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France:Management Staff for Higher Education

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France:Administration and Governance at Central and/or Regional Level

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France:Statistics on Organisation and Governance

France:Funding in Education

France:Early Childhood and School Education Funding

France:Higher Education Funding

France:Adult Education and Training Funding

France:Early Childhood Education and Care

France:Organisation of Programmes for Children under 2-3 years

France:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children under 2-3 years

France:Assessment in Programmes for Children under 2-3 years

France:Organisation of Programmes for Children over 2-3 years

France:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children over 2-3 years

France:Assessment in Programmes for Children over 2-3 years

France:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Early Childhood Education and Care

France:Primary Education

France:Organisation of Primary Education

France:Teaching and Learning in Primary Education

France:Assessment in Primary Education

France:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Primary Education

France:Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

France:Organisation of General Lower Secondary Education

France:Teaching and Learning in General Lower Secondary Education

France:Assessment in General Lower Secondary Education

France:Organisation of General Upper Secondary Education

France:Teaching and Learning in General Upper Secondary Education

France:Assessment in General Upper Secondary Education

France:Organisation of Vocational Upper Secondary Education

France:Teaching and Learning in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

France:Assessment in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

France:Organisation of Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

France:Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

France:Assessment in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

France:Higher Education

France:Types of Higher Education Institutions

France:First Cycle Programmes

France:Bachelor

France:Short-Cycle Higher Education

France:Second Cycle Programmes

France:Programmes outside the Bachelor and Master Structure

France:Third Cycle (PhD) Programmes

France:Adult Education and Training

France:Distribution of Responsibilities

France:Developments and Current Policy Priorities

France:Main Providers

France:Main Types of Provision

France:Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

France:Teachers and Education Staff

France:Initial Education for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

France:Conditions of Service for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

France:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

France:Initial Education for Academic Staff in Higher Education

France:Conditions of Service for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

France:Continuing Professional Development for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

France:Initial Education for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

France:Conditions of Service for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

France:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

France:Management and Other Education Staff

France:Management Staff for Early Childhood and School Education

France:Staff Involved in Monitoring Educational Quality for Early Childhood and School Education

France:Education Staff Responsible for Guidance in Early Childhood and School Education

France:Other Education Staff or Staff Working with Schools

France:Management Staff for Higher Education

France:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Higher Education

France:Management Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

France:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

France:Quality Assurance

France:Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education

France:Quality Assurance in Higher Education

France:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

France:Educational Support and Guidance

France:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

France:Separate Special Education Needs Provision in Early Childhood and School Education

France:Support Measures for Learners in Early Childhood and School Education

France:Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education

France:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

France:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

France:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

France:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

France:Mobility and Internationalisation

France:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

France:Mobility in Higher Education

France:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

France:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Early Childhood and School Education

France:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

France:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

France:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

France:Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments

France:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

France:National Reforms in School Education

France:National Reforms in Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning

France:National Reforms in Higher Education

France:National Reforms related to Transversal Skills and Employability

France:European Perspective

France:Legislation

France:Glossary

Requirements for Appointment

Within higher education institutions, management functions are the responsibility of the president of the institution, the vice-presidents, the general secretary and the accountant.


The president

University presidents are elected by majority vote of the elected members of the board of governors among teacher-researchers, directors, university professors or lecturers, associate or visiting professors or any other equivalent personnel, without nationality restrictions.
They are given a four-year term of office, which expires upon completion of the term of office of the elected representatives of the board of directors and can be renewed once.
Their responsibilities are to:

  • represent the university with respect to third parties and the law;
  • create partnerships and conventions;
  • oversee the university’s income and expenses;
  • they have authority over the entire university staff;
  • chair the board of governors, prepare and execute their decisions. They prepare and implement the multi-year institution contract. They also chair the scientific council and council of university studies and life; they receive their proposals and opinions;
  • subject to statutory provisions relative to the first posting of personnel recruited by national higher education agrégation examination, no posting can be made if the president expresses a justified unfavourable opinion;
  • allocate administrative, technical, blue-collar, social and healthcare personnel to the different university services;
  • appoint the different juries;
  • maintain order, which can involve calling upon law enforcement authorities under the conditions determined by decree in the Council of State;
  • guarantee security within the institution and follow the recommendations of the health and safety committee to ensure the safety of the personnel and users of the premises;
  • perform, on behalf of the university, management and administration tasks which are not allocated to another authority by law or regulation;
  • ensure that classes and buildings are accessible to disabled students and university personnel;
  • they are relieved of their teaching obligations. Should they deem it necessary, they can benefit from partial teaching relief, in order to retain all or part of their teaching service by virtue of the provisions of article 7 of decree no. 84-431 of 6 June 1984 (teacher-researcher status).

