French Ambassador launched France Alumni - India network
France Alumni - India will help former students acquire key industry knowledge, discover exciting career opportunities, and gain valuable insights on the economic and professional world.
New Delhi, 28 September 2016
The Embassy of France in India is pleased to announce the launch of the international France Alumni network in India. First unveiled in Paris by the French Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development in November 2014, France Alumni was conceived as an efficient multilingual digital platform to connect, inform and guide foreign students who have studied in French higher education institutes. The establishment of this network is a priority programme in India.
France Alumni - India will help former students acquire key industry knowledge, discover exciting career opportunities, and gain valuable insights on the economic and professional world. Through this platform, the over 450 French companies operating in India, which employ 300,000 skilled Indian workers, can also share information on job offers and internships, develop their brand and recruit Indian talents.
H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, launched France Alumni - India, on wednesday, 28th September 2016, at the Residence of France.
Speaking of the significance of two-way student mobility, Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler said, “India is a vital strategic partner of France. We attach great importance to academic exchanges between the two countries, embodied by their excellent students, whom we wish to see in greater numbers in France. The India alumni community will serve as ambassadors of France, as they will promote prestigious French scholarships offered to Indian students, foster academic and professional partnerships, and thereby help create further opportunities for returning scholars.”
The www.francealumni.fr/en portal enables former foreign students to keep abreast of upcoming events and opportunities. The 2016-2017 schedule includes, among others, job fairs, French Master classes, recognition of alumnae on International Women’s Day, webinars and seminars on topical issues, mentorship programmes, and participation in philanthropic activities.
France has eased visa issuance for Indian students, alumni and academics:
- Simplified visa procedure: Through their Campus France offices, the Embassy of France in India has simplified visa procedures for Indian students wishing to study in France. Also, visa applications by Indian faculties and officials are now processed as a matter of priority.
- Work visa for students: This measure, introduced in May 2012, enables students graduating from French business and engineering schools to extend their stay and acquire work experience in France.
- Grant of long-term visas: Since July 2013, Indian alumni who hold a degree at the Master’s or higher level from a French higher education institution are being granted tourist or business visas with a long validity period.
Campus France, the governmental agency promoting French higher education, functions under the aegis of the Embassy of France in India. It currently has offices in ten Indian cities: Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Pune.
Any Indian student can schedule a meeting with a Campus France counsellor, who provides all documentation and advice on studies in France, and, if requested, contacts the student’s target French institutions with their application. Campus France organizes direct meetings between French academies and Indian students in various Indian cities on a biannual basis. http://www.india.campusfrance.org