India at the heart of Sciences Po’s development

Enrico Letta, Former Prime Minister of Italy and Dean of Sciences Po’s Paris School of International Affairs, was on a key visit to Delhi.

New Delhi, 11 December 2018

Enrico Letta, former Prime Minister of Italy and Dean of Sciences Po’s Paris School of International Affairs, spent two days in Delhi on 10th and 11th December, 2018.

He accompanied Dr Vanessa Scherrer, Vice President for International Affairs at Sciences Po, appointed in 2018, who was on her first visit to India on this occasion.

The objective of the delegation’s presence was to meet with the current academic partners of Sciences Po in India and identify new potential partner universities for exchange programmes and research projects. They also connected with members of the civil society and officials from the Indian government, reaffirming Sciences Po’s commitment towards India, where the university opened its first office in 2007.

Mr Letta and Dr Scherrer also interacted with business circles, in order to reinforce Sciences Po’s collaborations in India. Their visit to Delhi culminated with the conference of Mr Letta, “Nation building in Europe: a comparison with Asia” organised at the Residence of France, in partnership with the Indo French Chamber of Commerce. The event gathered CEOs from the top Indian and French companies as well as the Alumni of Sciences Po in India.

Dr Vanessa Scherrer continued her visit with a two-day trip to Mumbai, where Dr Christophe Jaffrelot, Professor at Sciences Po and internationally renowned expert on Indian and South Asian politics, joined her.

About Sciences Po

Sciences Po is ranked 4th for Politics & International Studies by 2018 QS world rankings, for the 3rd consecutive year. Its Alumni include five French Presidents including Emmanuel Macron, 13 French Prime Ministers, 4 heads of the IMF, as well as many CEO and CFOs from the corporate sector. Dr Mohan Kumar, former India Ambassador to France, and Chandrika Kumaratunga, former Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, also studied from Sciences Po. Today, 60% of the programmes at Sciences Po are taught in English and no French is required for Admission.

Sciences Po offers a three-year Bachelor of Arts degree with a multidisciplinary foundation in the humanities and social sciences and an emphasis on civic, linguistic, artistic, and digital education. The university has also set up 9 Dual Degree with top universities worldwide including Columbia University, UC Berkeley, National University of Singapore and Hong Kong University.

More than 30 Master’s programmes and 30 Dual Masters are available at Sciences Po, clubbed under seven Graduate Schools covering different sectors: International Affairs, Public Affairs, Management & Innovation, Law, Journalism, Urban studies, and Doctoral Research. Sciences Po’s Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA), headed by Dean Enrico Letta, former Prime Minister of Italy, is the largest and one of the most attractive schools of International Affairs worldwide.

Asia is strongly represented at Sciences Po. At the Bachelor’s level, the “Europe and Asia programme” caters to students from all around the world, whereas at the Master’s level, students can choose to study the continent deeper, especially at PSIA with the “South & Central Asia” and the “China and East Asia” specialization. Professor Christophe Jaffrelot also teaches a course called “South Asian cities” at the Urban School.

Over the last decade, Sciences Po has developed a significant cooperation with India, having inked MoUs with 11 top Indian universities and colleges, and opened two offices, in Delhi and Mumbai. Since 5 years, the number of Indian students at Sciences Po has been multiplied by three, and the university is already counting on a dynamic community of over 150 Alumni in India.

Last modified on 08/01/2019

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