As a decentralised authority, the responsibilities of university presidents are as follows:
Article L.951-3 of the Code of Education states that the Minister of Higher Education may delegate by Ministerial Order to university presidents, under the terms established by the State Council, all or part of his powers of recruitment and management of permanent staff, trainees, and non-permanent staff in higher education.
Decree no. 2009-460 of 23 April 2009 amending decree no. 93-1335 of 20 December 1993 relative to the decentralisation of certain management operations concerning university professors, lecturers, higher education assistants and teacher-researchers equivalent to university professors and lecturers, with a view to decentralising most actions relating to the career of teacher-researchers (see 8-2-4-3 on higher education).



The general secretary

The general secretary (art L953-2 of the education code):

  • Is appointed by the minister in charge of higher education further to the proposal of the head or president of the institution,
  • Is responsible for managing the institution under the authority of the president or head of the institution,
  • Participates, with a consultative vote, in the administrative board and other administrative bodies of the institution.

The persons in charge of accounting management for higher education institutions are the authorising officer and the accountant.

The authorising officer

There are different categories of authorising officers, i.e.:

  • Principal authorising officer: the president or head of the institution,
  • Secondary authorising officers by right: the heads of medical, pharmacy and dental UFRs and the heads of schools and institutes integrated into universities (art. 33 of the law of 26 January 1984),
  • Designated authorising officers: the persons in charge of the common units and services can be designated as secondary authorising officers by the principal authorising officer for the execution of their own budget.


The authorising officer draws up the provisional budget of the institution, completed by a provisional management budget, presenting forecast expenses according to their purpose, in compliance with the duties and actions of the ministerial programmes to which the institution is attached within the framework of the Organic Law on Finances (LOLF). He executes the budget voted by the board of governors.

The accountant

They are appointed:

  • Further to the proposal of the president, by joint order of the minister in charge of higher Education and the minister in charge of the budget,
  • From a list of candidates suitable for the function of accountant in a public institution of a scientific, cultural and professional nature, including university supervisors, APASUs , school and university administration councillors (CASU) and civil servants belonging to category A of the decentralised Treasury services.


While exercising public accountant prerogatives (only in this case), the accountant is autonomous with regard to the head of the institution as well as the authority by which they were appointed.
Further to the proposal of the principal authorising officer, secondary accountants may be instituted.
The accountant has the required qualifications and duties of public accountant.
They can also be appointed head of the financial services of the institution by the president.

In the capacity as public accountant, they are responsible for:

  • Collecting receipts,
  • The payment of expenses,
  • The conservation of the funds and securities of the institution,
  • Handling funds and account activities,
  • The conservation of supporting documents,
  • Book-keeping,
  • The preparation of financial statements,
  • The continual inventory of the fixed assets (personal and real assets) of the institution.
  • The accountant can exercise the functions of head of the accounting services of the institution. The accounting personnel are under their responsibility. In this capacity, the accountant answers directly to the president or head of the institution.

In the capacity as advisor to the authorising officer, book-keeping and accounting analyses are essential tools in the decision-making process of the persons in charge of the institution. The accountant is therefore a natural advisor to the authorising officer. They participate, with a consultative vote, in administrative board and various bodies. Their opinion is requested by the authorising officer for the investment of the available funds of the institution.
When appointed head of the financial services, the accountant participates in the drafting of the budget and financial statements. They can be entrusted with the co-ordination of the financial services by the authorising officer. In this capacity, they are not entitled to sign any document on behalf of the authorising officer and is theoretically under the authority of the secretary general.


Conditions of Service

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