(KPL) French ambassador to Laos Florence Jeanblanc-Risler hosted in Vientiane early this month an event for French scholarship alumni and 2019 French scholarship awardees.

“It was a good opportunity for the Lao members of the France Alumni network to meet and celebrate the departure of the new scholars. France is the 4th most popular country for students in international mobility and also the 1st non English speaking host country,” said Ambassador Florence Jeanblanc-Risler.

“This gathering was also the starting point of a new adventure for 20 young Lao nationals who will travel to France in September to study at Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD levels,” said the ambassador.  

France remains a highly attractive destination thanks to its academic excellence, its ability to innovate and its quality of life. Each year more than 300,000 foreign students choose France to pursue their higher education.

In order to support the development of qualified human resources in Laos, the French Embassy, through its Cooperation and Cultural Action Service, has been committed to strengthening the teaching of and in French, developing university courses, fostering cooperation between French and Lao universities and supporting student mobility with the French Government Scholarship Programme.

The ambassador emphasized in her speech that international mobility contributes to students’ personal growth, cultural openness and new professional perspectives upon their return.

Through its scholarship policy, the French Embassy invests in two priority areas for the development of the country namely agriculture and engineering while education and health remain key cooperation areas. Today, many Lao people who graduated in France hold key positions in public and private institutions.

Since 2008, a Campus France office, located at the French Institute of Laos, has been providing advice and assistance to students who wish to pursue higher education in France whether in French or English.

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