Start of the 2021 academic year: the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation has provided guidance

On The July 9, 2021

The Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Frédérique Vidal, spoke on July 9, 2021 regarding the 2021-2022 academic year. A comprehensive package of measures to support students has been provided.

In regards to the health crisis, the commitment of higher education staff, teachers, institutions, the network of charities, associations and local authorities has been decisive in ensuring continuity of the public services for higher education and research.

After nine weeks of hard work, discussions and consultations, Frédérique Vidal is launching the #Marentrée2021 plan, to help the entire higher education community prepare for the new academic year. This plan is based on the report submitted by Françoise Moulin Civil, and has five key objectives:

Making sure students get a "100% face-to-face” education
As of July 1, there are no longer any restrictions on students in higher education institutions.Each institution will be able to freely organize its courses either face-to-face or remotely next year, depending on the teaching strategy they have implemented.

New resources to support the start of the school year
To support the start of the academic year, 34,000 new places will be available, either in the context of funding derived from the “Student Orientation and Success" law, or the Recovery Plan, which translates to a recruitment potential of over 1,000 new jobs, specifically in higher education institutions.An additional 200 million Euros will be granted to institutions by the end of the year.

A committed vaccination policy
During the first weeks of the new academic year, mobile vaccination teams will be deployed on campuses to enable students wishing to get vaccinated to do so. The ministry also works with student organizations and associations to support them in their communication.

Relaunching student life on campuses
Giving back meaning to student life means reminding people of the importance of access to cultural and sporting activities on campuses, it means creating room to breathe and spaces for students to engage with one another, and for student bodies to meet.

Assisting vulnerable people in higher education
The crisis has highlighted the vulnerabilities experienced by some students, several of the systems which were implemented during the crisis will be maintained over the coming months: the "Student Psychiatric Health" system, and higher education tuition fees will be frozen.

The measures are outlined in the #Marentrée2021 press kit

Follow the hashtag #Marentrée2021 on Twitter for the latest information about the start of the academic year

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