Dakar Science Po

About Us

Dakar Science Po

It is the first major pan-African school dedicated to the study of Political Science. Thanks to its programs of study and its faculty of experts, academics, journalists, senior civil servants and diplomats, Dakar Science Po will help bring about a new approach to politics, both in terms of understanding what politics is and how to implement it. 

 

Dakar Science Po aims to be a pole of excellence for political science studies in Senegal and in Africa. It offers broad opportunities in the modern knowledge economy.

A WORD FROM THE GENERAL DIRECTOR

Dr. Mariam AIDARA
Ph.D. in International Relations and Diplomacy

 

Why choose Dakar Science Po?

Against the backdrop of the modern world, the quality of training provided at Dakar Science Po is essential to meet the demands of today’s changing world.  The aim of Dakar Science Po is to be the reference and centre of excellence in political science teaching, for the understanding and mastery of the main themes of interest in political studies, in particular organisations, forces, behaviours, elites and the various actors. 

This Pan-African Grande Ecole was founded following the observation that Africa needs well-trained actors, experienced researchers, knowledgeable analysts and political scientists familiar with the study of political phenomena and capable of exploring the processes that bring about power relationships between individuals and groups, notably at the heart of the State. 

The mission of Dakar Science Po is therefore to provide training and permanent research in political science to build a quality African expertise in the field. 

This Pan-African Grande Ecole was born out of the observation that Africa needs well-trained actors, experienced researchers, informed analysts and political scientists who are well versed in the study of political phenomena and capable of studying the processes that bring into play the power relationships between individuals and groups, particularly within the State. 

Dakar Science Po is therefore the permanent training and research of know-how in political science in order to build a quality African expertise in the field. 

Dakar Science Po also implies openness to other political experiences in the world. 

In addition to training African expertise capable of taking into account the challenges of the continent, Dakar Science Po also trains an elite with a naturally positive attitude. Therefore, in our selection process, emphasis is placed on the applicant’s behaviouralism, analytical skills, and aptitude for political science studies. 

It is not only a privilege to be selected to study at Dakar Science Po, but also an opportunity to discover one’s talent and all the aspects of one’s personality in relation to all the professions resulting from the training and/or from political science. 

To be a student at Dakar Science Po also implies a mindset based on positivity and community life. Dakar Science Po is a great school that welcomes multicultural students from different social backgrounds. 

Joining Dakar Science Po means diving into a world where diversity of opinions and the right to be different, with strict respect for others, are the rules governing meetings, communication and exchanges. 

Dakar Science Po aims to contribute to the emergence of a new form of governance in Africa, by promoting good practices in order to restore politics to its true value and credentials throughout the continent by offering alternatives to the current practices in almost all our countries. 

Lastly, Dakar Science Po is willing to share and consolidate the idea that politics is the art of governing societies and people, organisations or institutions by leading them towards happiness, prosperity, peace and security. 

A WORD FROM THE ACADEMIC DIRECTOR

Prof Babacar GUEYE 
Full University Professor (agrégé) of Law and Political Science

professeur agrégé

Political science is a fairly recent field where law, history, sociology and economics meet. It is transversal and provides a wide range of training opportunities. 

Political science training leads to specialisations that meet the requirements of the national and global market: international careers, analysis and evaluation of public policies, public administration, diplomacy, communication, etc. The professional and comprehensive training allows students to reach positions of responsibility, depending on the specialities chosen throughout their course. 

Studies in political science open up broad perspectives and offer the possibility of pursuing a wide range of careers in the fields of international, national, regional and local political governance, in international institutions and organisations, in diplomacy, protocol and diplomatic practices, strategy, geopolitics, economic intelligence, research, international law and so on. 

Moreover, the training given at Dakar Science Po enables the best students to enter the Grandes Ecoles in Africa as well as elsewhere in the world. 

There is a compelling need in Africa today to understand the purpose of political science “which is to question the government of human societies”, in order to understand not only the political field but also the political sociology. 

In other words, Dakar Science Po is also an opportunity for the qualification and emergence of new types of political actors, researchers and enlightened analysts, mastering all the aspects of political science, especially political sociology, which helps to understand the political sphere and its correlations with other fields of social and societal activities. 

Dakar Science Po is also the cult of self-sacrifice, perfection, innovation and success through and for the acquisition of an in-depth and versatile knowledge, a know-how aimed at problematization and project construction, writing, public speaking, the ambition to train an African expertise capable of taking into account the challenges facing the continent, an elite steeped in know-how and life skills; Therefore, in our selection process, emphasis is placed on systemic behaviourism, analytical skills and aptitude in studies and sacerdotal duties through which political science must be implemented for the benefit of States and Peoples. 

Dakar Science Po provides each student with the necessary pedagogical tools for academic development and a qualified faculty that is aware of the professional requirements of the discipline. 

Dakar Science Po is a melting pot of cultures, cementing the future of African integration. Friendliness, respect and the ability to live together are the vectors on which are based the values that we will put forward every day. 

Given the globalized world, Dakar-Science Po also promotes team spirit, sharing and openness to foreign experiences in each of its teaching modules.  

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