A word from our director

Sciences Po Strasbourg was created after the end of the Second World War. Its role was to train high-level civil servants and political officials who would reform and modernise the State. This remains the fundamental mission of the Institute today, and is also why it has continued to work in ever-closer cooperation with the civil service training schools located in Strasbourg (ENA and INET), with public administrations and with regional and local authorities, in particular through the Pôle européen d’administration publique.

                                      

Over time, Sciences Po Strasbourg has both developed and diversified its activities. The teaching has become increasingly focused on European affairs, taking advantage of the presence of the European institutions in Strasbourg (the European Parliament and Council of Europe). At the same time we have developed numerous cross-border cooperation activities and signed agreements with foreign universities all over the world, in order to increase student mobility and promote the transfer of knowledge.

 

Sciences Po Strasbourg plays an ever-increasing role in training senior executives for the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. Courses have been developed in finance and banking, and in communication, lobbying and cultural management, for example.

 

All of this reflects the breadth and diversity of the teaching delivered at Sciences Po Strasbourg, which is characterised by its multi-disciplinary nature and outward-looking perspective, oriented towards Europe and the rest of the world. Academic teaching on courses is combined with a strong career skills development component, principally at Master level and in the fields in which our Institute excels. Access to courses has been opened up thanks to the mutual arrangements in place between the members of the network of seven Sciences Po with a common entry examination (Aix-en-Provence, Lille, Lyon, Rennes, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Strasbourg and Toulouse).

 

In fulfilling all its roles, Sciences Po Strasbourg is guided by the fundamental values of excellence, solidarity and fairness. This has led the Institute to widen its student intake through the Sciences Po equal opportunities access programme. It is also reflected in the importance given to student clubs and societies.

 

Against this backdrop, a major focus of this academic year will be the reform of the fourth year of study for the Diploma and the choice now offered to students to select one of the following four main areas of study: Law and Public Administration, Economics and Business, European and International Affairs or Policies and Societies. A new course will be available for students on exchanges from foreign universities, leading to a Certificate of European Studies.

 

In addition to this, our Institute will celebrate its 70th anniversary at the end of 2015. Building on its past achievements and thanks to the high quality of its staff, it has been able to adapt to a changing world in order to continue to fulfil its mission of training students and disseminating knowledge. The accomplishments of our many alumni are a testimony to its resounding success.

 

Gabriel Eckert

Director of Sciences Po Strasbourg