France is looking to double the number of Indian students studying abroad in the country by 2025, Indian newspaper The Hindu has revealed.
Earlier this month, Indian alumni of higher educational institutions in France met with Jean Baptiste Lemoyne, who is France’s Minister of State for Europe and Foreign Affairs.
Having graduated from a variety of degrees such as business, engineering and design, the alumni raised and discussed the various issues they had observed and experienced with Mr Lemoyne.
At the forefront of the issues they identified was the need for better connections with French businesses in India, an issue that Mr Lemoyne promised to look into.
France more attractive due to US, UK immigration restrictions
France is part of a cohort of countries that has rushed in to fill the void created by a sharp decrease in the number of Indian students choosing to pursue further and higher education in the United States of America as well as the United Kingdom owing to restrictive immigration policies put in place over the past decade.
Driven by easier visa regulations and the opportunity to work in-country after graduation, the number of Indian students in France has sharply risen from just 400 ten years ago to an expected 10,000 by the end of 2019.
Post-study work permit and English-language courses available for Indian students
A combination of factors such as increasing number of programmes delivered in English, the availability of France post-study work permits and improved access to scholarships and grants have contributed to the country’s rise as a study abroad destination for Indian students.
Remy Tirouttouvarayane, a spokesperson for the Embassy of France in India, said that by 2025, France hopes to double the number of Indian students yet again.
Mr Tirouttouvarayane noted: “Indian students have long faced a barrier in France. But there are an increasing number of French courses being offered in English, aimed at international and French students who want to compete on the global stage.”
Indian students in France are also able to gain a two-year work permit, allowing them to work after they complete their studies.
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