For the second year in a row, France remains 19th in the Insead Global Talent Competitiveness Index (GTCI), after Germany (14th place). In this ninth edition, France is 15th out of 134 countries in terms of quality of higher education, 9th when it comes to growing talent and an excellent 4th place in Lifelong Learning (FLTV).

Bruno Lanvin, the co-founder of the GTCI, finds that “France is a country in which it is pleasant to live, home to some medium-sized cities that really attract talent”.

In addition, forty-two French establishments appear in the 2023 rankings of the best universities in the world, according to the 19th edition of The Times Higher Education World University Rankings, excelling in research and investment in the future. Furthermore, the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI) has seen its budget increase by 11% since 2017. With €24.8 billion, the MESRI holds the fourth largest budget of the French government.

In 2020, according to The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (Insee), France offered more than 700,000 FTLV training courses for people looking for jobs. Thanks to the investments from France’s regions and the national employment agency (Pôle emploi), these individuals are able to acquire new professional skills.

That same year, according to Daves, 984,000 training courses were delivered within the framework of the compte personnel de formation (CPF).

Moreover, France is amongst the most innovative countries in the world. In 2022, France was ranked 12th in the Global Innovation Index (GII) published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). For example, four French scientific and technology clusters are among the world’s top 100, with France ranked 5th on a world scale and 2nd on a European level.