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Macron Reveals ‘Ambitious’ Plan To Host 30,000 Indian Students

On Friday, French President Emmanuel Macron revealed that France has set a target to host 30,000 Indian students in its universities by 2030, aiming to enhance academic collaboration between the two nations. Macron, currently in India for the 75th Republic Day celebrations, described the initiative as part of an “ambitious” plan to strengthen ties with India, emphasizing its importance as a “key partner” in the Indo-Pacific region. The target was initially announced after Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited France in July 2023.

In a post on X (formerly Twitter), Macron outlined the plan, which includes launching initiatives like “French for All, French for a Better Future” to facilitate French learning in public schools. The effort also involves expanding the network of Alliances françaises with new centres for learning French and establishing international classes to enable students, irrespective of their proficiency in French, to enrol in French universities.

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Additionally, Macron highlighted streamlined visa processes for former Indian students who have previously studied in France, making it more convenient for them to return. The announcement aligns with France’s interim goal of attracting 20,000 Indian students by 2025, laying the groundwork for the larger target of 30,000 by 2030.

Despite acknowledging the ambition of the target, Macron expressed determination to achieve it. France has already implemented measures to facilitate Indian students study in the country, such as the “Campus France” program launched in 2018, providing information and support. The initiative has contributed to a 20% increase in Indian students studying in France.

Prime Minister Modi welcomed Macron’s visit to India, emphasizing their strong rapport during a roadshow in Jaipur. The leaders discussed strengthening cooperation in defence, security, trade, and clean energy. Macron’s visit also includes attending the Republic Day ceremony on January 26, marking a significant step in the bilateral relationship between India and France.

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