Emmanuel Macron Proposes to Abolish the Elite Government School in France

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We’ve highlighted below some of the most recent developments and occurrences in youth-related news and events. In this week’s news roundup we speak about French president’s proposal to abolish the elite government postgraduate school, Canada’s plan to attract more foreign students and the fact that one fourth of unemployed in Turkey are university graduates.

Emmanuel Macron - Paris, France - April 8, 2017

French President proposed abolishing the elite government Ecole Nationale d’Administration

University World News reports that French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his desire to abolish the postgraduate school he attended – Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA). Generations of politicians and senior civil servants have been trained in this instutition, which was labelled as ”elitist”. Reports suggest that these changes will be the part of a wider plan to reform the country’s politics and reduce elitism in French society.

Canada plans to attract more foreign students

CityNews 1130 reports that Canada plans to expand its presence overseas in order to attract more international students. In 2016, foreign students brought a total of $15.5 billion through their tuition fees, groceries and rent. A federal analysis shows that this had greater economic impact than some other traditional branches of industry. Universities Canada president Paul Davidson said: “We’re looking at where in the world there is a growing middle-class demand for higher education, a place where Canada has got linkages and connections.” Majority of foreign students come from China, India and Vietnam.

One fourth of unemployed in Turkey are university graduates

Al-Monitor reports that one fourth of the 4.7 million jobless people in Turkey are university graduates. According to the Turkish Statistical Institute, the unemployment rate increased by 4 per cent (1.2 million people) since the last year. The most alarmng rate is for the young people aged 15-24, where the unemployment rose 6.8 per cent. The main issue is the fact that holding a degree in Turkey does not necessarily mean being a qualified professional in demand. Additionally, job opportunities remain limited.

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