News FocusGlobal Research Universities

Excellence, Ja, Elitism, Non

See allHide authors and affiliations

Science  02 Nov 2012:
Vol. 338, Issue 6107, pp. 596-599
DOI: 10.1126/science.338.6107.596

You are currently viewing the summary.

View Full Text


The third entry in Science's series on global research universities takes a look at France and Germany's respective university systems. These two scientific powerhouses are pursuing parallel initiatives to bolster their best universities. Their goal? To strengthen research at a handful of elite universities without eroding the quality of the country's other academic institutions.

  • * Colin Macilwain is a writer in Edinburgh, Scotland.