Emmanuel Macron wants to reform universities

During a videoconference with university presidents, Emmanuel Macron pleaded for “systemic” reform. A first step towards a paid system?

“Universities must become pillars of excellence”, underlined the Head of State during the closing of the Congress of the Conference of University Presidents.

But for that, it is necessary, according to him, to improve the entry into the university curriculum. While only 50% of first-year students show up for exams, Emmanuel Macron denounced an “intolerable mess”.

Towards greater autonomy?

He especially questioned the free university. “We will not be able to remain permanently in a system where higher education has no price for almost all students, where a third of students are considered to be scholarship holders and where, however, we have so much student insecurity, and a difficulty to finance a model which is much more financed by public money than anywhere in the world”, he thus underlined. In this sense, the president wished for greater autonomy of the faculties.

For the Head of State, the objective of this “systemic reform” is to make universities more efficient in guaranteeing the professional integration of students. “The university must become more effectively professionalizing”, he explained, believing that “the orientation must evolve to better correspond to the needs of the nation”. “When we open sectors without a perspective behind, we are driving an investment at a loss,” he added.

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