Cover of higher education & research in France, facts and figures

📄 Source:MENESR-DEPP.

 Coverage:Whole of France.

The field covered, survey no. 6 on the 'Assessment of continuing education actions carried out by public higher education institutions', includes all higher education institutions under the authority of the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research, whose mission is to offer higher education courses. Universities and their components, National polytechnical institutes (INP) and technology universities constitute the 'Universities' category. The INALCO (National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilisations) and the IEPs (Institutes of Political Studies) in Paris and the regions, plus the IAE (Institute of Business Administration) in Paris and the attached engineering schools, the Écoles Normales Supérieures (specialist universities) and some major institutions, schools and institutes outside universities, are also part of the field covered by the survey, under the category 'Engineering schools and other institutions'. The third category consists of the National Centre of Industrial Art and Design (CNAM) and its regional affiliated centres within the ARCNAM.

Trainee: the concept of a trainee corresponds to one enrolment, rather than to one natural person. A natural person may be enrolled on more than one course and is counted separately for each course on which they are enrolled.

Trainee hours: this unit of measurement corresponds to the number of trainees multiplied by the average duration of training programmes. There is a distinction between ‘teaching’ trainee hours, which correspond to students’ face-to-face contact time at an educational institution, and trainee hours that include time spent on practical placements.

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24 continuing education programmes in higher education institutions

In 2014, continuing education programmes at higher education institutions achieved a turnover of 455 million euros, a rise of 6.5% compared to 2013, in current euros. It represents less than 2% of vocational education turnover in France. 478,000 trainees attended and 89,000 qualifications were awarded, including 57,000 national diplomas.

In 2014, 478,000 trainees were on continuing education programmes in higher education, 0.3% less than in 2013. However, between 2013 and 2014, turnover increased by 6.5% in current euros. The volume of trainee hours increased, with 73 million teaching hours, including 58 million hours of one-to-one courses (table 24.01). Private funds, companies or individuals represented 70% of institutional resources in terms of vocational training, an increase of three points over 2013. In universities, the share of private funds reached 75%, while public funds fell to 18% (table 24.02).

The turnover for training offered by universities increased by 4% compared with 2013. The number of enrolments increased by 1% and the number of trainee hours with a practical placement by 4%. At the National Centre of Industrial Art and Design (CNAM), the number of trainee hours stagnated and turnover increased by 13%. The average length of courses increased to reach by five hours to settle at 153 teaching hours across all institutions: 121 teaching hours and 32 practical placements.

University technology institutes (IUT) received 9% of university continuing education trainees at level III, II and I (19,500 trainees). They represented 17% of students preparing for a national qualification and 42% of vocational training contracts signed between the universities and companies.

In 2014, 366,600 trainees were enrolled in continuing education at university, of which 60,500 attended public lectures. Of the 306,000 students not enrolled on public lecture courses, the share of trainee employees enrolled through various systems (training plan, vocational training contract or individual training leave) gained three points to 44% (chart 24.03), while the share of fee-paying trainees enrolled on their own initiative (individuals excluding public lecture courses) lost one point (33%) and the number of jobseekers lost one point, to 14% of trainees. Jobseeking trainees without financial aid now represent 36% of jobseekers taking continuing education courses.

In 2014, as in 2013, over half of trainees were preparing for a national diploma or qualification (33%) or a university degree (22%). Short qualifying courses, lasting on average 33 hours, attracted a quarter of students enrolled, while attendance at cultural lectures, lasting 27 hours on average, fell by two points, with 17% of enrolments (chart 24.05).

The number of qualifications awarded through university continuing education (including those awarded by Validation of learning from experience (VAE) - see chapter 25) increased by 9% in 2014, driven by the rise in qualifications from universities or institutions. Of the 89,000 qualifications awarded, 64% were national diplomas (56,900). Of these, 50% were level II (general Bachelor degrees, vocational Bachelor degrees and Master's degrees) 34% were level I (engineering and Master's degrees), 10% were level IV and 6% level III, mainly University technology diplomas (DUT), where the number is nevertheless dropping (table 24.04).

Continuing education national qualifications awarded held at 11% of all national qualifications awarded, across all types of course - initial or continuing.

📄 Source:MENESR-DEPP.
 Coverage:Whole of France.

