HIGHER EDUCATION: SHAPING THE FUTURE
The excellence of French higher education is recognized throughout the world: French institutions, such as Ecole Normale Supérieure, Ecole Polytechnique, Sciences Po, HEC or INSEAD figure prominently in the Shanghai Classification of Universities, the Financial Times and Times Higher Education rankings, and the European Report on Science and Technologies published by the European Commission.
Developing university, scientific and technological cooperation with India is also a priority for France. Around 3,000 Indian students are enrolled in French universities, a figure that is on an upward trajectory as it has more than doubled over the past five years. In concrete terms, this cooperation comprises scholarship programmes and numerous partnerships between Indian and French institutions. Management, Business, Engineering, Life Sciences, Mathematics and Physical Sciences are the main fields of interest for Indian students.
Scientific and technological cooperation is another key area. Such cooperation is rooted in institutes of high standards promoting collaborative projects between French and Indian researchers and scientists, such as CEFIPRA (Indo-French Centre for the Promotion of Advanced Research), which celebrated its twenty-fifth year in February 2012.
A SHARED COMMITMENT TO DEVELOP TECHNOLOGY AND KNOWLEDGE
For centuries, France and India have revered learning. In Europe and India the same tribute is paid to the work of scientists and engineers. Our sovereignty, our independence, and our ability to rise to global challenges all depend on science, technology and innovation.
With this firm belief, France has invested in all high technology sectors and promotes a similar European approach. Space, defence, transport, energy, urban services are some of the areas in which France has promising cooperation, especially with India, as part of the strategic partnership between our two countries.