Master's in France
Ambassador Elisabeth Barbier of France (front row centre) and Dr Pierre Lemonde (back row right) pictured with students
Dr Pierre Lemonde, Cooperation and Cultural Action Attache for Science and Technology at the Embassy of France in South Africa pointed out a unique feature of the higher education landscape in South Africa. He siad that it is his first experience which includes the broad spectrum from developmental to high-end, sophisticated, established research intitutions.
The Embassy of France in South Africa offered 25 bursaries to South African graduates this year to pursue their Master’s studies in France from September 2014, in various fields including Finance, Economics, Engineering, Public Relations, Media, Business, Journalism, Fashion, International Relations and Political Science, Biology and Sport Science.
The students are graduates from various South African universities, including the University of the Witwatersrand, University of Cape Town, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, University of the Western Cape, Walter Sisulu University, Rhodes University, University of Stellenbosch, University of Pretoria, Durban University of Technology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, etc.
For the first time in the context of this programme, a student who graduated from the National University of Lesotho has also been selected as a beneficiary.
These bursaries are offered annually to students to promote Franco-South African academic exchange and cooperation, and are funded by the French government, managed by the French government agency Campus France, which also has an office in South Africa. Students are selected based on criteria of academic merit, motivation, previous experience and their career objectives.
They will depart soon to study at various tertiary institutions all over France – in Paris, Rennes, Nantes, Dijon, Lyon, etc.
This programme has delivered Master’s graduates in various fields, including Business, Law, Social Sciences, Engineering, etc.
The students selected are:
Teresa Maria Alho
Masilo Christopher Mafube