Friday, July 6, 2007

French Universities

The Economist weighs in on the troubles facing French universities.

I must admit I wasn't aware of the difficulties a student had to conquer to find a decent education in France - apparently, you have to leave.

Some of the more bizarre regulations include how universities cannot select students for admission: Anyone who finishes high school at a certain level is guaranteed admission (free tuition!) to their local university - but only their local university. No moving from France to Toulouse to find the
better economics department.

Personally, I would be hard-pressed to dream up a system that would be more prone to stagnation. I really don't think there's any need for governments to be involved in funding education, but given that they will, you might as well at least pass along the money in a rational way.

Three cheers for competition!

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