Great success of the Campus France South Africa Day in Paris
On 13 October 2015, 15 South African universities gathered at the Alliance Française in Paris for the first South Africa Day for higher education organised by Campus France and the Embassy of France in Pretoria, with the support of the Embassy of South Africa in France.
Vice-chancellors, international relations directors and heads of research and innovation of 15 South African universities met with counterparts from 45 French universities with the aim of promoting South African universities as attractive partners for French higher education institutions.
The South Africa Day was opened by Ms Béatrice Khaiat, Executive Director of Campus France, HE Rapu Molekane, Ambassador of South Africa in France, Mr Pascal Le Deunff, Deputy Director of Research and Scientific exchanges at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and Mr Judikaël Regnaud, Deputy Director of International Relations at the French Ministry of Education, Higher Education and Research.
The opening session was followed by a presentation of the South African higher education system and an introduction of the 15 participating South African universities:
The University of Cape Town
The University of Stellenbosch
The University of the Witwatersrand
The University of Pretoria
The University of KwaZulu-Natal
The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
The Durban University of Technology
The Cape Peninsula University of Technology
The Central University of Technology
The University of Fort Hare
The University of the Western Cape
The Vaal University of Technology
The University of Johannesburg
The University of Limpopo
The University of Venda
Following a presentation of the South African higher education system by the South African Embassy in Paris, focusing on its policy regarding student attractiveness, Dr Jean-Paul Toutain, Attaché for Science and Technology, and Ms Aude Zuliani, scientific project manager at the French Embassy in South Africa, spoke about existing partnerships between France and South Africa in the field of higher education, including the French South African Institute of Technology (F’SATI), a flagship program of the French South African collaboration in science and higher education located within two South-African universities: the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).
Ms Nonhlanhla Kunene, head of Campus France South Africa, provided insight into the mobility of South African students and characteristics of the alumni of the French Embassy scholarship programmes .
The afternoon program included 20 minute B-to-B meetings between representatives of both French and South African universities, allowing their representatives to maximize the number of meetings with potential partners, find out about common interests, possible partnerships and ways to increase and finance student mobility.
The first South Africa Day for higher education ended with a reception at the South African Embassy in Paris, hosted by HE Rapu Molekane, Ambassador of South Africa to France.
On 14 and 15 October, the South African universities will be visiting French partner institutions such as Sciences Po Paris, Télécom ParisTech, Sorbonne Paris Cité and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers (ENSAM) in order to explore partnership opportunities.