French days on Campus à Adelaide [fr]
On the 15th, 16th and 17th of May, the University of South Australia, Flinders University and finally the University of Adelaide hosted the French Days on Campus, a special event conceived by the Embassy of France and aiming to promote France and all that it has to offer to the Australian academic community.
Studies in France, internships, research, career opportunities in French companies, university partnerships as well as French culture, language, music, cinema and of course gastronomy – the three Adelaide universities set their clocks to French time over the course of three days to welcome the French Days on Campus.
Organised around a “French stand”, reuniting the ensemble of the represented institutions (French universities, businesses, the Alliance française, AFRAN, FACCI), the different activities on offer allowed both students and professors from the universities to get to know the current opportunities linked to France, in the specific context of South Australia, which will host the shipyard for future submarines built by Naval Group.
Information sessions on studies in France, alumni testimonials, round tables on research + industry collaborations, conferences, a question & answer session with the Ambassador, master classes, French language workshops, a film projection, concerts, tastings, a French bookstore (le Van du Livre): this is the vast choice of activities which were proposed to put France in the spotlight and to encourage student mobility.
This event saw the participation of a dozen French universities and faculties (Université de Nantes, de Bretagne Occidentale, Rennes 1, Paris 2, IMT Atlantique, Groupe des Ecoles Centrales, ENSTA Bretagne, ENSTA Paris Tech, Ecole Polytechnique), who came all the way to meet Australian students, promote their programs and strengthen their collaborations with Australia.
The most active French companies in South Australia were also represented : Naval Group, Dassault Systems, Easyskills, Predict, Pernod Ricard and Neoen as part of a “job fair”, during which they were able to present their internship opportunities and job offers to students of the three universities.
Several agreements were also signed during the course of the three days ; between the Embassy of France and the Innovative Research Universities group, Dassault systèmes and the University of Adelaide, Dassault Systèmes and UniSA and finally between IMT Atlantique and the University of Adelaide.
These French Days on Campus represent a new milestone in the rise of academic and scientific cooperation between France and South Australia. A delegation of representatives from the Brittany region was also present to develop the privileged relationship between Brittany and South Australia, where higher education and research play a central role.
A huge thank you to the University of South Australia, Flinders University and to the University of Adelaide who made the French days a wonderful success!