Funding ‘ill-defined’ plan for Irish College in Paris raised concern

Posted in Governance and administration on December 30th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A row over sending 20 young Irish people on work experience to assist with the refurbishment of the Irish College in Paris spanned more than two years, with appeals made to both Garret FitzGerald and Charles Haughey to help smooth the project …” (more)

[Elaine Edwards, Irish Times, 29 December]


How could Macron’s ‘European universities’ work?

Posted in Governance and administration on October 17th, 2017 by steve

“Setting out his grand vision to reinvigorate the European Union at the end of last month, Emmanuel Macron made clear he had big plans for the continent’s universities. By 2024, the French president said, Europe should have ‘at least 20’ of what he called ‘European universities’, offering students the chance to ‘study abroad and take classes in at least two different languages’ …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 15 October]

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French government proposes big science-spending boost

Posted in Research on September 30th, 2017 by steve

“French research funding is set for a heartening increase in the country’s first budget under President Emmanuel Macron, if draft 2018 plans released on 27 September are voted into law. The research portfolio of France’s ministry of higher education, research and innovation would rise by more than 6%, to €8.4 billion (US$9.9 billion) in 2018 …” (more)

[Barbara Casassus, Nature, 29 September]


Being an international student in France: What you need to know

Posted in Life on June 21st, 2017 by steve

“From how to make local friends to working out the grading system, British student Jessie Williams, who has just spent a year at university in France spells out what international students should expect: both the good and the bad …” (more)

[The Local, 20 June]

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French plan to create €5-billion science ‘super-campus’ in disarray

Posted in Governance and administration on May 5th, 2017 by steve

“French ambitions to create a €5-billion (US$5.5-billion) science ‘super-campus’ near Paris by 2020 seem to be in falling further apart, after a compromise scheme to save the troubled project was rejected by one of its creators …” (more)

[Barbara Casassus, Nature News, 5 May]


France’s academy: liberty, autonomy or permanent bureaucracy?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 20th, 2017 by steve

“To those outside the country, the French higher education system can be rather baffling. A unique mix of elite, specialist and often opaquely named grandes écoles, much larger, non-selective universities and a complex system of research institutes, it lacks the kind of generalist powerhouses in teaching and research that achieve prominence in global rankings …” (more)

[Matthew Reisz, Times Higher Education, 20 April]


Why British universities are unlikely to accept invitation to set up campuses in France

Posted in Governance and administration on February 22nd, 2017 by steve

“A consortium of academic institutes near Paris is hoping to lure British universities to create research campuses in France, dangling as bait the possibility of access to European Union research funds after Brexit. Some UK institutions aren’t ruling out the idea. But a rush to create outposts in France seems unlikely for the moment, one UK policy expert thinks …” (more)

[Barbara Casassus and Daniel Cressey, Nature News, 22 February]

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Oxford University considering French campus amid research funding concerns after Brexit

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2017 by steve

“Oxford University is considering opening its first foreign campus in direct response to the UK leaving the European Union. The former director of the French ministry for education, Jean-Michel Blanquer, confirmed French authorities and institutions were working to bring the UK’s most revered universities to France and said officials had also spoken to representatives from the University of Warwick …” (more)

[Harry Cockburn, Independent, 20 February]

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French auditors criticize €5-billion science super-campus near Paris

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2017 by steve

“France’s government auditor has taken a sharp swipe at efforts to develop a science super-campus near Paris that, by 2020, was supposed to rival the world’s top campus universities, such as the US Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). More than €5.3 billion (US$5.7 billion) in public spending has been earmarked for the Paris-Saclay science cluster …” (more)

[Barbara Casassus, Nature News, 8 February]


Erasmus tips: How to survive at a French university

Posted in Life on January 9th, 2017 by steve

“As the Erasmus scheme marks its 30th birthday, many students are preparing for a semester at a French university. Here’s the inside word on the things you need to know before studying in France …” (more)

[The Local, 9 January]

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‘The EU’s modernisation agenda for universities: the rising stars of French higher education’

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2016 by steve

EU“Ever since the Lisbon European Council declared in March 2000 that Europe was to become the “most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world”, European Union (EU) institutions have actively promoted various strategies to achieve this ambitious goal. For example, as early as 2003, the European Commission strongly advocated for a “Europe of Knowledge” (2003), and in the following years has regularly released Communications (2005, 2006, 2011) explicitly nudging member states to ‘modernise’ their higher education systems and universities …” (more)

[Ludovic Highman, CEPOB, March]

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Everyone wants to go to college – but who will pay?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A leaked report this week called for a student loan scheme to solve the chronic underfunding of universities. Would it stop standards dropping or prove unworkable …” (more)

[Kim Bielenberg, Independent, 20 December]

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Erasmus+ launches €30m Masters fund

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 3rd, 2015 by steve

EU“The European Commission has released details of a new Erasmus+ sponsored loan scheme worth up to €18,000 to Irish graduates who want to study for a Masters degree in France …” (more)

[Irish Times, 2 December]

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Returning to Trinity early will be difficult for students on Erasmus in France after Paris attacks

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2015 by steve

IrelandTrinity News has spoken to a number of Trinity students taking part in the Erasmus programme in France who have said that College has given them to understand that coming back to Trinity early for students who feel unsafe because of the recent terror attacks in Paris will be very difficult to facilitate …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 25 November]

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French students march over universities crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on October 16th, 2015 by steve

France“Students took to the streets of Paris on Friday to protest against the sorry state of French universities, which are suffering from overcrowding and a chronic lack of funding …” (more)

[Ben McPartland, The Local, 16 October]

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Students reveal French universities set to burst

Posted in Governance and administration on September 29th, 2015 by steve

France“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 …” (more)

[The Local, 29 September]


French universities crisis: Low fees and selection lotteries create headaches in higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 26th, 2015 by steve

France“Welcome to the bear-pit of the French university system. There is almost no selection; fees are minimal; classes are gigantic; and the first year failure rate is five times higher than in Britain …” (more)

[John Lichfield, Independent, 25 September]


France to award Legion d’Honneur to Irish academic

Posted in Life on September 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“UCC’s Prof Grace Neville honoured for work on Franco-Irish links and innovative teaching. An Irish academic is to be awarded France’s highest honour – the Légion d’Honneur – for her role in promoting Franco-Irish relations and her work in helping developing innovative teaching techniques within the French academic system …” (more)

[Barry Roche, Irish Times, 19 September]

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Call for papers: inequalities of access to higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 27th, 2015 by steve

France“Sciences Po – LIEPP is organising a conference themed Inequalities of access to higher education: the role of policies, institutions and markets. The conference takes place in Paris, October 8-9, 2015. The conference language is English …” (more)

[Hedda, 27 July]

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Thomas Piketty to join LSE

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2015 by steve

UK“Globally renowned economist Thomas Piketty has been appointed as a professor at the London School of Economics …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 14 May]

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