05 octobre 2015

Students reveal universities set to burst

University students across France have taken to social media to share pictures of their overflowing lecture theatres, in a bid to raise the alarm bells, reports The Local.fr. There are an additional 65,000 students at universities in France this term taking the total up to 2.5 million – and the students themselves are feeling a little cramped. Read more...

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Budget restores €100 million cut from universities last year

By Jane Marshall. As a record number of students start the new university year, the government has announced that higher education and research are priorities and their 2016 budget has been spared from cuts. Read more...

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01 octobre 2015

Partenariat avec l’Agence universitaire de la francophonie: mutualisons nos moyens pour plus de coopération francophone

Les Régions françaises ont signé le 15 septembre 2015 un accord de partenariat avec l’Agence universitaire de la francophonie (AUF), visant à développer les synergies entre les deux réseaux au service de leurs projets de coopération avec les pays du Sud.
L’accord a été paraphé par Jean-Paul Bachy, président de la commission Affaires internationales de l’ARF, et Bernard Cerquiglini, recteur de l’AUF. Fondée à Montréal en 1961, l’AUF est un réseau associatif mondial de 812 établissements universitaires et scientifiques répartis sur tous les continents et  travaillant principalement en français. Voir l'article...

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25 septembre 2015

A dash of data: Spotlight on French households

Economic growth (GDP) always gets a lot of attention, but when it comes to determining how people are doing it’s interesting to look at other indicators that focus more on the actual material conditions of households. Let’s see how households in France are doing by looking at a few indicators. More...

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23 septembre 2015

La formation professionnelle au service de l'amélioration des compétences en France - OCDE 2015

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "epale"Cette nouvelle publication de l'OCDE traite de la formation professionnelle des jeunes et des adultes en France et de ses faiblesses, en particulier au vu de l'acquisition de compétences de base. L'auteure analyse ici le système actuel et plaide pour plus d'efficacité en matière d’orientation, d’évaluation et de certification dans une approche plus individualisée et de meilleure qualité. Voir l'article...

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21 septembre 2015

Studying in France: what you need to know

By Jonathan Li. France used to have a complicated system of degrees and diplomas, but as part of the Bologna process degrees are being standardised into Licence, Master and Doctorat levels, which correspond to Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate degrees, requiring three, two, and three years respectively to complete.
The large majority of higher education institutions in France are state-funded, meaning there is only a nominal tuition fee of around €200-€400 per year, depending on the level of studies. More...

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19 septembre 2015

La formation professionnelle au service de l'amélioration des compétences en France

L'OCDE, dans une rapport formule plusieurs recommandations afin d'améliorer le niveau de vie de la population et notamment l’efficacité de la formation.
Consulter le rapport La formation professionnelle au service de l'amélioration des compétences en France. Voir l'article...

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11 septembre 2015

International student tuition fees in France – a valuable idea?

By Ariane de Gayardon de Fenoyl. With just one week to go until that exciting moment where every single conference participant comes together for the Opening Plenary in Glasgow, we bring you yet another fascinating blog post from the 2015 Conference Conversation Starter series. Addressing the incredibly timely issue of tuition fees for international students through the lens of the French case, the third blog post in this series is sure to strike a chord with higher education professionals and students alike.
This year’s Conference Conversation Starter tackles, among other things, the topic of tuition fees for international students. This topic begs the question: what is the value of international students to universities? Is it about the money they can bring to the university (or the country)? Is it about the diversity they bring to the classroom? Is it about educating students from less developed economies for the global public good?
In the first half of this year, these questions came under scrutiny in France, as the first serious debate about introducing international student tuition fees transpired. At a time when higher education systems in many parts of the world are undergoing financial austerity, France is not the first country to open this debate and will certainly not be the last. But, like any debate on this topic, the national context shapes the nuances of the discussion. France is not only the third most attractive country for international students globally, but also a country where half of all international students come from Africa.

Welfare states
European welfare states might be particularly vulnerable to such issues, as they conceive education as a right and provide it either for free or at low tuition fees. Governments in these countries bear the major share of the cost of education. In times of economic hardship, it becomes interesting to question whether they should be investing in the education of individuals who are not likely to participate in the national economy. The fact that such debates have been omnipresent in the Nordic countries – the archetypical welfare states – in the past decade shows how prevalent this question has become. Denmark and Sweden now charge international student tuition fees, and Finland will likely start doing so by 2016 – despite mixed reviews of the trial period and resistance from student unions.

