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Second Indo-French Knowledge Summit to be held in Lyon

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The second Indo-French Knowledge Summit is to take place at the Universite de Lyon in France. The summit’s focus is to be higher education, research and innovation.

This contributes to the continued enhancement of education cooperation between the two nations that we reported on in August this year.

Organised by the Embassy of France in India in partnership with Universite de Lyon, Campus France, and Emlyon Business School on the French side, and the Ministries of Science and Technology and Human Resource Development (MHRD) on the Indian side, the event will be inaugurated by ministers from both French and Indian governments.

The first Indo-French Knowledge Summit was held in 2018 as part of French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to India.

A statement from the French Embassy refers to this as a key moment in Indo-French cooperation as it drew up a road map for the following years, in partnership with the corporate sector.

Emmanuel Lenain, French Ambassador to India, said: “After the success of the first edition in India, we are delighted to see the second edition of the Knowledge Summit take place in France.

“It is an essential step to develop and structure our collaborations in education and research, stimulate connections between research and industry, and encourage the mobility of students and scholars. These matters are a fundamental aspect of our partnership with India.”

15 agreements to be inked by over 300 participants at Indo-French Knowledge Summit

An attendance from over 300 participants from the higher rungs of Indian and French academia, research organisations, corporate houses, competitive clusters and start-ups, as well as public authorities is anticipated at the summit.

The summit expects to see around 15 agreements inked between French and Indian participants.

During the March 2018 Knowledge Summit, a very significant MoU was signed between France and India: the mutual recognition of academic qualifications in non-professional degrees. Students who graduate from Indian institutions are eligible for further education in France, and vice versa.

This continued partnership between India and France has resulted in a sharp increase in Indian students opting to go to France for higher studies over the past two years.

As a result of this, the target of welcoming 10,000 Indian students to France by 2020 will be achieved this year, giving rise to a revised aim of doubling this figure by 2025.

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