Universities court world’s brightest students

The French government has started unveiling a series of reforms aimed at making its universities more attractive to foreigners, with a new emphasis on drawing in the brightest students from developing countries, writes Joseph Bamat for France24.

According to government ministers, the reforms are meant to improve the experience of foreign students in France and open possibilities for them in the job market. “International students and researchers represent an asset for France,” Higher Education Minister Geneviève Fioraso told students during a visit to Cité U campus last Tuesday.

New two- to three-year student visas, new centres dedicated to easing paperwork for international students, and the loosening of labour laws to permit an easier transition from the classroom to French-based jobs were planned as part of the charm offensive.
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