The Paris School of Economics: A New Global Excellence Hub
On 22 February, Dominique de Villepin inaugurated the Paris School of Economics (EEP), in the presence of Thierry Breton, Minister of Economy, and Gilles de Robien, Ministry of National Education and Research. Born of an alliance between the best schools and universities in Paris, the EEP brings together high-level researchers to train the leaders of the future.
"With the founding of the Paris School of Economics, we have shown that France remains a breeding ground for excellence, which knows how to reward merit and implement far-reaching projects ", stated the Prime Minister. The prime institution is one of the leading advanced research networks in a specific field, with certification under the Pact for Research. Based on the campus of Paris’ Ecole normale supérieure (ENS), the EEP brings together teams from several top Parisian institutions: Ecole normale supérieure, Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS), Ecole nationale des ponts et chaussées (ENCP), Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Institut national de recherche agronomique (Inra) and University of Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne.
Innovative Status as a Foundation
The EEP has opened its doors to nearly 300 researchers and almost as many students, at the Master’s or Doctorate level. Its legal form - a scientific cooperation foundation - allows the EEP to raise private funds and receive donations to develop, in addition to the EUR 20 million received from the State as an initial endowment. Insurance company AXA and brokerage firm EXANE have made noteworthy contributions of EUR 1 million each. The flexibility and responsiveness that this status provides, in addition to being vital to international competition, will enable the institution to bring back expatriated French researchers and attract the best foreign students and teachers.
Defining a New Economic Doctrine
The Paris School of Economics will contribute to the development of an entirely distinct economic doctrine, aimed at better analysing the workings of economic activity. More room shall be given to development models that integrate environmental protection, social justice and respect for individual identities, and France, championing such models, will have greater bearing on major international economic debate. “At stake is our diplomatic power, our influence in the world and our ability, as citizens of France and Europe, to fully play our part in building a world of greater equity, balance and respect for individuals”, emphasised the Prime Minister.