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Academic Research and Policy Dialogue to Address Pressing Global Problems

Sciences Po, Columbia and LSE will launch the Global Public Policy Network on 20 September 2005 at Peking University in Beijing, China.

A global network for graduate-level public policy education and policy dialogue that will harness top academic talent to address the most pressing policy challenges of the 21st century was launched today (Friday 16 September) by three leading international public policy graduate institutions, Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and Sciences Po (Paris).

The Global Public Policy Network (GPPN) will eventually expand to include about ten public policy graduate schools in key global cities worldwide, sponsoring collaborative public policy research and student and faculty exchanges, as well as offering dual degrees in graduate professional programs. The Network will facilitate international dialogues of policymakers with scholars and policy experts from Network and other universities to analyse and devise responses to critical global challenges.

'Today, our greatest public policy concerns know no borders,' said SIPA dean Lisa Anderson. 'A global network of public policy schools offers the best opportunity for the academic community to work collectively on multiple intertwined challenges - from sustainable development to trade to terrorism to public health crises to the protection of human rights worldwide - and to prepare some of the world's most able graduate students to assume global leadership roles in the coming decades.'

The GPPN academic directors are SIPA dean Lisa Anderson, Professor Michael Storper of Sciences Po, and LSE Professor Patrick Dunleavy. Its first executive director is Robin Lewis, who developed many of SIPA's international initiatives during two decades as SIPA associate dean.

The GPPN builds on an existing partnership among LSE, Sciences Po, and SIPA that offers prestigious master's degrees in public policy and international affairs. Students in these master's programs study in coordinated programs on each campus in emerging global disciplines such as economic development, environment policy, global governance, and public management. These collaborations capitalise on the unique academic strengths and diverse curricula of the three graduate schools, while expanding cooperation in social science teaching and research.

'Each of our institutions possesses public policy learning and linkages built on generations of scholarship and exchanges,' observed Richard Descoings, director of Sciences Po. 'We are convinced that our new global network will quickly grow to much more than the sum of its parts, and become an important contributor to international public policy debates.'

SIPA, Sciences Po, and LSE are already strengthening ties among their own university communities with increased joint programming and other new initiatives. The GPPN expects to announce new partners in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East over the coming years.

'In a globalised world we need to build much broader and deeper networks than we have had in the past, ones that integrate the partners in much more equitable, multi-polar ways, and that bridge more directly between research and advanced teaching,' said Professor Patrick Dunleavy, director of the MPA programme at LSE. 'The Global Public Policy Network will help all the institutions involved to contribute more directly to informing public policymakers' understanding of some of the critical issues of our age.'

The first Global Forum will take place in Paris at Sciences Po on Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 March 2006. Advancing Next Generation Leadership in Global Public Policy Research, Education and Practice.

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Columbia University - SIPA
Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) aims to prepare future leaders for service in a globalized world where both national boundaries and the frontiers of public, private, local and international polices have become less distinct. Established in 1946, SIPA offers master's degree programs in international affairs, public administration, environmental science and policy, and economic policy and management, as well as a doctoral program in sustainable development. SIPA offers dual master's degree programs with both LSE and Sciences Po, and with those institutions is a founding member of the Global Public Policy Network.

Sciences Po
The goal pursued by Sciences Po since its inception in 1872 is to produce and instill knowledge from a perspective that is at once interdisciplinary, international and conducive to assuming high-level responsibilities, thus mobilizing the social sciences to contribute to a better understanding of the main issues of our time.

In a world where unpredictability is increasingly the rule, imagination, inventiveness, innovation and an aptitude to deal with change have become essential. Today, Sciences Po functions in the heart of Paris as a selective research university in the international sense of the term, bridging the worlds of academia and public affairs in order to offer the analytical and leadership skills required by future leaders around the globe.

London School of Economics and Political Science
LSE is a world class centre for its concentration of teaching and research across the full range of the social, political and economic sciences. Founded in 1895 by Beatrice and Sidney Webb, LSE has an outstanding reputation for academic excellence.

LSE is an unusual university. Few university institutions in the world are as international. The study of social, economic and political problems covers not only the UK and European Union, but also countries of every continent. From its foundation LSE has aimed to be a laboratory of the social sciences, a place where ideas are developed, analysed, evaluated and disseminated around the globe.

Press cuttings

Columbia Spectator
CU Joins LSE and Sciences Po in GPPN (29 Sep 05)
Last week, Columbia took another step toward becoming the "global university" that president Lee Bollinger described in his October 2002 address, with the unveiling of the Global Public Policy Network. The new organisation is based on a partnership between the School of International and Public Affairs, the Sciences Po (Paris), and LSE.

Les Echo
Sciences Po s'associe à deux universités de New York et Londres (20 Sep 05)
Science Po, LSE and Columbia University launch the global public policy network. 'Sciences Po a annoncé hier son association avec l'université Columbia de New York et la London School of Economics, en vue de la création d'un réseau d'enseignement et de recherche sur la globalisation des politiques publiques. Il doit permettre des échanges d'étudiants et d'enseignants et, à terme, la délivrance de doubles diplômes.'

PR Newswire
Columbia University, London School of Economics, Sciences Po, Launch 'Global Public Policy Network' (19 Sep 05)

16 September 2005

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