France Aims to Welcome 30,000 Indian Students by 2030
France has set a target to welcome 30,000 Indian students by 2030 as part of a new roadmap between the two countries. The aim is to strengthen bilateral ties and promote France as a study-abroad destination for Indian students.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the guest of honor in France on their National Day, signifying the strong Franco-Indian collaboration. The visit led to new objectives in bilateral cooperation, with a focus on welcoming 20,000 Indian students in France by 2025 and 30,000 by 2030, strengthening research and higher education ties.
In a collaborative effort, both countries engaged in discussions to boost the mobility of students, professionals, and skilled workers while addressing the issue of irregular migration. A joint statement was issued, underscoring the shared acknowledgment of the advantages of bilateral student mobility in promoting entrepreneurship and creativity between the nations.
France and India share a strong determination to strengthen their university ties and promote student exchanges. To achieve this goal, they discussed various strategies in their roadmap:
- Encourage joint training programs, specifically in life sciences for healthcare and mobility of researchers, including science and technology, based on the Franco-Indian Campus in the Indo-Pacific region.
- Establish a community of Indian alumni by granting Schengen visas valid for five years to Indian students who have completed at least one semester of study in France and obtained a Master's degree.
- The roadmap emphasizes France's commitment to welcoming a higher number of Indian students. It reaffirms the goal of hosting 20,000 Indian students by 2025, with further aspirations to reach 30,000 by 2030. To facilitate this, France will enhance the promotion of studying in France and develop staff support in India. Additionally, "international classes" will be conducted to provide Indian students with training courses in the French language.
Initiatives to Promote Exchanges
In the pursuit of promoting exchanges, a dedicated chapter in the roadmap focuses on "human partnerships." The objective is to facilitate broader exchanges, particularly benefiting young people, through the following actions:
- Strengthening Mobility: France and India aim to uphold and expand the existing partnership agreement for migrations and mobility established in 2021. Both countries will work together to encourage mutual recognition of graduates and professional qualifications, facilitating the mobility of skilled workers between their nations.
- Institutional Cooperation: Partnerships will be forged between higher education institutions, research centers, and private sector companies. This cooperation will bolster vocational and language training, giving a fresh impetus to language learning and the teaching of French in Indian schools. Additionally, these partnerships will facilitate the exchange and training of language teachers and streamline visa issuance for exchange programs.
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