and strengthen​ ​the​ ​partnership​ ​between​ ​both​ ​institutions.

The stated aim of the document is to develop research links in disciplines including Politics, History and Public Policy, with a strong expectation that the collaboration will develop to encompass​ ​other​ ​areas​ ​of​ ​mutual​ ​interest.

Covering an initial three-year period, the agreement includes the provision of matched funds by Cambridge and Sciences Po to enable academic workshops and symposia, and to pay for travel grants, short-term research visits, and visiting professorships at both Sciences Po and​ ​Cambridge.

Other bilateral activities within its scope include the encouragement of student mobility, and access for Cambridge PhD students to the Sciences Po Teaching Fellowships programme at Sciences​ ​Po​ ​campuses​ ​in​ ​Reims,​ ​Menton​ ​or​ ​Le​ ​Havre,​ ​where​ ​lectures​ ​are​ ​done​ ​in​ ​English.

One specific outcome of the agreement between Cambridge and Sciences Po will be the organisation of a public conference on “The Future of Europe”, to be held in Paris in 2018, and​ ​led​ ​by​ ​specialists​ ​in​ ​European​ ​studies​ ​from​ ​both​ ​institutions.

Signing on behalf of the University of Cambridge, Professor Eilís Ferran, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Institutional and International Relations, said: “This Memorandum of Agreement builds on strong existing relationships between our two world-leading universities. It offers us a formal mechanism to strengthen our partnership at a time when collaboration​ ​between​ ​academic​ ​institutions​ ​is​ ​more​ ​crucial​ ​than​ ​ever​ ​before.”

Frédéric Mion, President of Sciences Po, said: “There is a need to maintain and deepen cooperation among excellent academic institutions in Europe. It is the right time to continue strengthening our ties with a world-class University such as Cambridge by developing jointly this innovative and ambitious research partnership in the social sciences. The Memorandum of​ ​Agreement​ ​is​ ​built​ ​on​ ​that​ ​firm​ ​conviction.​ ​” 

Sciences Po was founded in 1872 as the École Libre des Sciences Politiques to educate the French governing class in the aftermath of the Franco-Prussian War. Today it is one of France’s leading research universities in the social sciences and humanities. It has seven campuses across France, and a record of excellent research in law, economics, history, political​ ​science​ ​and​ ​sociology.