And look what’s happening in France: ‘French research wins huge cash boost’
From the latest issue of Nature: ‘French research wins huge cash boost’
Declan Butler writes that ‘President Sarkozy uses ‘big loan’ to push his reform agenda’
The money quote:
Universities in France are set to receive an €11-billion (US$16-billion) windfall from a government initiative intended to create an ‘Ivy League’ of research centres. The cash could help to reverse the decades-long neglect of the country’s university system, although the bulk of the funding is likely to be channelled to just a few institutions. This would break a long-standing taboo in France, where the 83 previously centralized state universities have long been considered equal, at least in terms of government funding and researchers’ pay scales.
From: http://www.nature.com/news/2009/091216/full/462838a.html (subscription required)