The aim is to encourage the next generation of Filipino leaders who have shown strong academic and professional abilities to develop their expertise by studying and carrying out research work in France.
The latest Soft Power 30 rankings have shown France’s ascent to the leading position knocking the US down to the third slot and reflecting a global preference for outward looking, business-friendly politics. The UK retained its second place position, but not without its global reputation taking a hit after the Brexit vote.
International student numbers in France continued their upward trajectory in 2015/16, but the latest statistics from Campus France show that in an increasingly competitive market, growth is not keeping up with that of of global student mobility.
The French Minister of Foreign Affairs has set a target to attract 10,000 Indian students to study in the country by 2020, saying France's Indian student intake doesn't match the countries' trade generation.