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French students going abroad to bypass selective entry exams

September 8, 2011


As presented by l’Etudiant, the French education magazine, more and more French students, thank to the rules of the European Union, are choosing foreign universities for disciplines where the entry exam in France is very competitive (original article in French: ) Two examples: Study medicine in Cluj, Romania Since 2007, the year of Romania’s […]

Why are general rankings useless to students?

August 17, 2011


Back in 2009, Nian Cai Lu, the creator of the ARWU “Shanghai” ranking aptly warned that this ranking did “not constitute a standard for world-class universities” (for this interview in French: This is the opportunity to remind us a simple fact: general rankings (Times Higher Education ranking and ARWU being the best examples) are […]

Why discussing the branch campuses’ bubble is the wrong debate

July 20, 2011


It is the trend now to consider that the apparent proliferation of branch campuses worldwide is similar to a bubble and that it could suddenly burst. The main similarity that I see with a financial bubble is that the same experts who were ecstatic about the internationalisation of universities 10 years ago are now promising […]

MBA programs: a French view vs. another French view

July 7, 2011


In a recent article in the Financial Times (, a very cliché view of the French “Grandes Ecoles” ( and particularly Business Schools) is presented. As it was not written by a English academic à la David Lodge but by a vice-Dean of a well-known French business school, it is even more interesting. The author […]

Higher education in the Gulf: When will the business model(s) implode?

July 5, 2011


This article is an extended version of a note published by University World News:   Higher education in the Gulf countries is developing fast. But contrary to the general view, these countries face different issues and constraints and are not a homogeneous block. There are two main factors of differentiation: . Only Saudi Arabia, […]