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Mauritius-France: Réseau des Études Françaises further consolidates cooperation

Date: February 20, 2020
Domain:Education & Training; Foreign Affairs; International Relations
Persona: Business; Citizen; Government; Non-Citizen

GIS - 20 February, 2020: Mauritius and France will further consolidate their partnership in the field of education and scientific research through the setting up of a Réseau des Études Françaises in Mauritius, that will create a network comprising public and private educational institutions in Mauritius offering French degrees.
In this context, the Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, and the  Minister of Europe and Foreign Affairs of the Government of the Republic of France, Mr Jean-Yves Le Drian  met with members of the French studies network and some students, this morning at the Campus de Pierrefonds of Uniciti .
In her address on the occasion, Minister Dookun-Luchoomun underpinned the common interest of both countries in further enriching the existing bilateral relations for mutual progress through the implementation of the project. She indicated that as regards tertiary education, Government has always advocated a policy of openness to allow international institutions to have more visibility on the African market.
She underlined that the objectives of the network are to contribute to the sharing of information and promote Mauritius internationally as an education hub by targeting countries of the Indian Ocean, Africa and Asia. She indicated that it will considerably help to better market Mauritius and increase the country’s visibility and attractiveness, which are in line with the aim of her Ministry at internationalising the higher education sector, thus targeting an increase in the number of international students in Mauritius.
Speaking about the importance of engaging in research and promoting innovation, the Vice Prime Minister emphasised on the commitment of Mauritius and France to engage in new collaborative projects to support the mobility of researchers and faculties. This mobility serves to develop synergies between the two scientific communities and establish sustainable networks to eventually undertake joint research, she said.
Moreover, she reiterated Government's will to democratise access to higher quality education in Mauritius, Africa and the Indian Ocean region while ensuring that it is consistent with the country's development needs and that of the African continent.  According to her, the dynamic partnership and cooperation that exists between France and Mauritius will enable the Government to achieve this goal.
As for Minsiter Le Drian, he stressed that the friendship and bilateral relations that Mauritius and France share will be further consolidated with the indispensable and invaluable link that represents the project.  The implementation of the project marks an important step for both countries, by coming together to work towards the creation of opportunities for the young generation, he said. 
According to him, the launch of this project in Mauritius is a new venture for France, as the France-Mauritius Campus will attract students from Africa and Asia, and the Indian Ocean, hence constituting a laboratory to put to test a new global approach to investing in higher education on the African continent. He pointed out that France wants to share the excellence of French tertiary education with students of the African region and promote a certain model of intellectual and professional training to place youth at the center of the new relationship that the country wants to create with Africa.
He pointed out that through this initiative, France seeks to partner with Mauritius to promote and structure a regional knowledge hub by tapping into the assets of Mauritius’ stability, prosperity and bilingual population, and the French expertise. 
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