Drawing on 45 semi-structured interviews conducted in four public universities as part of a CGHE international comparative project on the public good in higher education, we examine 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. Our findings indicate that a variety of views of the public good value/contribution of higher education co-exist, which, in a context of reform, reflect various conceptions of the ways in which the principles and practices driving the French ‘republican’ model work or should work.
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Vincent Carpentier is a Co-Investigator on CGHE’s global higher engagement research programme and CGHE’s social and economic impact of higher education research programme.
Dr Aline Courtois
Dr Aline Courtois is a Lecturer in Education at the University of Bath. Before coming to Bath she was a Research Associate at the Centre for Global Higher Education, working on programme 1 as well as on the ‘Brexit and higher education in the UK and Europe’ project. Previously she held the National University of Ireland Dr Garret FitzGerald Fellowship in the Social Sciences and lectured in Ireland and in France. She has published widely on student mobility, academic precarity, and elite education.