Sciences Po Aix
|Sciences Po Aix|
|Institut d’Études Politiques d'Aix-en-Provence|
|Budget||14 million Euros|
The Institut d'études politiques d'Aix-en-Provence (French pronunciation: [ɛ̃stity detyd pɔlitik ˈdɛks]; English: Aix-en-Provence Institute of Political Studies), simply referred to as Sciences Po Aix (French pronunciation: [sjɑ̃sˈpo ɛks]), is a grande école in Aix-en-Provence, France. It was established in 1956 in the premises of the former Faculty of Law of Aix-Marseille University in the centre of Aix-en-Provence, directly opposite Saint Sauveur Cathedral. As a grande école, its admissions process is selective. Sciences Po Aix specializes in political sciences. It also has courses in economics, history, law, international relations, and business. It is associated with Aix-Marseille University and is part of a network of nine Institut d'études politiques, known as IEP.
In 2006, "Sciences Po Aix" celebrated its 50th anniversary. It hosted and won the annual Critérium inter-IEP competition.
In September 2007, Philippe Séguin, then President of the Court of Audit (in French Cour des comptes), was elected President of the Administration Council, succeeding Jean-Paul Proust, Minister of the Principality of Monaco. He died in 2010. In July 2010, the former French minister of economy and current managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, member of the Administration Council since 2008 and graduated from the IEP of Aix-en-Provence in 1977, was elected President.
The IEP provides students with a general training in law, economics, general knowledge and history. Its students are selected through a competitive entrance examination. Some of its students have become company directors or government officials. Many students move on to careers in journalism, finance, diplomacy or communications.
- 1956-1974 : Paul de Geouffre de la Pradelle
- 1974-1979 : Charles Cadoux
- 1979-1984 : Yves Daudet
- 1984-1996 : Jacques Bourdon
- 1996-2006 : Jean-Claude Ricci
- 2006-present: Christian Duval
Famous alumni include Christine Lagarde, the current managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Philippe Séguin, a French political figure, as well as Elisabeth Guigou and Roger Karoutchi.
- (French) Camille Stromboni (31 October 2012). "Sciences po : le premier banc d’essai des IEP de région". L'Etudiant.fr.
- (French) Sciences Po Aix (2012). "La taxe professionnelle... une ressource pour votre entreprise !". sciencespo-aix.fr.
- (French)Communiqué de presse de l'IEP d'Aix-en-Provence, « Christine Lagarde succède à Philippe Séguin à la tête du CA de Sciences Po Aix» 
- Sciences Po Aix website's "Who is who"
- http://www.sciencespo-aix.fr (French) (English) Official website of the IEP.
- http://www.monsciencespoaix.fr/ (French) Student website run by the Arts Office: it includes forums, films, podcasts, pictures, etc.
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