CampusFrance South Africa opens its doors in Pretoria

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The Ambassador of France, HE Mr Jacques Lapouge and Ms Elzette Mathys, representative of Campus France in South Africa, cut the red ribbon - officially opening the CampusFrance office in Pretoria.

9 March 2011- The French Embassy, in collaboration with the Alliance Française Pretoria, launched the new office of CampusFrance South Africa. This office was created in order to develop and solidify Franco-South African inter-university collaborations. The event was attended by various academics from the University of Pretoria and Tshwane University of Technology as well as representatives from the European Commission, the Departments of Higher Education and Science and Technology and research centres such as the Water Research Commission (WRC) and CIRAD, the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development.

Mr Jacques Lapouge, Ambassador of France to South Africa, opened the event with a speech, remarking that “(a)s highlighted during the recent visit of President Zuma to France, the two countries have already entered into successful partnerships in many diverse fields. Today they are engaged in building an equally fruitful collaboration between their universities, deepening the knowledge pool and boosting the collaborations undertaken by their academic body.”

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The French Ambassador to South Africa adresses participants at the Campus France launch.

Following the ambassador’s speech, the CampusFrance office at the Alliance Française of Pretoria was officially opened with the habitual cutting of the red ribbon. Henceforth, students will have the possibility of discussing opportunities to study in France with the CampusFrance representative, Ms. Elzette Mathys.

A presentation by Ms. Mathys detailed figures of higher education in France and South Africa as well as information on CampusFrance and the role that it will be playing in the mobility of students between the two countries. The objective, explained Ms Mathys, “is to create a space in which new contacts can be developed in order to link the establishments [of higher education] … from South Africa and France academically, scientifically and in terms of innovation”.

CampusFrance South Africa aims to work in close cooperation with the international offices of universities in both South Africa and France, as well as with other agencies, networks and companies which share the same vision of exchange for development. Furthermore, students will benefit from assistance with finding a suitable study programme in France, information on funding opportunities and general information on the French higher education system, as well as assistance with obtaining a student visa.

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Students discover tertiary education in France at the CampusFrance office at the Alliance Française of Pretoria

For more information about CampusFrance and studies in France, kindly contact Ms Elzette MATHYS, CampusFrance representative for South Africa
Tel : 012 425 1721
Email :

publie le 22/07/2014

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