2nd Edition of the Young Urban Designers & Architects Programme
The launch of the 2019 edition of the Young Urban Designers and Architects Programme was jointly organised by the French Embassy in India, with the collaboration of Campus France and the French Development Agency (AFD).
New Delhi, 12 November 2018
The Ambassador of France to India, H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, today launched the second edition of the Young Urban Designers and Architects Programme (YUDAP). Focused on theoretical and professional training in architecture and urban planning, this programme will see five young Indian architects and urban planners intern for six months in top-level Parisian organisations in 2019.
Meeting the selected young professionals, Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler, commented: “The Young Urban Designers and Architects Programme is an effective initiative reflecting the depth and dynamism of India and France’s collaboration for sustainable urban development. This programme, built with our Indian partners, furthers academic, professional and economic ties between our two countries. The first session of the programme was very successful and we are delighted to welcome the next batch for the second edition. The internships will give brilliant Indian professionals the opportunity to acquire new experience in French firms, which will benefit, in turn, from the talent, expertise and perspectives of the outgoing Indian architects and urban designers.”
The chosen five young professionals are alumni of the Delhi School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) and CEPT University in Ahmedabad. During their stay in France, they will be an active part of renowned architecture firms, with special access to their practices and working knowledge. The companies will provide a monthly stipend to the YUDAP beneficiaries, while the French Embassy will cover social security. On their return to India, the YUDAP beneficiaries will create their own network of stakeholders sharing common standards and references.
The launch of the 2019 edition of the Young Urban Designers and Architects Programme was jointly organised by the French Embassy in India, with the collaboration of Campus France and the French Development Agency (AFD). This day-long session at the Embassy gave the YUDAP scholars an overview of the programme structure, its key learning areas, its future prospects as well as the logistical support which will be provided during their visit. A mentoring session with the class of the first edition (2018), which returned from Paris in July 2018 also took place. The YUDAP class of 2019 met Ms Agnès Vince, Director for Architecture from the French Ministry of Culture. She introduced the students to Architecture and Urban Planning in France.
The YUDAP programme will unfold from February to July 2019 as follows:
- a weeklong institutional session upon the students’ arrival in France;
- a 5-month professional internship in 5 organisations with different specialisations in Paris: ENIA Architects, Agence Goutal, Architecture Studio, Lipsky - Rollet, and Martin Duplantier;
- a weeklong academic workshop organised at mid-term with students from the Ecole Nationale d’Architecture Paris Belleville (National School of Architecture, Paris Belleville) - ENSAPB.
The first edition of this programme proved such a success that the stakeholders involved desired to renew the experience in 2019. Many French and Indian stakeholders were involved in planning the YUDAP’s second edition: SPA and CEPT University, the French ministries of Ecological and Inclusive Transition, and Culture, the French Architects Overseas Association (AFEX), the National School of Architecture Belleville Paris (ENSAPB), the Cité internationale des Art,s and the Embassy of France. The students had no trouble integrating in the organisations they were sent to. The workshop organised at mid-term by ENSAPB proved a real success. The aim of creating a lasting network between French and Indian architects is well on its way to being realised, with students and organisations maintaining collaboration, and planning to continue working together in the future. These bold actions will thus ensure the programme remains a long-term partnership.
The Young Urban Designers and Architects Programme aims to further Indo-French collaboration in the field of urban development. This cooperation agreement was first inked between the Indian and French governments in 2012. It was renewed during the State visit to India of the President of the French Republic, Mr Emmanuel Macron, in March 2018. The bilateral partnership in urban development has been visible through numerous exchanges between ministries, annual meetings of joint working groups, workshops and seminars on the vital areas of various metro, urban mobility and smart city developments.
The French higher education system, long recognised for its quality, has made France among the top three most popular destinations in the world among international students. With its famous ‘Grandes Ecoles’ and reputed universities, its renowned management and business schools, France is at the educational heart of Europe.
The number of Indian students going to France has increased over recent years. Most of these students attend the over 1,300 courses taught in English in France, a number that is increasing every year.
Moreover, India and France have an agreement that allows Indian students to stay in France for two years: one for the duration of their course and to acquire professional experience at the end of their academic programme. It also provides for a reciprocal arrangement for French students in India.
The Embassy of France in India granted 500 scholarships to Indian students in 2017. These were offered under the flagship ‘Charpak’ programme for Master’s degrees and also via exchange semesters and research internships. French companies also offer scholarships to Indian students, including tuition fee waivers and a monthly stipend. The newly-established Franco-Indian Education Trust has also begun offering scholarships in a variety of fields.
Further, all Indian citizens with a post-graduate or higher degree from a French higher education institution are eligible for short-term visas with a long validity period for a tourist or business trip to France.