Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The French Exception

The recession has hit higher education hard across Europe, but France is an exception, according to the European University Association:

France and Germany, continental Europe's dominant economies, are notable exceptions. Both countries have announced major new commitments to higher education and research, although Mr. Estermann emphasized that they represent two very different scenarios. In Germany's federal system, higher education is more the preserve of the 16 states than the national government. The states are facing a "diverse" economic picture, but the federal government has increased its support of higher education and research institutions, Mr. Estermann noted. In France, the government's pledge to commit billions of euros more to higher education predated the onset of the economic crisis, and "it is one of the countries that has actually kept its promise," said Mr. Estermann. "It is more the exception than the rule."

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