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GRILLE Joëlle. Continuing education programmes in higher education institutions. In: Higher education & research in France, facts and figures - 49 indicators [online]. KABLA-LANGLOIS Isabelle (dir.). Paris: Ministère de l'Éducation nationale, de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche, 2017. 10th ed. Chapter 24 [Accessed 08/24/2019]. ISBN 978-2-11-152033-2. https://publication.enseignementsup-recherche.gouv.fr/eesr/10EN/EESR10EN_ES_24-continuing_education_programmes_in_higher_education_institutions.php

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The field covered, survey no. 6 on the 'Assessment of continuing education actions carried out by public higher education institutions', includes all higher education institutions under the authority of the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research, whose mission is to offer higher education courses. Universities and their components, National polytechnical institutes (INP) and technology universities constitute the 'Universities' category. The INALCO (National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilisations) and the IEPs (Institutes of Political Studies) in Paris and the regions, plus the IAE (Institute of Business Administration) in Paris and the attached engineering schools, the Écoles Normales Supérieures (specialist universities) and some major institutions, schools and institutes outside universities, are also part of the field covered by the survey, under the category 'Engineering schools and other institutions'. The third category consists of the National Centre of Industrial Art and Design (CNAM) and its regional affiliated centres within the ARCNAM.

Trainee: the concept of a trainee corresponds to one enrolment, rather than to one natural person. A natural person may be enrolled on more than one course and is counted separately for each course on which they are enrolled.

Trainee hours: this unit of measurement corresponds to the number of trainees multiplied by the average duration of training programmes. There is a distinction between ‘teaching’ trainee hours, which correspond to students’ face-to-face contact time at an educational institution, and trainee hours that include time spent on practical placements.

 

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Turnover of university continuing education
455 M
 
2014
Whole of France
 
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Coverage: higher education institutions under the authority of the Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research (MENESR)
Source: MENESR-DEPP
Number of trainees accepted in university continuing education
478,548
 interns
2014
Whole of France
 
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Coverage: higher education institutions under the authority of the Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research (MENESR)
Source: MENESR-DEPP
Number of diplomas awarded in continuing education
56,934
 diplomas
2014
Whole of France
 
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Coverage: higher education institutions under the authority of the Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research (MENESR)
Source: MENESR-DEPP
Number of Vocational bachelor's degrees awarded in continuing education
16,170
 diplomas
2014
Whole of France
 
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Coverage: higher education institutions under the authority of the Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research (MENESR)
Source: MENESR-DEPP
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Number of Master's degrees awarded in continuing education
15,664
 diplomas
2014
Whole of France
 
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Extract from the chapter "24. continuing education programmes in higher education institutions".

Coverage: all types of Master's degree at higher education institutions under the authority of the Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research (MENESR)
Source: MENESR-DEPP

24.01 General data on continuing education programmes at higher education institutions in 2013 and 2014

 
2013 2014
Turnover (€M) Trainees Teaching trainee hours (in millions) Trainee hours including time spent on a practical placement (in millions) Turnover (€M) Trainees Teaching trainee hours (in millions) Trainee hours including time spent on a practical placement (in millions)
Universities, universities of technology and national polytechnical institutes 275 364,307 38.3 51.9 286 366,641 39.0 53.7
Engineering schools and other institutions overseen by the French Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research 39 28,207 3.2 3.2 41 25,466 4.0 3.9
Total 314 392,514 41.0 55.1 327 392,107 43.0 57.6
CNAM and associated regional centres (Regional Association for the National Centre of Industrial Art and Design) 113 84,573 15.2 15.2 128 86,441 15.2 15.0
All university continuing education 427 477,087 56.2 70.3 455 478,548 58.0 72.6

 
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 Coverage: Whole of France.

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24.02 Source of turnover (in current €M)

 
Universities, universities of technology and national polytechnical institutes Engineering schools and other institutions CNAM and associated regional centres (Regional Association for the National Centre of Industrial Art and Design) Total
2013 2014 2013 2014 2013 2014 2013 2014
Value Breakdown (%) Value Breakdown (%)
Companies 82.9 89.3 12.0 12.5 41.6 54.0 136.4 32.0 155.9 34.3
Accredited fund-collecting agencies (OPCA) 56.8 60.4 4.9 5.3 7.4 9.1 69.0 16.2 74.8 16.5
Sub-total companies and OPCAs 139.6 149.8 16.9 17.8 48.9 63.1 205.5 48.1 230.7 50.8
Individuals and trainees 61.7 66.5 6.4 6.9 15.3 15.9 83.4 19.6 89.4 19.7
Sub-total for sources of private fundings 201.4 216.1 23.3 24.7 64.2 79.0 288.9 67.7 319.9 70.5
Public authorities: for training their employees 15.5 15.5 6.6 7.0 1.0 0.9 23.1 5.4 23.3 5.1
Public authorities: for training specific groups 34.2 30.8 2.3 2.1 35.8 35.3 72.4 17.0 68.2 15.0
of which regional councils 30.6 28.8 0.3 0.6 25.7 24.5 56.6 13.3 53.9 11.9
Other state resources including the Pôle emploi (State-run job centre) 5.4 6.1 0.2 0.3 3.1 3.2 8.7 2.0 9.7 2.1
Sub-total public funds 55.1 52.4 9.1 9.4 40.0 39.4 104.2 24.4 101.2 22.3
Other training organisations 9.0 8.6 3.2 2.8 5.2 5.2 16.6 4.1 16.6 3.7
Other resources (including VAE) 10.0 9.0 2.9 3.7 3.4 3.7 16.5 3.8 16.4 3.6
Total resources 275.4 286.1 38.5 40.6 112.9 127.3 426.2 100.0 454.0 100.0

