Cordées de la réussite


Cordées de la réussite

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Climbing Ropes for Success

Name of the institution(s)

Le Havre University Institute of Technology (IUT)

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Mission/Role of Professional Higher Education



Cross-sectoral cooperation, multi-stakeholders cooperation, access to PHE


This is a national umbrella project which enables partners to fund a variety of initiatives. A Cordée de la Réussite (CdlR) is a partnership between one or several HEIs and high schools [lycée, collège] aiming at promoting equity of access [égalité des chances] and completion of students in first and second year of Higher Education.

The partnership develops specific actions (e.g. mentoring, academic tutoring, cultural tutoring, help for accommodation, financial support, and general preparedness for entry into Higher Education) to create ‘solidarity networks’ between different levels of education (secondary and higher education).

The CdlR is a label given to (as of 2008) 100 initiatives in France. It is a coordinated action from the Education Ministry (both Secondary Education and Higher Education) and the Ministry for Cities, (see,232 in French) including the Dynamique Espoir Banlieues [Hope for Banlieues Initiative]. It targets all young people potentially, with specific focus on secondary education students from education priority areas (ZEP – zone d’éducation prioritaire) or from sensitive urban areas (ZUS – zone urbaine sensible), mostly located in French banlieues.

Initiatives vary in scope and partnerships: industries, local communities, private sector, HE institutions etc. may be involved under the national umbrella framework which supports and funds local initiatives (500,000 EUR in total for 2009 over 125 planned labels). Emphasis is given to person-centred learning and experience therefore groups involved tend to be small enough to allow the learner-centred approach.

Lessons learnt

The initiative was based on initial stock-taking of all projects concerned with increasing equity of access into Higher Education by the Education Ministry. Public demand and strong political support was provided for a unifying umbrella initiative to enhance the scope, outreach and funding of individual projects.

Sustainability is ensured through widespread public and political support.

Another factor is the multiplicity of co-funding from stakeholders (Ministry for Cities, Ministry of HE and Secondary Education, enterprises, local and regional authorities, individual HEIs).

Regular regional- and national-level  meetings provide assessment, best practices and co-ordination.

The initiative was well received at its inception and is still funded today as it still meets the expectation of both Higher Education stakeholders and the general public towards the ET2020 goals that the French government embraced:

–       50% of a year’s population with a higher; education degree;

–       Guarantee equity [égalité des chances] ;

–       Short term goal: improve access of secondary school graduates into Higher Education.

Each project is assessed according to indicators and procedures that are agreed upon between its promoters and its various stakeholders.

Participation of Secondary school students as well as procedures for co-funding are always taken into account.

Additional information


1)      In Paris, between Grandes Ecoles (elite HEIs in France) and 11 high schools to support students coming from priority education areas (ZEP), providing them with cultural opportunities and accommodation support

2)      In Nantes, with 2 HEIs and about 20 high schools to accompany 55 students from sensitive urban areas (ZUS) with cultural opportunities, with financial support from companies

3)      In Reims, 5 HEIs and 18 high schools for about 100 students providing them with support in their choice of higher education studies

4)      In the Paris region, with 2 HEIs and several high schools, supporting students from priority education areas (ZEP) with a ‘godfather/buddy’ programme for tutoring and support in giving them information on their further higher education choices

Nationwide: Car manufacturer Renault and CAD systems designer Dassault Systems partner with regional authorities and University Institutes of Technology to organise a national competition (with local, regional stages) open to (junior and senior) secondary schools [lycée – collèges] students. The aim is to build racing car models for which university students provide mentoring for 2ndary school students.



Contact details

Stéphane Lauwick, Director of University Institute of Technology (IUT) in Le Havre


First collected by

IDEAS (Identifying Effective Approaches to Enhancing the Social Dimension) project – EURASHE, 2013-2015

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