French students studying at Quebec universities will no longer pay in-province university tuition fees starting next year under a renegotiated bilateral agreement between the French and Quebec governments.
Booming Chinese investment in Africa could prove to be beneficial for France. With historical and lingual ties to several countries on the continent, France has seen an increase in Chinese students keen to learn French and establish ties with French industry. As a result, the French government has initiated a series of programmes to attract Chinese students to France.
The governments in China and France have invested in fortifying economic ties between their countries by supporting the establishment of the country's first Confucius Institute for Business. “Major players in the Chinese corporate world are now more than ever willing to cooperate with Europe," said the centre director.
After France's Minister of Higher Education Geneviève Fioraso declared France's position as a study destination as "fragile" last year, the government has started 2014 with pledges to make good on efforts to boost inbound student numbers including extending work rights and facilitating visa processing.
After a stagnant 2013, members of one of France's leading French as a foreign language teaching associations, Groupement FLE, are prepared to approach 2014 head-on with cross sectoral alliances and plans to expand their marketing strategies to emerging markets.
Geneviève Fioraso, French Minister of Higher Education, has announced €8 million of funding for online courses to allow France to "catch up" with other countries investing in MOOC development. At present, only 3% of French universities offer online courses, compared with 80% in the US. The Ministry wants to promote the courses for job seekers and those already in work as well as for students.
Julian Hall, writing for The PIE Review, assesses the political push to ensure France remains a top-five international educator and finds out how the language teaching sector fits in with these aims. “Our country has lost ground in the last 10 years," says France's Higher Education Minister.