“We want to maintain our status as a major host country and its aptitude to attract the best students in its institutions, whether they come from Africa, Asia or America. France is aware of all the high-level Tanzanian talents that will bring an asset to the international curricula of our many prestigious universities and schools,” said the Ambassador.
He was speaking at the ‘Choose France’ event to celebrate the France Alumni network in Tanzania held in Dar es Salaam on Tuesday.
He noted that French government has this year sponsored 30 students to pursue studies at different France universities. He said France dedicates about 20 percent (Euros 10,000) of its national budget each year to support education.
Ambassador Clavier said people chose to study in France due to a number of factors including culture and way of living. France is also chosen for the language since French is the official language of about 200 million people spoken in five continents. Speaking French provides privileged access to more than 47 countries in the world.
He said President Emmanuel Macron has set a target to attract 500,000 international students annually from 2017. Currently, there are 7,000 foreign students studying in France while this year alone, the country hosted 324,000 students.
France is the 4th largest host country for international students in the world after US, UK and Australia, he noted.
The Ambassador noted that they have organised the first French-Tanzania higher education fair to take place in Dar es Salaam next week whereas 10 French universities and Tanzanian universities will participate.
At the event, he said, students, alumni and members of the private sector will meet different representatives of French and Tanzanian universities to find professional opportunities and scholarships.
Representing the France Alumni network in Tanzania, Salvius Duwe called upon fellow graduates to continue using their knowledge, skills and expertise to contribute to the country development.
“We should be good ambassadors of France whenever we are, this will encourage many Tanzanian students to pursue their studies in France,” said Duwe adding presence of the campus France Tanzania and its information centres at University of Dar es Salaam and State University of Zanzibar has resulted into many Tanzanians becoming aware of the opportunities in France.
He urged French companies operating in Tanzania to consider giving opportunities to students who studied in France because their skills and knowledge are unquestionable.
Duwe added: “Tanzanians wishing to study in France shouldn’t be worried since the French government’s launched ‘welcome to France’ strategy aims to ensure better learning environment for international students including those from Tanzania”.