Higher education is one's basic rights according to the French Constitution, for this reason, it is accessible to all, in theory. It is a quite complicated system, that doesn't really relate to other systems (American, English etc). It's first aim is its universality, but we will see how this is challenged
and what are the problems of the frenchsystem.
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I) French Higher Education
A. The University
B. The "Great Schools"
C. "Post Bac" Schools
II) Ups and Downs of the French System
III) French and Chinese System
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[...] Indeed, the fact that there is no selection means that many students go to the university to and test and after one year they realize that they want to do something else. This phenomenon is very hard to deal with on a strictly material level. So to conclude, I believe that the Chinese system needs modifications as for now it is very hard and competitive and can be negative for the students. But the French system, as nice and fair as its seems faces also many problems, most of them being lack of money. [...]
[...] The University First you can go to the university, in France it's a public service, education is accessible for everybody. There is no selection and its free, you register then attend the classes and you can pass from one year to the other if you successfully pass the final exams at the end of each year. You can get a Licence after 3 years of studies, then a Master after 5 years, then a PhD. The ?Great Schools? You can also decide to go to a ?Grande Ecole? (Great School), this is usually for top highschool students, the selection is very hard and the competition is fierce. [...]
[...] And they favour students from the countryside, as they would not have the opportunity to come to Paris and prepare and take the examination You can also take an entrance examination, which is very competitive students are selected this way, most of them come from wealthy Parisian families: they have the money to hire private tutors and prepare well the exam The third way is very innovative: the school developed a partnership with highschools from the poor regions of France, and they select the top students of these schools, recommended by their teachers and they coach them during their first year of study at Sciences Po Paris so they can fill the gaps in their knowledge. This system was a first in France, and it is now inspiring other top schools. French and Chinese Systems In the end it appears that both systems have their pros and cons. For the Chinese system, the universal test Gao Kao is interesting as it can select the students on a general basis. [...]
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Borrione D.EtudianteQuestions socialesFrench High Educational System Explained