IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Public good, French universities and the Republican model of higher education

13 February 2020, 12:30 pm–2:00 pm

University of Paris

In this seminar, Dr Courtois and Dr Carpentier will discuss the concept of the public good in the French higher education context.

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Centre for Global Higher Education


Room G03
26 Bedford Way

This study examines the cultural, political, social and economic forces at play in the way the ‘public good’ is perceived, translated and debated within the French higher education context.

This has been done by drawing on 45 semi-structured interviews conducted in four public universities as part of a Centre for Global Higher Education (CGHE) international comparative project on the public good in higher education.

Our findings indicate that a variety of views of the public contribution of higher education co-exist. In a context of reform, this reflects various conceptions of the ways in which the principles and practices driving the French ‘republican’ model work or should work.


About the Speakers

Dr Aline Courtois

Lecturer in Education at University of Bath

Before coming to Bath, Aline was a Research Associate at the CGHE, working on programme 1 as well as on the ‘Brexit and higher education in the UK and Europe’ project. 

Dr Vincent Carpentier

Reader, Co-Investigator on CGHE's global higher engagement research programme and CGHE’s social and economic impact of Higher Education research programme at UCL Institute of Education

Vincent's research focuses on the global and national political economy of higher education and the socio-economic history of Higher Education.