Opening of the Winter School in French for Diplomacy and International Relations

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On Monday 26 June 2017, the Winter School in French for Diplomacy and International Relations was opened at Wits University. Frank Marchetti, Head of Cooperation at the Embassy of France, attended the opening.

Francophone recruitment in South Africa is on the rise, making an adequate proficiency in French an asset. French-speaking countries in Africa are important economic partners and offer good growth opportunities for South African entrepreneurs. Besides, 360 French companies operate in South Africa employing almost 37 000 people directly in many professional fields.

To support the sector, the French Embassy, in partnership with the School of Literature, language and Media of the Wits University, is holding an intensive professional language course (26-30 June) in the field of International Relations, to the benefit of students from the universities, as well as established professionals.

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50 students and professionals, among them officers and diplomats from DIRCO (Department of International Relation and Cooperation), will attend this intensive course presented by highly qualified course facilitators specialised in international relations and diplomacy.

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Frank Marchetti, Head of Cooperation at the Embassy of France said that as French is an official language for many African countries, French language skills are pivotal fostering good international relations: “In international relations and diplomacy, French is an important language. It is the official language of 32 states and governments, including many African states. It is the working language of many multilateral organisations including the United Nations and the European Union. Closer to home, the African Union and the South African Development Community, among others, have adopted French as both official language and working language.”

At the end of the course, the participants will have the opportunity to write an official exam issued by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris Ile-de-France. This exam, internationally recognised and adapted to the realities of the corporate world and organisations, will certify their level of French in a professional context.

publie le 27/06/2017

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