Six universities create courses on Islam and radicalization

February 20, 2016

Six universities or schools will acquire, in the upcoming academic year, new curricula and instructors, to strengthen research on Islam, as requested by the Ministry of Education.

Education Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem announced the plans with Secretary for Higher Education Thierry Mandon.

“The Ministry announces the creation of posts for instructor-researchers which will allow us to strengthen training and research projects on these issues by the beginning of the next academic year,” the statement announced.

Following the January 2015 attacks at Charlie Hebdo, the Ministry of National Education launched a “Mobilization of Schools for the Values of the Republic.” Six out of twenty seven schools that responded were chosen: Panthéon-Sorbonne, Strasbourg, Aix-Marseille, the University of Lyon, as well as the Ecole pratique des hautes études. A sixth selection will be announced according to the Ministry. “In total, these new posts will cost $650,000 for the university school year,” the statement clarified.