Symposium – Making the French Connection
Ambassador Julien spoke on France–Australia–Europe : Developing Partnerships in Higher Education. He said “This year marks the start of the EU's Lifelong Learning Program which will run from 2007 to 2013, and its budget of nearly 7 billion euro will be used to fund projects and activities that support millions of individuals to study, train and teach abroad as well as foster interchange, cooperation and mobility between education and training institutions and systems.
“Education and training are the cement that binds societies together in the face of economic and demographic change. Through our EU-Australia bilateral program, over 500 students have travelled across the world to undertake courses in Australian and European Universities. Under this program, Australian universities have partnered with many institutions across Europe. Research and education will remain a central pillar of our cooperation. Not only do we see this as an economic imperative to ensure Europe's growth, but it is also a social imperative.”
On the France-Australia bilateral relations in education, Ambassador Julien said: “I know that France and Australia also have a wonderful co-tutelle program. Co-tutelle students not only have their studies jointly supervised by academics from both French and Australian universities but, if successful, the students are awarded a joint or double-badge degree.”
An expanded text of the speech is available at: http://www.delaus.ec.europa.eu/pressandinformation/speeches/BJ_FrenchConnection.htm.