“Private higher education does not have the place it should have in France”

FIGAROVOX / TRIBUNE – The monopoly on diplomas awarded by the state is contrary to the interests of students, families and the public authorities themselves. Let’s shun it in favor of quality control, argue Jean-Philippe Delsol and Nicolas Lacousin, respectively, president and director of the Institute for Economic and Financial Research.

The French pride themselves on opening an open university for all. They brag less about its poor results with 56% failures in the first year of licensure (in 2018), a diploma that only 30% of students receive after three years.

However, according to the QS World University Rankings 2021, the countries with the best universities are those where the share of the private sector is the largest in spending on higher education. This share represents 64.8% in the United States (ranking first), 71.4% in the United Kingdom (second), 62.2% in Australia (fourth), Japan 67.6% (fifth).

French private higher education establishments essentially group together about one hundred engineering and business schools, preparatory classes for the Grands coles, and finally only 13 private university education establishments, including 6 Catholic institutions.

Better supervised and supported, students continue their studies there

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