Highered in France: one country, two systems

November 11, 2013

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Recently, the president of the French Association of University Presidents (CPU) published an article in “Le Monde” where it stated that “Everyone knows, and students realize that when they enter into a school, in “Grandes Ecoles”, teaching is not very good.” As you may guess, this sparked lots of reactions. This is another of these […]

Teaching and learning taken seriously (finally?)

July 4, 2013

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The recent report from the European Union’s High Level Group on the Modernisation of Higher Education (http://ec.europa.eu/education/higher-education/doc/modernisation_en.pdf ) has generated many articles in the area, for example in University World News (http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=2013062121081920) or the EU Observer (http://euobserver.com/education/120537). This report follows similar reports from the OECD such as “Fostering High quality teaching in high education” (http://www.oecd.org/edu/imhe/QT%20policies%20and%20practices.pdf […]

Are French BSchools the sleeping beauties of the international scene?

June 21, 2013

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Having worked in many different parts of the world, I am still surprised by the almost inexistent presence of the French business schools on the international higher education scene. Hold on! You will certainly tell me, French business schools are very active. Indeed, they have sent and received students on exchange in many countries for […]

MOOCs, certainly a storm but how big is the tea cup?

April 24, 2013

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This week’s front page of the University World News website features one ecstatic article on the development of MOOCs in Asia (http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20130417153545600 ) and one on Europe finally entering into the enlightened world of MOOCs (http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20130419152105627 ). By looking at the Google Trends graph on the acronym, MOOCs are certainly a much discussed topic. What’s […]

Is higher education the last industry where the final customers (companies) are not paying? (a controversial post)

January 29, 2013

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The short term aim of higher education is to provide graduates who will be ready to be employed by companies and organisations. As such, the final customer has never been the student but the companies. And outside of rare exceptions, companies are not directly paying for that. In light of the mounting debts for graduates […]

PISA, TIMSS and higher education, a missing link and a pending disaster for many countries?

January 18, 2013

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The recent release of the TIMSS ranking (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Survey) generated as usual lots of articles on the “good” and “bad” education systems and how it can jeopardise the economy of a country. But is that really the case? I did a little exercise, using the PISA 2009 results (PISA is […]

Students from southern Europe run away from the crisis to the North

August 16, 2012

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A difficult economic situation pushes more and more graduates to complete their education in a foreign country least affected by the crisis. They hope to find work more easily after graduation. In Europe, young people are bearing the brunt of the economic crisis. Unemployment affects one in three young active in Greece, one in two […]