http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Jane Marshall. France carries out high quality research but does not get full value for the large amounts of public funding it currently spends on the sector, mostly because of weakness in transferring its inventions to the economy, according to a report by the Cour des Comptes, the national audit office. The report was published a week before the Senate debated and adopted the latest higher education and research reform, the Loi d’Orientation pour l’Enseignement Supérieur et la Recherche, or ESR. Research has been a national priority since introduction of the Pacte pour la recherche in 2006, and has been spared the budgetary and staff cuts suffered by other areas of government spending. Read more...