Entry to Masters Levels, Diplomas, Scholarships… Bulletins by Sylvie Retailleau

This Thursday, September 15, 2022, Sylvie Retailleau held the School Conference of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MESR). It was an opportunity for the minister to return to this ministry for the first time and to announce numerous projects concerning access to diplomas, master’s studies, and student life.

Before joining the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, Sylvie Retailleau worked as a teacher-researcher for 30 years. ” Over these 30 years I have seen them change and I have seen their expectations evolve. “, she explains. That is why the Minister of Higher Education wanted to insist on the conditions ” equal student success and student life, especially in this complex economic context.

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Let’s go back to the main projects from the previous five-year mandate

To carry out this mission, Sylvie Retailleau will build on the work already done by her predecessor, Frédérique Vidal. Among the first realized projects: the orientation platform Parcoursup. This year saw new development activities to speed up the procedure to reduce the waiting time for students. Sylvie Retailleau confirms that, thanks to Parcoursup, the pass rate in 2e in 2008 it rose from 40% to 45% with the scholarship rate rising from 20% to 25% in two years. In addition, the platform enabled the opening of new training courses and the removal of mobility barriers.

The priority positions foreseen by the Law on ORE have borne fruit, there are more holders of technological matriculation at IUT and more holders of professional matriculation in trainee positions. ” To say that Parcoursup works today does not mean that the platform cannot be improved. We hear feedback, we hear the stress of families (…). We will continue to work on improvements “, says Sylvie Retailleau. Among the projects: strengthening orientation and information provided to candidates about job openings or examination methods; reduce the waiting period, and thus the stress of candidates; strengthen understanding of selection criteria for training commissions. More details about these events will be announced during the year.

Another successful project, according to Sylvie Retailleau, is the transformation of DUT into BUT. Created in 2019, this degree accepts another group of students. His strength? This degree welcomes Technology Baccalaureate graduates with a skills-based approach. Access to skill blocks, taking into account business needs, makes training more visible and legible and contributes to improving the professionalization and integration of students.

The Minister of Higher Education also mentioned the end of PACES. According to her, the aim of the reform was to diversify the profile while maintaining the requirements expected of candidates. Acceptance capacities of the first cycle for 2022 represent 16,900 places. This corresponds to an increase of 13% in medicine, 9% in pharmacy and 1.9% in midwifery. The government also increased the number of jobs for intensive care: intensive care medicine, anesthesia-reanimation, general medicine, etc.

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The first cycle of higher education is at the heart of Sylvia Retailleau’s concerns

Sylvie Retailleau wants to strengthen equal access to higher education, especially the first cycle. For that, we have to train ourselves for the jobs of tomorrow, while continuing to professionalize our studies. This must also be applied through lifelong training, a mechanism that should enable changing jobs and taking advantage of new opportunities. ” I want to strengthen access to the right to continue studies », explains Sylvie Retailleau. ” Studies cannot and must not be exclusively linear anymore. Therefore, continuing education should be strengthened.

Emphasis will be placed on the first year of the license, with an orientation effort and the formation of bridges between courses (license, ALI, etc.). The mission of MESR: To train students of the 21st centurye century, enlightened citizens, through a learning model that must learn to learn while ensuring a solid foundation and efficient work methodology. This axis will be designed in close connection with the school.

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Sylvie Retailleau reveals the contours of the platform dedicated to registration for the Master

As for the second cycle, the Master’s, consultations on the method of access continued in July. Today, Sylvie Retailleau announces the establishment of a 2023 platform that will serve as a one-stop shop for file submissions, answer counseling and where students will have an overview of the number of places.

This new master access platform encourages establishments to set up a unique hiring calendar. The Ministry of Higher Education and Research therefore published its drafts. From February 2023, institutions will start putting their training offers online. Students will register from March 2023. In 2022, it has already been tested with positive effects: a drop in referrals to the rectorate by 33%.

Verification of applications will not be carried out by the platform, but will be the sole responsibility of the educational commissions within the institutions. His role will consist only of redistributing seats left vacant by candidates who have accepted other offers of admission. This tool will be a facilitator and help in better meeting students with the offer of master’s courses. The Ethical-Scientific Commission will be dedicated to it in order to ensure especially compliance with legal and ethical principles, as well as the procedures set by institutions for applications.

In addition to diplomas and masters, Sylvie Retailleau announces the launch of several projects concerning PhDs, starting with a 30% increase in fees for new contracts for MESR PhD students.

Jobs of tomorrow, ecological transition… Other announcements of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research

There is currently a call for skills and occupations for future projects. The state is mobilizing 2 billion euros as part of the France 2030 investment plan to improve the diagnosis of the needs of new professions and new skills. Among the skills identified as key for the future: decarbonisation of mobility, sustainable and traceable food, cyber security etc.

As for the ecological transition, this topic will be at the center of MESR’s concern. ” I would like MESR to be the main and exemplary player in the environmental and energy transition. This will require training, which must give all students the keys to understanding these issues at the beginning of their studies. From the beginning of the 2023 school year, these courses could be offered to students entering higher education.

If this conference was intended to discuss student life, the Minister of Higher Education and Research mentioned the status of university professors. They will think about teaching and research jobs within the university. ” This is probably one of the most difficult and important axes of the road map », states Sylvie Retailleau. The Ministry is also committed to energy support for institutions for 2022 and 2023.

Take care of the students

Sylvie Retailleau wants student life to be at the heart of the concerns of the projects just announced. Several initiatives have already been presented, such as the extension of Pass’Sport to scholarship recipients, exceptional assistance when returning to school, and the upgrade of scholarships. Another key measure: €1 Ticket U is maintained. This measure saves up to 100 euros per month for students who eat at Resto U for lunch and dinner. As for this system, a new distribution system has been established. It will be assigned automatically and then each student’s record will be studied to continue this measure for students.

Sylvie Retailleau reminds us: these are emergency systems that will not prevent the development of new initiatives. She specifies that it is inadmissible to reduce the student’s scholarship, because the parents earn a few euros more. Two new projects will be launched: a national consultation on scholarship reform, but also an exchange at the territorial level on student life and training. They will be led by all personalities and actors of higher education, starting with student representatives.

The Ministry of Higher Education and Research wants to build a new model of combating student insecurity, taking into account the heterogeneity of territories and places of study. These projects on student life will be related to housing, health, culture, sports, etc. The report on the first phase will be done in the first quarter of 2023. These two projects will start working in October. Sylvie Retailleau reminds us: “ Students will be key actors. Strong priority will be placed on the most secure students.

Finally, Sylvie Retailleau insists on the fact that there is a need to teach about the help that is available to enable those in need to access the support systems to which they are entitled. MESR has therefore set up a back-to-school guide that includes all the information students need on various topics such as housing or scholarships.

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