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[France] Research and innovation system could do better – OECD

France’s research and innovation programme to 2020 is taking the right general approach but is too complex, and universities should play a greater role alongside the powerful national research organisations. These are among the findings of a review of French innovation policies by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Following publication at the end of June of the 294-page OECD report, Examens de l’OCDE des politiques d’innovation: France, French ministers have set up a national commission to evaluate innovation policies. (...) - University World News,

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Vers un gel d’un an des frais de scolarité des étudiants français

Vers un gel d’un an des frais de scolarité des étudiants français | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Les étudiants français au Québec pourraient gagner un an avant le renchérissement de leurs frais universitaires, en attendant une «démarche concertée» entre la province canadienne et la France, selon des sources concordantes jeudi.

 

La nouvelle majorité libérale au pouvoir à Québec avait déclenché une vive émotion chez les expatriés — élus, étudiants et diplomates français —, en annonçant une harmonisation du coût des études des étrangers francophones avec celui des étudiants canadiens des autres provinces.

 

Cet alignement reviendrait à tripler le coût des études universitaires des Français, qui paient actuellement le même prix que les Québécois, en vertu d’une entente datant de 1978. (...) - Le Devoir, 29/05/2014

 

 

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French Science Minister Loses Job in Cabinet Reshuffle—Or Does She?

French Science Minister Loses Job in Cabinet Reshuffle—Or Does She? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Geneviève Fioraso is out, but she may be back in next week

French Higher Education and Research Minister Geneviève Fioraso was among the political victims of a major defeat for the Socialist Party (PS) in local elections last Sunday. In the wake of the electoral disaster, President François Hollande ditched almost half of his Cabinet, including Fioraso; the new prime minister, Manuel Valls, announced yesterday that career politician Benoît Hamon will succeed her in a new superministry that also encompasses primary and secondary education. (....) - by Elisabeth Pain, Science, 3 April 2014

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French universities: when autonomy rhymes with bankruptcy

French universities: when autonomy rhymes with bankruptcy | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
French universities have undergone a transition towards financial and operational autonomy since a 2007 law was enacted to that effect. This means that the salaries of university employees are now paid directly by universities and no longer by the French State. A vast operation aiming to reduce the cost of payrolls, the move to autonomy has been tantamount to transferring financial and operational responsibilities to the universities without the necessary allocation of funds to meet the new costs. - See more at: http://euroscientist.com/2013/11/french-universities-when-autonomy-rhymes-with-bankruptcy/#sthash.qpPhveMb.dpufFrench universities have undergone a transition towards financial and operational autonomy since a 2007 law was enacted to that effect. This means that the salaries of university employees are now paid directly by universities and no longer by the French State. A vast operation aiming to reduce the cost of payrolls, the move to autonomy has been tantamount to transferring financial and operational responsibilities to the universities without the necessary allocation of funds to meet the new costs. - See more at: http://euroscientist.com/2013/11/french-universities-when-autonomy-rhymes-with-bankruptcy/#sthash.qpPhveMb.dpufFrench universities have undergone a transition towards financial and operational autonomy since a 2007 law was enacted to that effect. This means that the salaries of university employees are now paid directly by universities and no longer by the French State. A vast operation aiming to reduce the cost of payrolls, the move to autonomy has been tantamount to transferring financial and operational responsibilities to the universities without the necessary allocation of funds to meet the new costs. - See more at: http://euroscientist.com/2013/11/french-universities-when-autonomy-rhymes-with-bankruptcy/#sthash.qpPhveMb.dpuf

French universities have undergone a transition towards financial and operational autonomy since a 2007 law was enacted to that effect. This means that the salaries of university employees are now paid directly by universities and no longer by the French State. A vast operation aiming to reduce the cost of payrolls, the move to autonomy has been tantamount to transferring financial and operational responsibilities to the universities without the necessary allocation of funds to meet the new costs. (...) - Euroscientist, by Anne Fraïsse, November 20th, 2013

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France's Message to Science: Help Us Fix the Economy

France's Message to Science: Help Us Fix the Economy | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

France's government hopes that science can help shore up the country's lackluster economy. On Tuesday, the National Assembly approved a new law that aims to simplify the national landscape for research and higher education and make it more efficient, better able to address societal and economic challenges, and more competitive at the European level. The bill, which comes hand in hand with a new strategic plan for France's research priorities, also gives the government a greater role in coordinating research. The bill and the road map have been sharply criticized by various groups of researchers and university professors.(...) - ScienceInsider, by Elisabeth Pain on 30 May 2013

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France: Debate on future of higher education and research

A vast national consultation to determine the future of French higher education and research has culminated in 121 proposals, distilled from nearly 1,300 written contributions and 20,000 participants who attended more than 500 meetings and debates throughout the country.

The three themes of the Assises Nationales de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche, held in Paris on 26 and 27 November, were ensuring success for all students, especially those taking first degrees; giving a fresh boost to research, at all stages and in all fields, and ensuring French influence in Europe and internationally; and improving governance of institutions and organisation of the higher education and research system nationally and regionally. - University World News, Jane Marshall, 02 December 2012, Issue No:250

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French research funding system is too 'rigid,' OECD says

French research funding system is too 'rigid,' OECD says | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Review slams controversial R&D tax credit system as "too generous".

France's research system is "rigid" and "complex," according to a report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The study, released this past Friday, urges the center-left government of François Hollande to continue reforms set in motion over the past decade but criticizes France's tax credit system for R&D as ineffective and "too generous." (...) - by Tania Rabesandratana, Science, 1 July 2014

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Survol des modes de financement de l’enseignement supérieur dans différents pays

Pour mieux comprendre les enjeux du financement des universités au Québec, l’Université du Québec a réalisé un survol des modes de financement de l’enseignement supérieur au Québec, en Ontario, en Alberta, en Colombie-Britanique, en Angleterre, en France, en Australie, au Texas, en Nouvelle-Zélande, en Finlande, en Norvège et en Californie.  Ces travaux sont cités dans le rapport d’étape du Chantier sur la politique de financement des universités. (...) - L’éveilleur, par Lise Lafrance, 24/04/2014

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French academy decries slide in research spending

French academy decries slide in research spending | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Cut of €80 million in 2014 budget threatens health of basic research, scientists warn.

The French Academy of Sciences has issued its strongest distress signal in decades to warn against the consequences of recent declines in government research spending. (...) - by Barbara Casassus, Nature, 02 January 2014

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France: Big student grants increase in reformed system

Student unions in France have welcomed the announcement of a reformed system of student benefits – including a substantial increase in grants – costing an extra €318 million (US$417 million) for the next two years, starting from the new university year in September.

Geneviève Fioraso, minister of higher education and research, met student representatives on Tuesday to explain the reform, which will be introduced in two stages, starting with students in greatest difficulty. Further measures will come into effect from 2014-15. (...) -  University World News, by Jane Marshall, 18 July 2013 Issue No:281

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Etranger : des présidents d’universités recrutés par des personnalités extérieures

Etranger : des présidents d’universités recrutés par des personnalités extérieures | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Alors qu’en France, les présidents d’université sont issus du monde enseignant, la Suède et les États-Unis ont opté pour des présidents nommés, souvent extérieurs à l’université. (...) - Le Figaro étudiant, par Marie-Estelle Pech, 21/05/2013

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