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“University: thesis work will soon resemble the Soviet sovkhozes of old”

2022-01-18T19:55:11.507Z

TRIBUNE - The passion for standards is gaining ground right up to the doctorate, now supervised, supervised and caporalized, to the detriment of the quality and originality of the work it claims to guarantee. Which student of great value will still, tomorrow, have the desire to undertake a thesis in...



The impression becomes a certainty: the French university is no longer free.

A normative boa constrictor tightens its rings this time around the doctorate, and like the old torment of the tourniquet, is in the process of suffocating it.

We had alerted in these columns, following Olivier Beaud, to the danger that threatened academic freedom.

A draft decree, dated December 6, 2021, still confidential, from the Ministry of Higher Education, and in the process of consultation, further restricts the freedom of research, including for theses without public funding.

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Gone is the free choice by a doctoral student of his research director and the personal relationship of trust between a master and a disciple, which was like the very Socratic ethos of research.

Already, since 2016, under François Hollande, a collective of academics, named thesis monitoring committee, official but locally and obscurely named and commissioned by a hierarchical body...

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Source: lefigaro

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