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Flaws in France’s university research system exposed

A recent report from the Cour des Comptes (France’s national audit office) finds weaknesses in the management of French public research.  Le Figaro leaked the confidential report in mid-September.  From its review of 45 establishments, the Cour des Comptes found that "the disparity between resources mobilised and measured achievements is due to weaknesses in the management of French public research".

The Court of Auditors pin the weaknesses of French research on five points: insufficient concentration of resources; rigid status and inadequate inspection of university teaching and research staff; insufficient evaluation of research teams; weak management; and insufficient registration of patents. To help correct limitations, the Court of Auditors proposes "transparency", and measures founded on "objectives whose realization can be evaluated".

Recherche publique: le rapport qui dérange