NUS has partnered Sciences Po, France’s leading university in the social sciences, to introduce a new Double Degree Programme (DDP) for undergraduates from August 2016. This is the University’s first collaboration with Sciences Po and the latter’s first undergraduate degree programme offered jointly with a Singapore university.
NUS President Professor Tan Chorh Chuan and Sciences Po President Mr Frédéric Mion signed an agreement on 24 February at NUS to formally establish the programme.
Jointly hosted by the NUS University Scholars Programme (USP) and Sciences Po, the new four-year DDP will allow students to draw on the complementary yet distinct strengths of both universities. Students will spend their first two years at one of three Sciences Po campuses completing its renowned liberal arts curriculum in the social sciences, before spending the next two years at NUS where they can choose to specialise in either Economics, History, Political Sciences or Sociology offered by NUS Arts and Social Sciences. In addition, students will extend their multidisciplinary studies by reading modules such as writing and critical thinking, and quantitative reasoning offered by USP. The DDP will admit up to 10 students for its inaugural intake.
Upon successful completion of the programme, students will be awarded two degrees — a Bachelor of Arts Degree conferred by Sciences Po, and a Bachelor of Arts or Social Sciences (Honours) Degree conferred by NUS. Due to the international nature of the programme, they are also expected to graduate with English and French proficiency.
“NUS is delighted to partner Sciences Po, one of the world’s top social science universities, to jointly offer a DDP in the social sciences,” said Prof Tan. He added that the international exposure at Sciences Po and multidisciplinary education at NUS will nurture students to become global citizens effective in various cultural settings and prepare them for diverse careers in a rapidly changing global environment.
“This DDP between Sciences Po and NUS combines today the best ingredients that are necessary to succeed in tomorrow’s world…[students] will spend four years in a constant learning environment, becoming well-rounded citizens thanks to the education in the classroom – not only from academics but also from practitioners — and their exposure to activities outside formal lessons,” said Mr Mion.