Campus France, the French national agency for the promotion of higher education and student mobility, was officially inaugurated at Makerere University on Tuesday 30 th January 2018 at a ceremony jointly organised by the Embassy of France in Uganda and Makerere University.
Hon. Janet Museveni, Minister of Education and Sports, who was represented at the ceremony by Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut, Minister for General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister, described Campus France’s launch as an important step in the France-Uganda cooperation in higher education, opening doors to scholars and researchers to access opportunities in France’s excellent institutions of higher learning.
“Up until now, students from this region, which is predominantly Anglophone, have found it hard to access educational opportunities that exist in France,” she observed.
The launch was part of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Embassy of France and Makerere University for the promotion of cultural, linguistic, higher education and research cooperation in Uganda.
The University Council Chairman Eng. Dr. Charles Wana-Etyem and the Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof. Ernest Okello Ogwang welcomed Campus France on Makerere University campus. The expressed gratitude for the University’s collaboration with France through the teaching of French at School of Language, Literature and Communication, the various student scholarships and exchange programmes, and the thematic conferences and debates held at the University.
Campus France seeks to simplify French procedures for the reception of foreign students and researchers and increase the number of foreign students in France while preserving the quality of their reception.
The Ambassador of France to Uganda Stéphanie Rivoal invited Ugandans to take advantage to the Campus France desk to access up-to- date information on study opportunities, including scholarships in France. She said learning French, a language spoken by more than 250 million people today – the majority of whom are in Africa – will increase tremendously the chances of getting a job in Uganda and beyond. She however noted that French is not necessarily a requirement for one to study in France.
“French universities offer more than 150 programmes taught in English in diverse disciplines such as law, political science, Business and Administration, Architecture and Art etc.,” she noted.
A recent Campus France survey reveals that the attractiveness of France as a study destination for international students is continuing to grow, with nearly two-thirds (64%) of respondents choosing France ahead of Germany, the US and the UK.
Each year more than 300,000 international students choose to study in France, making it the fourth most attractive country and the leading non-English speaking destination for inbound student mobility. The quality of training remains at the top of the criteria for choosing France but culture and the desire to improve one’s French language were also cited.
The Director of Campus France Ms. Béatrice Khaiat attributed the attractiveness of France’s higher education to its high quality and low cost made possible by up to 14,000€ government subsidy per student per year.
“It costs about 84€ to register for a Bachelor degree programme, 256€ for Masters and 391€ for a Doctorate programme in a public university in France,” she revealed.
The ceremony also saw exhibition by students of Makerere University who showcased their technology and innovation at the Freedom Square.
Some French companies, NGOs and projects in Uganda, including Alliance française, SeaOwl Uganda, ACTED Uganda, Epicentre medical research centre Mbarara also put up stands to present their products and services to the public.
At the end of the ceremony, three Makerere University students won scholarships in a raffle draw to study French language in France at Alliance Francaise Kampala.
The Campus France desk at Makerere University is located within the International Affairs Office at Lincoln House, Flat A5, and a French corner at the New Library extension.
Information on studying in France can also be accessed from the Campus sub office at Alliance française Kampala on Bukoto Street, Kamwokya.