July 17, 2014
Naël Desaldeleer
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Deciphering the European Higher Education Area (EHEA)

These days we are witnessing attempts to build a single, pan-European sphere of higher education and research (HE&R) in the fight against national area segmentation. The Bologna Process and its reform of academic degrees is well known, but is it really clearly understood? As the original Bologna Process formally ended in 2010, the time has come to examine the first results. Since it will gradually come to shape all activities in the field, how HE&R stakeholders understand it will be crucial ...
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January 31, 2014
Naël Desaldeleer
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The so-called French university crisis: facts and self-fulfilling ideology

Not a week goes by in France without some newspaper headline about the university crisis, but it is also time to talk numbers concerning this matter. Reviewing an empirical study by two French sociologists, we find that the crisis is not the one we are told. There is a persistent rumour that public universities are in crisis, and this notion is also prevalent in France. Over the last decade, the world of public higher education and research has been subject to many ...
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November 27, 2013
Naël Desaldeleer
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How to speak the language of French Higher Education and Research Part 2: Glossary

With its grandes écoles, non selective universités and ever increasing number of acronyms, the French system of Higher Education and Research has always been difficult to understand. However, even France seems willing to try to change. This does not mean that no new acronyms have been invented (PRES, FCS, IDEX, CGI, etc.), but it does mean that France has prepared itself to enter the global landscape of Higher Education and Research. In 2011, after five years of reforms, a new landscape ...
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November 27, 2013
Naël Desaldeleer
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How to speak the language of French Higher Education and Research Part 1: Translating the reforms of 2011

With its grandes écoles, non selective universités and ever increasing number of acronyms, the French system of Higher Education and Research has always been difficult to understand. However, even France seems willing to try to change. This does not mean that no new acronyms have been invented (PRES, FCS, IDEX, CGI, etc.), but it does mean that France has prepared itself to enter the global landscape of Higher Education and Research. In 2011, after five years of reforms, a new landscape ...
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October 9, 2013
Naël Desaldeleer
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Massification, globalisation and new technologies: higher education in the face of change

Higher Education has to evolve to be still fitted to our world. And one could reply that Higher Education always adapted itself. That’s for sure. But are we still in the context of an “ordinary” revolution, that can be answered with “ordinary” new ways, or does it imply a different scale of thinking anew? In this post, Naël tries to summarize the kind of challenges that Higher Education will have to face in the next years. The world is changing; in this ...
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