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

on March 18th, 2009 | Values

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 France’s university system into the international first tier.Adopting and modifying reforms implemented with success in […]

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Zoe McKenzie

Grandes ecoles a class apart?

on January 20th, 2009 | Values

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 first time, Paris’s Ecole des Mines produced the Classement International Professionnel des Etablissements d’Enseignement Superieur. […]

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A table for continental tastes

A table for continental tastes

on January 20th, 2009 | Values

 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 students, university staff and employers to the two internationally recognised rankings (from Times Higher Education-QS […]

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Zoe McKenzie

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

on January 20th, 2009 | Values

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 Napoleon Bonaparte in the early 1800s, the French tertiary structure has grown organically and idiosyncratically […]

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Zoe McKenzie

Moving in for the kill

on December 4th, 2008 | Values

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 a pretty funny advertisement if you spend large parts of your week reading English which […]

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