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Around Europe: France outlines priorities for Presidency of the EU
France’s Minister for Higher Education and Research, Valérie Pécresse, last week outlined her higher education priorities for France’s Presidency of the European Union later this year.
Speaking at the annual meeting of the French Rectors’ Conference (Conférence des présidents d’université) – held in Brussels (2-4 April) to mark the French Presidency – she underlined the priority areas where France will seek to be active at European level. These include: improving student mobility; reinforcing quality assurance of higher education, and identifying indicators to improve international comparability of higher education in Europe.
On the subject of mobility, she told the audience that current research into the existing barriers to improving student movement in Europe, would form the basis of Presidency discussions. The Minister also welcomed the recent launch of the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education, underlining that France would promote the move towards a true quality assurance of higher education programmes across Europe.
She also stressed the French Presidency would also tackle the issue of international indicators for comparing higher education. Underlining the impact of international rankings, the Minister said she hoped the Presidency would be the moment to move towards defining criteria that were better adapted to European higher education. These discussions would be helpful in promoting a dialogue on the possibility of European rankings.
She concluded her speech by underlining the importance of lifelong learning to Europe. France had made progress in this area, but there was still a long way to go before a true lifelong learning system was in place. The charter on lifelong learning which the French Prime Minister has asked EUA to produce for the end of November will be a step in understanding the role of universities in this transformation in higher education.
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