Bilateral committee on higher education and training [fr]
On 28 and 29 September 2017, the first bilateral committee on higher education and training between France and South Africa was held in Pretoria.
The committee was attended by a French delegation composed of representatives of the French Ministry for Higher Education and Research (MEN/MESRI), the Conference for University Presidents (CPU), as well as Campus France Paris (the agency in charge of student mobility).
The discussion mainly focused on fields of interest for bilateral cooperation between France and South Africa: mutual recognition of diplomas and qualifications, co-funding of student mobility, as well strengthening of collaborative programs.
This first bilateral committee has opened the door to negotiations for future bilateral agreements, which may be signed between the French and South African higher education ministries as early as next year.
During his opening speech at the Tshwane University of Technology on Thursday 28 September 2017, Ambassador of France to South Africa, H.E. Mr. Christophe Farnaud highlighted the importance of cooperation in higher education and training: "The key challenge is for universities to remain interconnected and to build the future for next generations".
Hear what Mr. Judickael Regnaut of the French ministry of Higher Education and Chief Director for International Relations at the SA Department of Higher Education and Training Mr. Ghaleeb Jeppie had to say about the two-day committee:
As a reminder, the French Embassy scholarship program has already sent more than 150 South African students, wishing to pursue their Masters and PhD degrees, to France. The French Embassy also supports several cooperation projects in the field of higher education and vocational training.
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