French envoy Jean-Marin Schuh says more help coming in for Bangladeshis willing to study in France
Bangladeshi students willing to pursue higher studies in France can expect more windows of opportunities and enjoy simplified visa processing from the next academic year.
Speaking at a networking evening of France Alumni on last Sunday, France’s Ambassador to Bangladesh Jean-Marin Schuh said, “We will keep working to help Bangladeshis willing to study in France. In that frame, the beginning of the academic year will witness the launch of a new approach, based on the simplification of visa policies, an increase in programs in French as a foreign language and programs taught in English.”
In presence of many Bangladeshi ex-students, who studied in France in the past, the French envoy also introduced their new partner – Prominent Consultant – which will now be in charge of promoting higher studies in France.
“I take this opportunity to introduce our new partner, Prominent Consultant, which will now be in charge of promoting higher studies in France on our behalf and help our future students with the best advices on higher education in France,” said Jean-Marin Schuh at the event held at his Dhaka residence.
France Alumni was created at the initiative of the French foreign ministry to promote a global platform of foreign students who studied in France. Every year, more than 100,000 international students graduate from the French education system.
For its (France Alumni) fourth anniversary, the French embassy in Dhaka succeeded to connect 180 alumni members in its Bangladeshi network. The envoy hoped, “This number will keep growing steadily as every year more and more Bangladeshis are interested in pursuing their higher studies in France.”
During the period up to 2025, the ambassador said, half of all jobs are projected to require high level of qualifications.
The French envoy termed the France Alumni network in Bangladesh an important element of Bangladesh-France bilateral relations.
While talking to Dhaka Tribune, one of the alumnae, Afroza Alam recalled her fond memories of doing a Joint Master's Program on – Master in Economic Policies in the age of Globalization, Master of Commerce in the field of Development Theory and Policy and Master in Economic Analysis and Policy – in three different universities under Erasmus Mundus Scholarship in 2016.
The universities she studied to secure the degree are: Berlin School of Economics and Law, Berlin, Germany, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa and Université Paris 13 – Sorbonne Paris Cité, Paris, France.
Now a World Bank consultant on macroeconomic trade and investment, Afroza Alam, said she had good education and wonderful academic life during the two years (2016-18) that she spent in three best educational institutions.
Another alumna, Nanjiba Zahin, spoke of her days at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, commonly referred to as Sciences Po. Under a French scholarship, Nanjiba studied a year (2016-17) at Science Po University, Reims, France on the subject – International Affairs, Economics and Strategy. Her time in Reims was counted as 3rd year education of a 4-year undergrad degree she obtained in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) from the Asian University for Women (AUW) in Chittagong.
Nanjiba Zahin, now a BBC Media Action researcher, told Dhaka Tribune that she learnt French while pursuing the higher education in Reims and was involved with extracurricular activities like participation in musical choir, working for integration of Syrian refugees in France.
Prominent Consultant’s Chief Executive Syed Yousuf Ali told Dhaka Tribune that on behalf of the French embassy and the Alliance François, they will represent Campus France, which is France’s equivalent of British Council, in Bangladesh.
“We’ll try to make students here aware of French education opportunities, scholarships, visa etc and link them up with France Alumni members so that they can learn from the former students’ experience,” explained Ali.