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Sciences Po signing

Left to right: Eric Soulier, Head of Culture, Education, Science and Technology, Embassy of France; Sandra Margon, International Development Manager, Europe and the Middle East, University of Sydney; Professor Duncan Ivison, FASS Dean; Laurent Fabius, France's Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development; Emmanuelle Denavit-Feller, Cultural Attaché to the Embassy of France; Cédric Prieto, First Counsellor, Embassy of France; and Eric Berti, Consul-General of France in Australia.

Faculty inks dual degree agreement with France's Sciences Po

Outstanding humanities students from the University of Sydney can earn a dual arts degree with one of Europe's leading humanities institutions, following the signing of a new partnership agreement with Sciences Po.

Professor Duncan Ivison, Dean of the University's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, signed the agreement at the French Consulate General in Sydney, in the company of a Sciences Po delegation and France's Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius.

The agreement allows students to split four years of study between one of three Sciences Po campuses and Sydney, under a credit recognition agreement between Sydney's Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Political, Economic and Social Sciences (BPESS) programs, and Sciences Po's BA degree.

"We are very excited about this new partnership with Sciences Po - one of Europe's most outstanding and dynamic universities. Our students will now be able to pursue a dual University of Sydney/Sciences Po BA, enabling them to take advantage of the extraordinary opportunities offered at these two leading institutions in the humanities and social sciences," says Professor Ivison.

"It's a clear statement about our intention to produce outstanding graduates who are equipped with the intellectual, linguistic and leadership skills to make extraordinary contributions to our world. It's unique in Australia and we're confident it will attract outstanding students from around the globe," he added.

Professor Françoise Mélonio, Dean of Studies of Sciences Po, says the Sydney pilot program, which has seen five Sciences Po students come to the University, has already demonstrated the value of the opportunity.

"Sciences Po is delighted that the signature of this dual degree agreement is taking place. It is an important milestone in our strategic cooperation with the University of Sydney and the accomplishment of a two-year common effort. The pilot scheme of this dual degree, launched in 2013, has only confirmed our belief that this program will enhance Sciences Po's positioning in Australia, but also in the Asia-Pacific region," says Professor Mélonio.

"The proposed curriculum will not only attract excellent students from this part of the world to France, but also offer French and European students a unique opportunity to experience the excellence of the Australian higher education system at one of the country's leading universities," added Professor Mélonio.

Students from eligible Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences programs can undertake the dual degree in France from 2016, with applications opening in August 2015. The first two years of the dual degree can be completed at one of three regional campuses, in Le Havre, Menton, or Reims.

Notable Sciences Po alumni include three of the last four French presidents, François Hollande, Jacques Chirac and François Mitterrand. It has also produced a former United Nations Secretary-General, a former head of the International Monetary Fund, and the former head of the European Central Bank.

Find out about the dual degree here.

Photograph: Delphine Denans, Diph-Photography.