« French Day » at UWC [fr]

The “French Days” are an initiative of the Embassy of France in South Africa launched during the French Season in South Africa, with the objective of highlighting Franco-South African scientific cooperation to academics and students.

The first French Day at UWC was mastered by Leolyn Jackson, Director of the International Relations Office. The Vice Chancellor (VC) of UWC, Prof. Brian O’Connell, was invited to open the day together with the French Ambassador, Mrs Elisabeth Barbier. They emphasized the importance of sharing knowledge between Europe and Africa, specifically in the field of science and technology, which contributes strongly to the excellence of the diplomatic relation between France and South Africa.

A series of conferences, led by researchers involved in cooperation with French institutions or companies, followed the welcoming session. All the participants are listed in the day agenda.

About 50 students attended the conference of Chrisna Bekker, the representative for Campus France at the French Embassy, who presented the bursaries opportunities to study in France. The students can apply for these master and PhD grants until the 24th of March 2014.

The Director of Postgraduate studies, Prof. Lorna Holtman, presented Erasmus Mundus programmes in which UWC is involved: ema2sa, EU-SATURN, EUROSA+ and AESOP, which is coordinated by Université Paul Sabatier of Toulouse.

Other highpoints of the French Day:

- Prof. Ramesh Bharuthrom, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), introduced the spectacular growth of UWC since 20 years, regarding the scientific research and postgraduates output: UWC is now one of the best university in South Africa.

- Humphrey Brydon, student at UWC who spent 6 months in one of the best French high school institution (SciencesPo Paris) and finished at the top of his class, has told his moving experience.

Prof. Brian O'Connell, VC
Elisabeth Barbier, French Ambassador
UWC French Day

publie le 20/06/2014

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