Vice-Chancellor Stephen J Toope visited Paris on Wednesday to sign a new Memorandum of Understanding with Sciences Po President Frédéric Mion that will further strengthen collaboration at the research and doctoral levels between the two universities and renew a partnership developing research links in disciplines including politics, history and public policy.

“We wanted to take the next step forward with this new agreement.”

Sciences Po President Frédéric Mion

The initial three-year agreement, signed in 2017, included 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's campuses in Reims, Menton or Le Havre, where lectures are done in English.


Signing on behalf of the University of Cambridge, Vice-Chancellor Toope said: “We've committed to work together primarily at the level of PhD students to increase the number of exchanges that take place, to lengthen those exchanges, and also to provide a better framework when students from Sciences Po come to Cambridge or vice-versa, to have committees in place that will provide for those students."

Sciences Po President Mion said: “We have built a relationship of trust with Cambridge, which is now fed by years of experience and which is structured around our research programme called CamPo. We wanted to take the next step forward with this new agreement.”

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.

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