The state of French higher education
As far as French public universities are concerned, at €189.10 annually for all undergraduates (domestic or foreign) in the 2014−2015 academic year, tuitions are considered very low. The government bears most of the cost of public higher education – 80.8% in 2015 according to the OECD. It was estimated, in 2012, that government funding per student amounted to over €11 000, up from €7 000 in the 1980s. This trend has been parallel with a continuous increase in the number of students. As a result, it is perhaps unsurprising that questions started to arise about the funding of higher education and the possibility of implementing higher tuition fees for international students.
In 2015, a report (English summary) about the internationalisation of higher education by France Stratégie, a think tank working for the French prime minister, suggested the introduction of full cost tuition fees for international students, using the funds saved to subsidise the internationalisation of universities. France, however, has some unique characteristics that might make the decision more difficult.

Attractive to whom?
France is a unique case because of the position it holds as an attractive country for international students. France was ranked the third most attractive study destination in the world by UNESCO, attracting as much as 7% of the total of 2 million mobile students globally. Interestingly, the ranking is topped by the United States and the United Kingdom – two countries known for their high tuition fees.
The issue of international student fees in France sparks acute debate at least in part because of the origin of its students. Nearly half of all international students in France come from Africa – a heritage from France’s colonial past. Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Senegal, and Cameroon are all in the top 10 countries of origin. Are these typically students who can afford more than 10 000 euros in tuition fees? This issue is emphasised by the responses of a survey where 82% of international students in France declared that studying in France represented a financial strain for their family, even at the current low tuition fees.
What does France stand to lose in this trade-off? France would lose a large share of its international students – about 40% according to the France Stratégie report, a number that would be hard to replace. France probably does not have the ability to attract the students that can afford the type of tuition fees the report is proposing, especially if one considers the language barrier when compared to the United States and United Kingdom. France would also see a considerable loss in the diversity of its higher education. Last but not least, in 2014, economic benefits from the presence of international students on French soil were estimated at €4.5bn, with a positive balance of €1.5bn once the cost of tuition was removed. This far exceeds the €850 million that the France Stratégie report estimates would be saved from moving to full tuition fees. It would simply be a bad economic move for France.

A debate resolved – for now
In July 2015, the French government put an end to the debate by stating that international students would continue to pay the same tuition fees as domestic and European students. Questioning this system is no longer taboo, and the discussion is likely to resurface. This is a strategic decision that needs to be made clear by addressing all facets: should the focus be on the economy, the diversity in the system, the global and national public good, or foreign affairs? France, like many other countries, will need time to weigh the benefits and disadvantages brought by international students. More...

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Les institutions universitaires françaises s’engagent pour l’accueil des réfugiés

Alors que le Président de la République vient de réaffirmer l’engagement de la France, terre d’asile, à accueillir un nombre important de réfugiés syriens, irakiens et érythréens, les présidents d’université et directeurs de grands établissements réunis au sein de la CPU rappellent, avec le réseau des CROUS, le rôle que doivent jouer les universités, présentes sur tout le territoire, dans ce dispositif.
La CPU a, à plusieurs reprises, sollicité ses membres et partenaires afin d’accueillir dans les meilleures conditions les étudiants des pays victimes de conflits, notamment syriens (Lire l’actualité de la CPU). Les responsables d’établissements d’enseignement supérieur et de recherche que nous rassemblons ont par ailleurs condamné avec la plus grande énergie les opérations militaires et les actes terroristes contre les lieux de production et de diffusion de savoir que devraient être, partout dans le monde, les universités, espaces traditionnels d’accueil. Voir l'article...

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Quel avenir pour la formation continue des immigrés en France ?

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "epale"L’éducation des adultes immigrant en France est, plus que jamais, brûlante d’actualité. En 2013, 8,8% (5,8 millions) des personnes résidant sur le territoire français étaient immigrées (soit nées étrangères à l’étranger) et environ 200 000 personnes arrivent chaque année sur notre sol. La question de la formation continue est centrale dans leur parcours d’intégration puisque déterminante pour leurs perspectives d’emploi, d’inclusion sociale, de développement personnel et de participation à la vie démocratique française. Voir l'article...

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