by Merlina Hernando-Malipot
The Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has announced the opening of graduate school scholarships in Paris, France.
Sciences Po, in partnership with the CHED and with the support of the Embassy of France in the Philippines, said the joint scholarship program will open up 10 slots for teaching and non-teaching staff from Philippine Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).
Sciences Po is considered one of the world’s leading international research universities in the field of social science based in Paris, France.
It is opening its doors to Filipino college faculty and staff by offering graduate studies scholarships.
Based on 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 is also known for producing many notable public figures – which includes five of the last seven French presidents — including recently-elected President Emmanuel Macron.
The scholarship will offer premier Master’s and PhD level programs in politics, social policy and administration, and urban studies.
Awarded scholars will be receiving privileges that include coverage of tuition, non-academic fees, and monthly living allowance, among others.
CHED Chairperson Patricia Licuanan and Sciences Po President Frédéric Mion recently formalized the partnership by signing the Memorandum of Agreement (MoA).
“Through this scholarship, we aim to support outstanding grantees with the potential to become leaders in the field of social science in the Philippines,” Licuanan said.
“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,” she added.
Licuanan, on behalf of CHED, also thanked all the individuals from Sciences Po, the French Embassy in the Philippines, and the Philippine Embassy 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 said.
The signing of milestone agreement, Licuanan noted, “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.
Licuanan 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.