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France forms united front to attract international students

French universities, grandes écoles and engineering schools have joined forces to call on the government to boost France’s standing as a destination for overseas students and researchers.

The CPU, France’s association of university presidents, and the CGE and Cdefi, who represent France’s grandres écoles and engineering schools, respectively, outlined six measures they said were necessary for France to keep up with its international competitors in higher education.

Two of the recommendations called on the government to fund more programmes that would raise France’s attractiveness. Government grants for overseas students have been cut from €133 million in 2004 to €71m in 2016, and the associations called for a reversal of this trend.

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