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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. This prestigious and highly selective institute is modelled on the former Paris "École Libre des Sciences Politiques" (ELSP). Like the other Instituts d'Etudes Politiques in France (Bordeaux, Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Paris, Rennes, Strasbourg and Toulouse), Sciences Po Aix is a member of the "Grandes Écoles" group of higher education schools of academic excellence.
It is housed in a hôtel particulier, considered a Monument historique, designed by architect Georges Vallon in 1734. The building is located on the Place de l'université ("town square of the university"), opposite Cathédrale Saint-Sauveur on the rue Gaston de Saporta in Aix-en-Provence. This building previously housed the Faculty of Law of Aix-Marseille University.
As a grande école, its admissions process is selective. Sciences Po Aix specializes in political sciences. It also offers courses in economics, history, law, international relations, and business. It is associated with Aix-Marseille University and is part of a network of ten Institut d'études politiques, known as IEP.
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.
It was established in 1956.
In September 2007, Philippe Séguin (1943–2010), then President of the Court of Audit (in French Cour des comptes), was elected President of the Administration Council, succeeding Jean-Paul Proust (1940–2010), Minister of the Principality of Monaco. 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 1977 graduate, was elected President.