ATN and the Embassy of France forge student mobility partnership [fr]
The Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN) and the Embassy of France in Australia signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) last week in Adelaide to promote cooperation between French and Australian universities.
The agreement, formally signed during the French-Australian Tertiary Education and Research Workshop in Adelaide, aims to encourage student mobility as a means to improve research collaborations between the two countries and interactions at an industry level.
The program will provide ATN students with the opportunity to undertake a three to six month internship at a higher education institution in France. Through placement at institutions with strong ties to industry, the internship program will not only foster cross-institutional collaboration, but will provide students from ATN-member universities with the opportunity to experience the quality of French research and its close links with industry.
“Central to the ATN mission is the identification and development of international alliances and collaborations that provide rewarding opportunities for our students and early career researchers,” explains ATN Executive Director, Renee Hindmarsh.
“Undertaking an international internship is an invaluable experience that allows students to develop cross-cultural capabilities, forge global networks, and foster a broader industry knowledge, all of which increases a graduate’s employability.”
H.E. Christophe Lecourtier, Ambassador of France to Australia states that “This program will provide ATN students with an exceptional opportunity to build connections with France and benefit from our highly integrated research and industry ecosystem."
The program’s internship offers will be circulated through the five ATN-member universities, targeting Honours, Masters and PhD students. Selected students will be eligible to receive a return flight to France and social security cover during their stay in France from the Embassy in France, and an internship allowance from their host institution in France, as well as other additional allowances provided by the ATN-member university where each student is enrolled.
“We look forward to strengthening our ties with the Embassy of France through the facilitation of this student mobility program,” states Ms Hindmarsh.
The Embassy of France is also pursuing this opportunity with their contacts within other Australian universities and groups representing universities to offer this program to the widest-range of participants.
The ATN is a consortium of five major Australian universities: Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in Sydney, RMIT University in Melbourne, University of South Australia (UniSA) in Adelaide and Curtin University in Perth.