PARIS Jan 12: France is looking to boost its “strategic partnership” with India, and one of the ways is through higher education – the country hopes to increase Indian student numbers at its schools and universities to at least 10,000 in three years’ time.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, during his visit to India this week, said that last year, up to 4,000 Indian students studied in France.
“This is 50 times more than that of 20 years ago. But it’s still insufficient in terms of the quality of the relationship between the two countries,” he said, as quoted by Times of India.
Times News Network Bengaluru: France has set a target of hosting 10,000 Indian students by 2020, said French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault on Sunday.
According to Ayrault, French President Francois Hollande and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi are on the same page regarding the importance of higher education and student exchange programmes in strengthening ties between the two countries.
In light of tightened visa restrictions and limited job prospects in countries which are more traditionally popular among Indian students, such as the UK and Australia, France has ramped up efforts to attract international students looking for alternative study destinations.