The Ambassador of France to the United Arab Emirates, H. E. Ludovic Pouille, the President of Total E&P United Arab Emirates, Hatem Nusseibeh, and the Vice Chancellor of Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, Eric Fouache, have inaugurated on Monday May 7, 2018 the France Alumni UAE network in the Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi, in presence of the Deputy Managing Director of Campus France, Thierry Valentin and several business people but also academics and numerous graduates of French higher education.
France Alumni UAE, a network of French higher education’s graduates, is a platform launched by Campus France, on the initiative of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs to unify the 100,000 international students who graduate each year from French higher education. France Alumni UAE offers them a valuable tool in their professional career, whether it is the directory that allows everyone to join the network and get in touch with other alumni, or website Francealumni.fr which offers discussion spaces, thematic groups, current news about the cultural and economic French network and also spaces dedicated to business partners and job opportunities.
The creation of a France Alumni UAE community responds to a request from French university graduates living in the United Arab Emirates, whose number is constantly increasing, to extend their French experience in their professional career. It also demonstrates, in this year of the Franco-Emirati Cultural Dialogue, the importance of education for France and the United Arab Emirates.
On this occasion, the Ambassador of France to the United Arab Emirates, H.E. Ludovic Pouille said: “The launching of France Alumni UAE is a chance for every graduate of French higher education to enhance his academic career in the United Arab Emirates. The network, presented during the Year of Zayed and the Franco-Emirati Cultural Dialogue, responds to a real request from graduates and illustrates once again the dynamism of Franco-Emirati relations.”
According to Thierry Valentin, Deputy Director General of Campus France, “Campus France is proud to welcome French higher education graduates residing in the United Arab Emirates in the France Alumni UAE network. They join a community of nearly 170,000 members in 120 countries. The France Alumni UAE platform aims to strengthen and bring to life the links that exist between the UAE and France. It will help build bridges between old and new generations of students who have stayed in France. It will bring about new types of interactions between the community of graduates and those of the economic sector and companies in the UAE and France.”
The launch of France Alumni UAE is the result of a partnership between the French Embassy, Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi and Total. In October 2017, an agreement was signed between Total and the French Embassy, to allow Emirati students to pursue their academic studies in France. These students, selected based on academics, will strengthen the France Alumni community in the United Arab Emirates.
On this occasion, Hatem Nusseibeh, Total E&P President and Country Chair in the UAE, said: “We have always been believers of the role of education in progressing communities and how it positively influences it. Being here today and meeting all of these successful graduates supported by Total over the years makes us proud and proves the success of our long-term partnerships in education and to young locals in the UAE. Investing on youth means brighter future and Total is committed to talents and the development of the country.”
Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi graduates students will also benefit from the advantages of the France Alumni UAE network after graduation. University Vice-Chancellor Eric Fouache said: “Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi is proud to be the backbone of francophone higher education in Abu Dhabi and to anchor French Diplomas in the UAE and in the region by its 1700 Alumni since the foundation of the University.
We would like to thank H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces for granting scholarships to all Emiratis accepted into Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi in induction year or Bachelor programme. We would also like to thank ADEK and the Federal Ministry of Education for their ongoing support. We are delighted to launch, with the French Embassy in the UAE and Total, France Alumni UAE Network in the UAE.”