RIHE Open Seminar “Free access to university studies and international mobility. What implications for the attractiveness of the higher education institutions? France and Japan, a comparative study”/ October 28, 2019

The open seminar will be held as follows:

■Date
15:00-17:00, Monday, October 28th, 2019

■Theme 
Free access to university studies and international mobility. What implications for the attractiveness of the higher education institutions? France and Japan, a comparative study

■Abstract
In France, yearly registration fees in faculties and other institutions of higher learning began to be paid by the students at the end of the XIXth century. Later on, in the middle of the XXth century, the principle of free public education became imposed durably and aimed to equal access to education.
In 2018, the French State adopted a series of measures aiming to the increase of the registration fees and this rapidly became an issue of challenges and tensions between people concerned. Collective actions connecting teachers and students took over the public sphere.
Factually, the registration fees are a complex issue involving several factors such as the French IIIrd Republic legacy, the education policies, and the human, material or financial resources. All these questions were in connection with equality in the access to higher education, the competence of the students and their position with respect to education.
In this talk, we first try to clarify the terminology of the topic and then to analyze the corresponding policies recently launched by the French government. We shall focus on the real opening of the French universities to the internationalization of the higher education and research systems, as recommended by the European Union since 1998 (Bologna Process and Lisbon Strategy). The impact of these policies on the foreign (non-European) students’ mobility and their reception arrangements in France shall be addressed.
At the end of our talk, we will propose you some concluding remarks, opening up comparative perspectives between France and Japan.

■Venue 
Room No. 112, RIHE, Hiroshima University

■Lecturers
Yamina Bettahar (University of Lorraine, France)

■Language
This seminar will be given in English. Questions in French and Japanese will be accepted.

■Note
・Participation fee is free 
・Some photos will be taken during the seminar. These will be used for our website, report etc. Thank you for your understanding.
・This seminar will be given by JSPS fellow (JSPS International Fellowship for Research in Japan).

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