President Macron unveils plan to host 30,000 Indian students in France by 2030

The initiative emphasizes teaching French in public schools, encouraging linguistic diversity, and enhancing cultural exchange between India and France.

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French President Emmanuel Macron recently announced an ambitious goal of hosting 30,000 Indian students in France by 2030 during his recent two-day visit to India. Posting on X (formerly Twitter), Macron revealed a comprehensive strategy titled “French for All, French for a Better Future.”

Teaching French in public schools

The initiative emphasizes teaching French in public schools, encouraging linguistic diversity, and enhancing cultural exchange between India and France. Macron highlighted plans to expand the network of Alliances françaises, cultural centers for French language learning.

A crucial component of the plan includes establishing international classes to support students who may not speak French but aspire to enroll in French universities. This inclusive approach is designed to attract a diverse talent pool and enhance academic collaboration between the two nations.

“We are developing the network of Alliances francaises, with new centers to learn French. We are creating international classes which will allow students, who do not necessarily speak French, to join our universities,” Macron said.

Simplification of visa process

To better assist Indian students, Macron highlighted the streamlining of the visa process, particularly for those with previous educational experiences in France. This initiative aims to create a more seamless pathway for former Indian students to return for higher education or other opportunities in France.

The announcement is aligned with Macron’s overarching vision for increased collaboration between India and France. He urged young individuals from both countries to actively engage in exchange programs and collaborative initiatives, fostering trust, friendship, and mutual growth.

The move builds on the longstanding educational ties between India and France. Over the years, many Indian students have opted for France as a destination for higher education, drawn to its prestigious institutions and a wide array of academic programs.

Strengthening existing ties

The new initiative signifies a strategic effort to strengthen existing ties and create additional opportunities for Indian students to avail themselves of the French education system.

Macron’s vision for the future, marked by strengthened academic ties, underscores the commitment of both nations to fostering global educational exchange, cultural understanding, and collaboration.

Long-term post-study visas

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced at La Seine Musicale in Paris that India and France had agreed to grant five-year long-term post-study visas to Indian Masters students.

“The last time I came to France, it was decided that Indian students studying in France would be given a two-year post-study work visa. Now it has also been decided that Indians pursuing master’s in France will be given a long-term post-study-visa of five years,” said Modi.

Nathan Yasis

Nathan Yasis

Nathan studied information technology and secondary education in college. He dabbled in and taught creative writing and research to high school students for three years before settling in as a digital journalist.

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Nathan studied information technology and secondary education in college. He dabbled in and taught creative writing and research to high school students for three years before settling in as a digital journalist.

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