Sorbonne League: A French Ivy League?

10/07/2011 09:42 am ET | Updated Dec 07, 2011
  • Inside Higher Ed

Radical plans to create a French Ivy League are gathering pace as the first winners of a new elite universities scheme worth 7.7 billion euros (more than $10 billion) start to receive cash.

The Initiatives d'Excellence (Idex) scheme is part of the biggest shake-up in French higher education for almost 40 years. It is designed to establish five to seven "world-class" universities capable of competing internationally for the best students and academics.

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