Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Vice Chancellor of Makerere University has pledged to strengthen the working relationship with Campus France, by sending more students to study in France.
Prof Nawangwe said Makerere University is ready to embrace French and each professor will at least learn some French to help them have some basics.
He made these remarks on Wednesday, March 15, when the Makerere University Management Members and College Principals were interacting with the team from Campus France who visited the University.
The team was led by Mr. Olivier Chiche-Portiche, Director in charge of Geographical Coordination at Campus France and the Head of the Delegation, who was flanked by Ms. Oumou Diakite, Assistant Head of Africa Department at Campus France, in charge of sub-Saharan Africa, Mr. Yves Mercier, Head of Cooperation at the French embassy in Uganda, Ms. Léa Tracol, Education Attaché at the French embassy in Uganda and Ms. Mercy Twinomujuni, Head of Campus France Uganda.
These majorly interacted on areas of effective collaboration and partnerships.
Speaking at the interaction, Mr.Chiche-Portiche said that Campus France is interested in ensuring that Makerere University Students and Staff access study opportunities in France,”
“Our Universities are affordable as compared to UK and USA for example an international student will spend 3700 Euros for an entire course in France as compared to between 10,000 and 30,000 Euros in UK and USA. Even our hostel fees are affordable,” he said
Mr. Chiche-Portiche handles international promotions and foreign-funded scholarships.
Speaking at the interaction, Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi, the Academic Registrar appealed to Campus France to establish information centers which will help in easier dissemination of information so that Ugandans can know about the study opportunities in France.
The Delegation is in Uganda between March 15 and 19 to explore more collaboration opportunities in Uganda.
Campus France, an operator of the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, is the French agency in charge of promoting higher education and hosting and managing the international mobility of students, researchers, experts, and guests.
It’s currently present in 124 countries (including Uganda) around the world, relying on a network of over 250 Campus France Spaces and Antennas.
Speaking at the same interaction Ms. Oumou DIAKITE, Deputy Director of the Africa Department said increased collaborations will help in ensuring that Ugandans access affordable education.
During its 5-day visit, the Campus France delegation, accompanied by members of the French Embassy. will hold meetings with several senior Ugandan ministerial and academic officials, CEOs of foreign companies, diplomatic missions, and agencies, alumni, etc., and will participate in the “Job Fair” organized with Alliance Française de Kampala at the International French School of Kampala on Saturday 18 March.