French President Attacks ‘Infantilizing System’ of ‘Weak Universities’

“President Nicolas Sarkozy of France has infuriated a key part of the country’s higher-education establishment with the tone of a speech he delivered last Thursday on France’s national strategy for research and innovation. Calling the country’s higher-education system ill-adapted to the challenges of knowledge and growth in the 21st century, Mr. Sarkozy said France trailed other industrialized nations in research and innovation because ‘too often we have retreated from the necessity of reforming our universities and research institutions’. Mr. Sarkozy was unsparing in his description of a system his government has already done much to reform …” (more)

[Aisha Labi, Chronicle, 28 January]

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