CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan and Sciences Po President Frédéric Mion formalize their commitment to offer scholarships for premier Master’s and PhD level programmes in politics, social policy and administration, and urban studies.


Philippine Embassy in Paris Second Secretary and Consul Rapunzel Acop, CHED K to 12 Transition Program Director Karol Mark Yee, University of Southern Mindanao Graduate School Dean Consuelo Tagaro, UP-Manila Chancellor Carmencita C. Padilla, CHED Commissioner Minella Alarcon, CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan, Sciences Po President Frédéric Mion, UP-Los Baños Chancellor Fernando Sanchez, Jr., Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology Administration Vice Chancellor David Almarez, Visayas State University President Edgardo Tulin, and Ateneo de Manila Office of International Relations Director Glenn de Leon.


Sciences Po, one of the world’s leading international research universities in the field of social science based in Paris, France, is opening its doors to Filipino college faculty and staff by offering scholarships for graduate studies.


According to the 2017 QS World University Subjects Rankings, Sciences Po is top five in politics and international studies, and 62nd in social science and management. It also known for producing many notable public figures which includes five of the last seven French presidents, the latest being recently elected President Emmanuel Macron.


In partnership with the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), with the support of the Embassy of France in the Philippines, the joint scholarship program will open up 10 slots for teaching and non-teaching staff from Philippine Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).


The scholarship will offer premier Master’s and PhD level programmes in politics, social policy and administration, and urban studies. Awarded scholars will be receiving privileges that include coverage of tuition fees, non-academic fees, and monthly living allowance, among others.


CHED Chairperson Patricia B. Licuanan and Sciences Po President Frédéric Mion formalized the partnership today by signing the Memorandum of Agreement.


“Through this scholarship, we aim to support outstanding grantees with the potential to become leaders in the field of social science in the Philippines. We eagerly look forward to our first cohort of scholars as we launch the call for applications this year until the first quarter of 2018,” Licuanan said.


“We thank all the individuals from Sciences Po, the French Embassy in the Philippines, and the Philippine Embassy here in France, who worked hard to make this partnership possible. We hope that this is but the start of many more possibilities as we strive to further deepen the relations between Philippine universities and Sciences Po,” she added.


Licuanan noted that the signing of milestone agreement could not be in a more fitting time, as this year also marks the 70th year celebration of the establishment of bilateral relations between the Philippines and France.


The Chairperson is currently in France to lead the Philippine delegation composed of Visayas State University, University of the Philippines – Los Baños, Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology, University of Southern Mindanao, Ateneo de Manila University, and University of the Philippines – Manila, for Journee Pais which celebrates the strong and enduring partnership between the two countries, and to further the engagements in French institutions for increased opportunities for the mobility of faculty, staff, and students.


The partnership with Sciences Po is also part of CHED’s ongoing efforts through the K to 12 Transition Program to invest and support HEI faculty and staff in upgrading their qualifications during the transition period.




The K to 12 Transition Program


The K to 12 Transition Program is a five-year effort aimed at the strategic development of HEIs and personnel during the transition period from 2016 to 2021. The Program includes a range of programs to support faculty and staff through scholarships for master’s and doctoral programs, non-degree programs, as well as institutional grants for HEIs.


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