Public good, French universities and the Republican model of higher education

Aline Courtois, vincent carpentier

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Drawing on 45 semi-structured interviews conducted in four public universities as part of a CGHE international comparative project on the public good in higher education, we examine the cultural, political, social and economic forces at play in the way the ‘public good’ is perceived, translated and debated within the French higher education context. Our findings indicate that a variety of views of the public good value/contribution of higher education co-exist, which, in a context of reform, reflect various conceptions of the ways in which the principles and practices driving the French ‘republican’ model work or should work.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 13 Feb 2020
EventCGHE seminar series - UCL IOE, London, UK United Kingdom
Duration: 13 Feb 202013 Feb 2020


SeminarCGHE seminar series
Abbreviated titleCGHE
Country/TerritoryUK United Kingdom
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