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The Alliance Program is a unique joint venture between

> Columbia University
> École Polytechnique

> Sciences Po

> Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne

For an overview of the program, download our brochure




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.

Sciences Po was founded in 1872 as an independent alternative to the weighty university establishment of the day. It has, through many transformations, remained true to one goal: providing innovative, responsive, well-grounded education for leadership and service.
Sciences Po is neither strictly a business school nor a school for public servants. As an important establishment of higher education, it occupies a specific place within the university network. 

Sciences Po enjoys notoriety and an excellent image within the private sector, and is ranked first in its specialized education in management. It is also the best performing program in its preparation for French and European public service recruitment exams. In addition, Sciences Po’s research centers and Doctoral School are internationally recognized.

For more information please visit the Sciences Po 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.