Franco-British Academic Partnerships

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Franco-British Academic Partnerships

The Next Chapter


July 8th, 2011

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The steady increase in joint programmes and qualifications offered by UK and French universities is a cause for celebration. But language constraints, financial pressures and political uncertainty present real obstacles to continued expansion. How are these to be overcome? And how can higher education institutions on either side of the Channel help each other to realise the enormous potential of Franco-British partnerships? Franco-British Academic Partnerships: The Next Chapter is a valuable opportunity not only to take stock of intensifying bilateral cooperation in the higher education sector, but also to share experience and best practice, and, hopefully, to identify some new initiatives and areas for collaboration. Boasting contributions from leading politicians and higher education managers, alongside essays from distinguished international scholars, the book will be required reading for academics and university leaders.

Contributor list: S.E.M. / H.E. Maurice GOURDAULT-MONTAGNE, French Ambassador to the United Kingdom. David WILLETTS MP, UK Minister of State for Universities and Science Prof. Rick TRAINOR, Principal Kings College London, former President Universities UK Mme Florentine PETIT, Chef du département des affaires européennes bilatérale, Ministère de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche Prof. Jean-Pierre GESSON, Vice-Président de la Conférence des Présidents d’Universités (CPU, Chargé des relations internationales) Mme Brigitte PORÉE, Conférence des Grandes Ecoles. Mme Hélène DUCHENE, Directeur des politiques de mobilité et d’attractivité, Direction de la Mondialisation, du développement et des partenariats, Ministère des Affaires étrangères. Prof. Monique CANTO-SPERBER, Directrice de l’École Normale Supérieure, Paris, Sir Howard DAVIES, Director of London School of Economics Dr John Smith, Deputy Secretary General, European University Association Prof. Andrew Hussey, Dean of the University of London Institute in Paris) Prof. Yves Lecointe, Président, Université de Nantes.

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Attaché for Higher Education at the French Embassy in the UK and Visiting Fellow Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. Senior Fellow in European Politics, London School of Economics Vice-Chair, Franco-British Council

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Notes on Contributors10
Foreword by His Excellency Bernard Emié22
Foreword by Sir Peter Westmacott24
Part I: Teaching and Training Partnerships28
1 Why is the United Kingdom Important to Sciences Po?30
2 Franco-Welsh Academic Partnerships: A Case Study Involving Transnational and Cross-sector Mobility41
3 Double Diplomas: A Franco-British Training Route of Excellence for Teachers of French Worldwide?52
4 The Entente Cordiale: A Grande École Engineering School Perspective65
5 Links Between British Universities and French Instituts Universitaires de Technologie: New Forms of Collaboration75
6 One Model: The Franco-German University86
7 Raising Students' International Profile: How Do Universities Address This Issue in Europe?90
8 Franco-British Academic Partnerships at the University of Provence96
9 University College London and France: Teaching and Research Collaborations104
10 Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne: An Overview of More Than 30 Years of Franco-British Partnerships112
11 Towards a Vision for a Networked European Business School119
Part II: Research Partnerships124
12 Franco-British Academic Partnership: Perspective from Imperial College London126
13 Sorbonne University's Franco-British Partnerships134
14 The École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE), Paris: Research Collaboration Between Britain and France137
15 International University Partnerships and the Role of the French Connection: The Experience of a London College144
16 Maison Française d'Oxford: A Hub of Academic Cooperation for the Humanities and Social Sciences in Oxford154
17 Multicultural London English/Multicultural Paris French161
18 Franco-British Cooperation in the Social Sciences During a Period of Structural Reform: Current Positions and Prospects172
19 The Publishing Industry and Research Perspectives179
Part III: Broader Perspectives184
20 Faire Mieux Ensemble: A New Approach to Franco-British Research Collaboration for Growth and Employment186
21 Internationalising Higher Education: The Role of the British Council193
22 CampusFrance, the French Agency Dedicated to International Mobility in Higher Education and Research204
23 The Role of the UK Media in the Communications Strategies of France's Grande École Business Schools207
24 The Franco-British Connections: A Student/Alumni Network Supporting Franco-British Student Initiatives210
25 A Golden Triangle: Universities, Research and Business. A Comparative Perspective Between the UK and France220
Appendices: Addresses and Speeches at the Franco-British Academic Partnerships Seminar, French Institute, London, 5 February 2010228
1 David Willetts, MP230
2 Valérie Pécresse232
3 Rick Trainor235
4 Florentine Petit236
5 Brigitte Porée: The French Grandes Écoles and British Universities238
6 Monique Canto-Sperber242
7 Sir Howard Davies: Franco-British University Collaboration - Can We Realise Churchill's 1940 Vision?246
8 Adam Steinhouse: Academic-Government Partnerships - A Pragmatic View249
9 Hélène Duchêne251
10 Support for Higher Education from the French Embassy255
11 Strengths and Opportunities in the British University System258