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- KSP Joint Research Projects
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Kuwait program at Sciences Po

The Kuwait Program at Sciences Po (KSP) is a cooperative agreement between the Foundation and the Fondation Nationale Des Sciences Politiques (Sciences Po), in France, originally created in 2007 for five years, and renewed in 2012.

The Kuwait Program at Sciences Po is a 2-ways partnership program involving strong collaboration between faculty, students, policy makers, and leaders of Kuwait and Sciences Po.  The goals of KSP are to develop joint initiatives in the fields of research, teaching, executive education and capacity building, students support, and platform for debate. KSP aims at supporting partnerships in diverse urgent field, in order to boost collaboration in a wide array of major fields of interests. 

Agreement Period

 Five years (2012 – 2017)

About Sciences Po

For over one hundred years, Sciences Po, a leading university in France for teaching and research in the social sciences, has been training the best young minds for positions of leadership.  As one of Europe's most competitive universities, Sciences Po prepares its graduates to take their place in international business, multilateral organizations, positions of public responsibility, and other fields of endeavor. Students are drawn to Sciences Po for its commitment to understanding the contemporary world through a multidisciplinary grounding in the social sciences.  International students in particular stand to benefit not only from the solid training of the core curriculum, but also from Sciences Po's pedagogical approach, based on constructing concise, convincing and well-structured arguments. At Sciences Po, students are encouraged to develop critical perspective, self-awareness and greater reserves of both intellectual and moral courage.  

Sciences Po at a glance

  • Around 1,400 instructors, academics, and professionals from the business world, public administration and international organizations and thousands of students from undergraduates to the doctoral level from over 55 countries and 250 full-time researchers and faculty members.
  • The richest humanities and social sciences library in continental Europe: 920,000 volumes of books, newspapers, and reviews in multi-languages.

  • An active University press: “les Presses de Sciences Po” releases 30 new publications each year, along with six academic journals of international standing and readership.

Components of the Program

  1. Faculty Partnership - Partnering in teaching and research is the primary activity of KSP. Teaching and research are intermingled, through 3 programs:
    1. Sciences Po – KFAS Professorship faculty:
      To support a professorship position for senior faculty in fields of direct interest to the program. A special focus will be put on research on the Gulf, and the Arab World, including Kuwait. Priority will be given to social sciences, public policy and the humanities. Three senior professorship positions (2-year term each) will be opened at Sciences Po until September 2017. The job competition will be publicized internationally, and opened globally to all qualifying professors in relevant disciplines.

      The Sciences Po – KFAS Professors will be based at the Paris School of International Affairs, for duration of 2 years each. They will have regular teaching obligations (three courses per year) as well as specific fields of research.

    2. KSP Visiting Faculty:
      The program will support one Visiting Faculty position at Sciences Po, for one semester, every year. The list of relevant fields will be decided jointly between Sciences Po and KFAS, with a special research focus on the Gulf, and the Arab World, including Kuwait. Priority will be given to social sciences, public policy and the humanities.

      Applicants must be university professors. Those on sabbatical or on leave will be preferred to participate in this exchange.

      The Visiting Professors will be based at the Paris School of International Affairs, for a duration of one semester and teach one full course (12 sessions per semester) at Sciences Po. Other duties will cover two academic lectures or seminar presentations.

    3. KSP Joint Research Projects:
      Joint Research Projects are intended to promote and finance bilateral and global projects of the highest quality, in all disciplines, between faculty members from Kuwait, Sciences Po, and beyond. It is a seed grant program that supports efforts for joint research proposal development, pilot research and other activities that advance research projects to the point they can attract external funding which will provide a capacity building dimension, especially for young Kuwaiti scholars.

  2. Executive Training and Capacity Building - Through a cutting edge series of customized executive programs and capacity building collaboration, KSP will foster the development of a grounded collaborative policy network between the Gulf and Europe.

    1. Customized executive programs:
      Every year, high level customized executive programs for top Kuwaiti executives, will be held in Paris. These executive programs will be aimed at providing CEOs, top executives, outstanding entrepreneurs and institution leaders with the latest developments and best practices on issues of importance. For every program, the topic will be suggested by KFAS and worked out in a tailor made fashion with an average of 20-25 participants, selected by KFAS directly.

    2. Public Executive Programs:
      Every year, Sciences Po will host a group of entrepreneurs or managers for various courses (in English language only), organized by the Department of Executive Education of Sciences Po. KFAS will circulate the course information locally and select the candidates.

    3. Capacity building:
      The program will also concentrate on capacity building through:

      Research (please refer to component A.3)
      Language teaching: (language instruction in demanding higher education context).
      Boards and Governance Challenges

  3. A major platform for debate on -
  1. Series of events:
    To leverage on the scientific activity of KSP to create a vibrant platform for debate and headlines.

    As indicated in part A, in the three KSP faculty initiatives, all selected faculty will be requested to participate in the KSP annual series of public events and private meetings. In addition, a one-week trip to Kuwait with public meetings and private events will be scheduled. This network will contribute to the development of lectures, conferences and meetings. These events will be widely circulated across networks and publicized on respective websites.

  2. Two major KSP conferences:
    A highly visible and media-oriented top level KSP conference, which will be gathering all participants of the KSP network: one in June 2014 at mid-cycle, and a culminating conference in June 2017.
  1. Preparing tomorrow’s global leaders - This component of KSP will provide an incentive for top candidates of Sciences Po coming from all continents to choose the Gulf Region and the Arab World as their specialization of study.
  1. KSP students’scholarships:
    KSP will fund the brightest students admitted to Sciences Po. Criterion for eligibility will be diverse.

  2. KSP students’ best graduating paper awards:
    Every year, KSP will fund five outstanding student papers (preferably at the Master level) on topics relevant to KSP.

    This initiative will support all faculty efforts aimed at developing a vibrant platform for scientific production in fields of interest to KSP. It will be geared towards Kuwaiti students and Sciences Po students in all fields. These papers will be published on respective websites.

Advisory Council

 The Kuwait Programme at Sciences Po’s Advisory Committee consists of:

Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences Members:

  • Sheikha Hussah Al-Sabah, Board Member

  • Dr. Abdulmuhsen Al-Medej, Board Member

  • Mr. Ali Al Baghli, Board Member

  • Dr. Adnan Shihab-Eldin, Director General

  • Dr. Hassan Al-Ebraheem, Chairman, Kuwait America Foundation.

Fondation Nationale Des Sciences Politiques (Sciences Po)

  • The Director of Sciences Po

  • Prof. Ghassan Salame, Dean, Paris School of International Affairs

  • Prof. Stephen Lacroix, Asst. Professor of Political Sciences



Website: http://kuwaitprogram.sciences-po.fr/

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