 
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 Coverage: Whole of France.

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24.03 Breakdown by type of trainee on continuing education programmes at universities, technology universities and national polytechnical institutes (%)

Training programme (a)
Personnal training leave (b)
Vocational training contracts (c)
All employees (a+b+c)
Jobseekers receiving financial assistance (d)
Other jobseekers (f)
All jobseekers (d+f)
Fee-paying individuals (excluding those enrolled on public lectures)
Other (self-employed professionals and traders)
  
2013
2014
 
 
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 Coverage: Whole of France.

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24.04 National diplomas awarded on continuing education programmes by type of institution

 
Universities, universities of technology and national polytechnical institutes Engineering schools and other institutions CNAM and associated regional centres (Regional Association for the National Centre of Industrial Art and Design) Total Change 2014/2013 (%)
2013 2014 2013 2014 2013 2014 2013 2014
Capacité en droit (basic legal qualification) 280 268 280 268 -4.3
Diploma giving access to university studies (DAEU) 5,950 5,521 5,950 5,521 -7.2
DELF-DALF (French language diplomas) 228 176 228 176 -22.8
Total level IV qualifications 6,458 5,965 6,458 5,965 -7.6
University Technology Diploma, National Specialised Technology Diploma (DUT, DNTS) 2,529 2,130 17 52 2,546 2,182 -15.8
Level III qualifications listed in the National Repository of Professional Certifications (RNCP) 285 435 12 7 697 1,063 994 1,505 +52.6
Total level III qualifications 2,814 2,565 12 7 714 1,115 3,540 3,687 -8.8
Bachelor's degrees (Licence) 4,254 3,699 22 1,450 2,443 5,704 6,164 -13.0
Vocational Bachelor's degrees (Licenc e professionnelle 14,003 15,118 0 1 761 1,051 14,764 16,170 +8.0
Master's degrees-Master1-MIAGE 3,192 3,845 3,192 3,845 +20.5
Level II qualifications listed in the RNCP 154 167 0 11 1,583 1,831 1,737 2,009 +8.4
Total level II qualifications 21,603 22,829 0 34 3,794 5,325 25,397 28,188 +5.7
Vocational Master's degrees 7,474 5,714 134 31 7,608 5,745 -23.5
Engineering Masters 97 149 109 59 206 208 +53.6
Research Masters 413 437 124 9 537 446 +5.8
Master's degrees 6,853 8,430 235 139 410 696 7,498 9,265 +23.0
Teaching Masters 658 700 12 8 670 708 +6.4
MBA Masters 506 156 335 373 42 156 883 685 -69.2
Engineering diplomas (including CNAM engineers) 387 309 244 133 430 547 1,061 989 -20.2
Level I qualifications listed in the RNCP 533 570 370 40 508 314 1,411 924 +6.9
PhD 91 78 91 6 51 40 233 124 -14.3
Total level I qualifications 17,012 16,543 1,654 798 1,441 1,753 20,107 19,094 -2.8
All qualifications 47,887 47,902 1,666 839 5,949 8,193 55,502 56,934 0.0

 
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 Coverage: Whole of France.

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24.05 Distribution of trainees on continuing education programmes by type of diploma prepared (headcount, %)

2013
2014
  
National diplomas and qualifications listed in the National Repository of Professional Certifications (RNCP)
University diploma
Short courses
Public lectures
Support services (VAE, assessments, other)
 
 
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19 - continuing education programmes at higher education institutions - Joëlle Grille
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24 - la formation continue dans l’enseignement supérieur - Joëlle Grille
En 2014, la formation continue dans l'enseignement supérieur a réalisé un chiffre d'affaires de 455 millions d'euros, soit une hausse de 6,5 % par rapport à 2013, en euros courants. Elle représente moins de 2 % du chiffre d'affaires de la formation professionnelle en France. Elle a accueilli 478 000 stagiaires et délivré 89 000 diplômes dont 57 000 diplômes nationaux [Consult the following page in french]


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