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Elite civil service school opens its doors to PhD holders

The École Nationale d'Administration, the grande école that trains top French civil servants, will run entrance exams for doctoral graduates, who have previously been practically excluded from joining the school.

ENA will run its first entrance exam specifically for recent doctoral graduates in 2019, with the scheme running on an experimental basis for five years, according to a government decree passed on 16 September.  

At present, ENA admits students through three separate entrance exams: one for recent graduates, one for public servants with at least four years’ professional experience and one for private-sector employees with at least eight years’ professional experience.

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