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French and Germans offer new online study and work services

CampusFrance has just launched a new online catalogue for international students wishing to pursue a doctoral programme in France. Around 3 000 research centres and 300 doctoral departments can be accessed via a research engine based on 20 000 key words. Practical information for international students is also available, including hints on enrolment procedures and funding issues. Foreign students currently represent one third of doctoral students in France. In 2004, 9 600 doctorate degrees were delivered in France, 60% in the field of science, 25% in social science, and 12% in law, economics and business administration.

Across the border in Germany, an online job market,, has been launched for higher-education professionals who are aiming to develop their career in Germany, Austria or Switzerland. This English-language “career portal” advertises current vacancies at universities and research institutes in the German-speaking countries in order to attract highly qualified scientists and researchers from abroad. The website is a joint initiative of DIE ZEIT and the magazine “Forschung & Lehre” in cooperation with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). In the near future, the website will also provide a supplemental overview of all German-speaking universities and research institutes in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.