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The Belgians being less than communautaire

Le Figaro notes that the Belges are well and truly ras le bol with their neighbours to the south west. Is it because of the jokes the Gauls make about them? No. Is it because of all the noted Walloons people regard as being French? No. In fact, this is all due to French medical students taking up their studies in Belgium. Being a crafty lot, said Gauls have found getting into Belgian med schools easier than ones in France, and therefore are taking full advantage. Le Figaro says that last year up to 86% of some courses were filled with Gauls rather than Belgians. The response on the part of the Belgian state is to bring in quotas.

Naturally there is an EU dimension to this, and the rector of the University of Brussels claims "The solution is for Europe [meaning the EU, rather than asking Iceland and Albania, presumably. C] to get involved. One can't preach mobility and then push students back".

So, watch out for an EU land grab on education....


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Blogger dearieme said... 4:02 pm

Have a care. Some British universities have found that they can get better schooled undergraduates from the continent, while simultaneously manipulating their private:state schools admission ratio. Or so it is alleged.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 6:18 pm

I've heard similar tales... I wonder what level of enrolment by English types there is at Trinity Dublin?  



Blogger dearieme said... 11:19 am

I dunno, but apparently you can get a good Uni education in English in the Netherlands, on favourable terms.  



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