France targets 10,000 Indian students by year 2019
France – This year, an estimated 4,000 Indian students are going to study in France, and by 2019, the country hopes to attract 10,000 Indian students, Dr Bertrand de Hartingh, Director at Institut français India, while taking part at Enterprises-Alumni Job Fair in Bangalore recently. Last year over 200 jobs were showcased at the in Delhi; this year Bangalore showcased many more, the official was quoted as saying by a Hindustan Times report. The Fair connects students and professionals who have studied or worked in France to potential employers.
As young professionals who have experienced French education, students act as our cultural ambassadors in India. Applying to France is easy. Campus France has eleven offices offering free counselling to students and helps with admission procedures, visa formalities, etc., located in the Alliance Françaises in the following cities: Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune, Kochi, with two opening soon in Indore and Jaipur.
A world player in arts, design, science and technology, France is Europe’s most innovative country. Ranking at number three among the global top-three in innovation, it is home to numerous Nobel Laureates and Fields Medal winners, artists and thinkers.
Stating that France was first and foremost an experience to be lived, de Hartingh went on to add, “You embrace the future and new technologies, and at the same time, also have a full taste of culture and history.”
The advantage for Indian Students
“If they study in French, then like any other French citizen in French state universities, Indian students benefit from free tuition. They have to pay for food, boarding and lodging. Many students who feel their first study destination should be the English-speaking countries such as the US and the UK should know that language is not a barrier. Students from India and the world over can study in France in English- or French-medium institutions.
If they study in French, then like any other French citizen in French state universities, students benefit from free tuition. They only have to pay for food, boarding and lodging, which are affordable,” says Dr de Hartingh, who is also the counsellor for cooperation and cultural affairs for the French government.
Once they complete postgraduate studies, Indian students in France have a stay-back option. They have an advantage regarding job opportunities as well. There are also around a thousand French firms that seek skilled professionals in India, including Capgemini, Safran, Saint-Gobain, Renault, and Orange. Capgemini has more employees in India than in France. An employee who is well versed in French technology, know-how and culture is an asset for any company operating in India,” de Hartingh pointed out.
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