French education abroad – Meeting chaired by Mr. Laurent Fabius together with Ms. Najat Vallaud-Belkacem (November 20, 2014) [fr]
Mr. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, yesterday chaired, together with Ms. Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Minister of National Education, Higher Education and Research, a meeting on the major challenges facing our French education abroad network with representatives of elected officials representing French nationals living abroad, the Agency for French Education Abroad, the Mission Laïque Française (French Secular Mission) and the parents of students.
France has a globally unique educational network. With 500 schools in more than 130 countries, it has an enrolment of almost 330,000 pupils. It represents a major investment for the government which assigns approximately 10,000 Ministry of National Education, higher education and research personnel to the network and provides it with €500 million in funding every year. This network has been growing steadily by 3% every year and fulfills a twofold mission: providing education for French children abroad and teaching foreign students. As such, it helps to raise our country’s profile and enhance its attractiveness.
This meeting provided an opportunity to draft guidelines on how to develop our network in accordance with our diplomatic priorities and our economic interests. Mr. Laurent Fabius notably reaffirmed the importance of developing the alumni network through Campus France’s “France Alumni” platform which he will inaugurate on November 26 at the Quai d’Orsay.