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The Alliance Program is a unique joint venture between

> Columbia University
> École Polytechnique

> Sciences Po

> Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

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Building on the existing bilateral actions of cooperation among its members, such as student and faculty exchange programs, joint and dual degrees, the Alliance Program endeavors to develop new initiatives.


Alliance’s challenge is to develop joint research projects on issues that are relevant to its main thematic orientation. Such initiatives may involve other American and European partner universities on a case-by-case basis.


It is Alliance's constant preoccupation to improve the transatlantic public policy dialogue with key issues of our time. The Alliance Program endeavors to open a space for discussion between private sector executives, public policy-makers and academics. Alliance builds on the diversity of its partners and on their intrinsic plurality to promote durable cooperation across disciplines, from hard to social sciences.

With eight hundred years of excellence to build on, the University of Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne is the largest university in France today. Some forty thousand students are enrolled in 14 teaching and research departments (Unités de Formation et de Recherche, or UFR) and 4 Institutes, which offer top-level degree courses in law, political science, economics, management and the humanities.

Paris I is at the center of a rich network of international relations stretching across the five continents and continues to play a major role in the training of researchers, academics, judges, lawyers, senior managers and top French civil servants. At the crossroads of tradition and modernity, Paris I is at the forefront of research and teaching in the fields of European studies, international relations, management and communications. It aims to be a major pole of research and learning in Europe in the 21st century.

For more information, please visit Universite Paris 1 website




Created in the fall 2002, the Alliance Program is a non-profit transatlantic joint-venture between Columbia University and three French prestigious institutions, The École Polytechnique, Sciences Po and the Université of Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne.

Alliance is an innovative program whose aim is to initiate and accompany new initiatives in the fields of education cooperation, research collaboration, and policy outreach. Over the last four years the Alliance’s scope of activities have included the organization of numerous academic conferences both in Paris and in New York, the setting up of international multidisciplinary research teams, and the creation of joint-courses and curricula targeting the students of its founding partners.