04/03/2021 | 12:00 Press Releases  
Paris, 4 March 2021 - Sciences Po remains a top university in the social sciences in the 2021 QS World University Rankings by subject, keeping its second place worldwide in "Politics & International Studies" for the second year. In this world ranking released on March 3, 2021, Sciences Po is positioned just behind Harvard University.
Moreover, Sciences Po is the first university of continental Europe in this discipline, a position it has held for the past six years.
For the past eight years the QS World University Rankings by subject, which compares more than 1,400 universities around the world, has confirmed Sciences Po as a leading university in the social sciences.
In 2021, Sciences Po ranks in the top 50 worldwide in 4 disciplines:
  • 2nd in the world in Politics and International Studies (2nd in 2020)
  • 21st in Social Policy and Administration (up from 23rd in 2020)
  • 30th in Sociology (28th in 2020)
  • 39thth in Development Studies (40th in 2020)
Sciences Po made significant progress in History, moving from the top 150 to the top 100 worldwide, and in Economics and Econometrics where the institution ranked 81st globally.
In France, Sciences Po ranked first in Politics and International Studies, Social Policy and Administration, and Sociology, and second domestically in Law and in Development Studies.
Benedicte Durand, Interim Administror, said : “Year after year, the QS World University Ranking confirms the excellence of our permanent faculty, the dynamism of its scientific production, the vitality of its research as closely as possible to changes in major political, economic and societal issues on a global scale. It is also a sign of appeal for our researchers and a guarantee of quality for our programmes, as our students can benefit from the proximity with the world’s best specialists in their disciplines."
About Sciences Po
Founded in 1872, Sciences Po is France’s leading research university in the social sciences. Sciences Po offers degrees at the undergraduate, graduate and executive education levels, and developed 42 dual degree programmes with its network of 470 partner universities.
Today, half of Sciences Po’s 13,000 students are international and represent 150 nationalities. Education at Sciences Po is multidisciplinary, multilingual and outward looking. It also places great emphasis on professional exposure. Following completion of their degree, 80% of the graduates are hired within six months of graduation and 39% start their career abroad. Sciences Po holds a high standard of social responsibility, and plays a pioneering role in the promotion of diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. Sciences Po has an array of financial aid for students of all origins and 26% of the student body hold a scholarship. For more information on Sciences Po: www.sciencespo.fr/en
Media contacts
Sciences Po: Marie Frocrain, marie.frocrain@sciencespo.fr, tel. +33 (0)1 49 54 37 71
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