The involvement of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) in the area of higher education is deeply ingrained in the tradition of French cooperation. While the ultimate aim is to train the foreign elite, with the double concern of support for development and/or influence, the objectives of this cooperation have become wider as a result of recent changes.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in France and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MESR) are seeking to boost student mobility with several “target” countries. They thus jointly funded master’s programmes with the authorities in the countries concerned, i.e. Austria, Greece, the Czech Republic, Poland, Portugal and Spain. The master’s projects, submitted by a French or partner-country establishment, following a call for projects and selected based on assessments conducted by experts from both countries, receive incentive financing for three years. Partnerships for master’s programmes began with Ukraine in 2010 and Belgium and Norway in 2011.