French engineering schools meet with South African partners [fr]
The n+i Network is a network of 60 “Grandes Ecoles d’Ingénieurs” in France. These are elite schools covering all fields of Engineering. The n+i network has strong partnerships with universities worldwide and proposes specific integration packages allowing students from all horizons to access the very demanding master programs in France. Since its inception in 1998, over 2000 international engineers were trained in that frame in France. The network has been visiting partners in South Africa for the past 2 weeks in an effort to develop new ties in this country.
The delegates met with their counterparts at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology which incorporates one of the branches of the French-South African programme F’SATI, the University of Stellenbosch, the Durban University of Technology, Vaal University of Technology, the University of the Witwatersrand and the Tshwane University of Technology, the other branch of the F’SATI project.
Ambassador Barbier hosted a reception for the delegation on Thursday 9 May.
The objective of these meetings was to discuss current and future research collaboration, student mobility and possible exchanges and to share insight and information from the various institutions.
The delegation also met with governemental institutions (DST, NRF) as well as business partners members of the French-South African Chamber of Commerce (F’SACCI), including Arcelor Mittal, Alstom and Areva to discuss their specific needs in terms of training of engineers in South Africa.