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  • Author: Zoe McKenzie
  • 18 mars 2009
  • Education

Higher Education Reform in France: Some Lessons From the Australian Experience

This paper takes a global look at higher education reform in France. It outlines Nicolas Sarkozy’s commitments to reform France’s universities, the legislative and administrative measures taken through 2007 and 2008, and alternative mechanisms which could be used to lift … Lire la suite

  • Author: Zoe McKenzie
  • 20 janvier 2009
  • Education

A table for continental tastes

 A common attitude to league tables of international universities was summed up by Valerie Pecresse, France’s Higher Education Minister, when she stammered in fury last February that the problem with rankings was that they existed.Despite the strong attention paid by … Lire la suite

  • Author: Zoe McKenzie
  • 20 janvier 2009
  • Education

Grandes ecoles a class apart?

What to do when your higher education system receives poor ratings in the two international league tables of note, the Times Higher Education-QS World University Rankings and that of Shanghai Jiao Tong? Simple: you invent your own.Last year, for the … Lire la suite

  • Author: Zoe McKenzie
  • 20 janvier 2009
  • Education

The Gallic exception: it is time for a giraffe of a system to evolve

Developed along idiosyncratic lines since the age of Napoleon, France’s universities must embrace globalisation, Zoe McKenzie says.It is notoriously difficult to compare the university system of France with that of other nations. Since the imposition of the Imperial University by … Lire la suite

  • Author: Zoe McKenzie
  • 4 décembre 2008
  • Education

Moving in for the kill

One of the larger-than-life billboards to be seen recently on the Paris Metro features a battered London bobby under a giant sign reading « Arretez de massacrer l’anglais! » (Stop massacring (the) English!).Touting the services, inevitably, of a language school, it is … Lire la suite