08 mars 2015

Higher Education Secretary Fioraso resigns

By Jane Marshall. France’s dynamic state secretary for higher education and research, Geneviève Fioraso, has resigned for health reasons. Fioraso’s achievements during her tenure included a major national debate into the future of higher education and research which led to a new framework law.
She was also able to maintain levels of funding and jobs during a time of austerity and cuts in other budgets; simplify processes for first and masters degrees; and launch an ambitious building programme for student housing.
Among her many achievements, she extended student grants, introduced a national ‘student-entrepreneur’ statute, and adopted reforms – opposed by research unions – to increase research competitiveness while working towards bringing universities and the selective grandes écoles closer together – all this while managing a budget of €23 billion [US$25 billion] for more than 200 institutions. Read more...
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