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French and local higher education bodies come together

The largest contingent of representatives from French universities and research institutions will be in Adelaide today to explore new ways of working together with their Australian counterparts.

The first South Australian-French Tertiary Education and Research Workshop will focus on meeting future workforce development training and skills challenges by tailoring courses to the needs of businesses. It will identify further opportunities to nurture relationships between the main Australian and French stakeholders in the $50 billion Future Submarine contract.

More than 150 people will attend the workshop including 30 from French universities and companies, and with nine coming from DCNS’ Paris office.

Hosted by the State Government and the Embassy of France in Australia, the workshop has been developed under the Memorandum of Understanding signed in November 2016 by Premier Jay Weatherill and Ambassador Christophe Lecourtier. The MoU paved the way for Team SA and Team France to collaborate across a number of areas.

His Excellency Christophe Lecourtier said the workshop marks a very important milestone for education and scientific cooperation between France and Australia.

“Through this workshop, we wished to bring together each stakeholder that is fundamental to the global, collaborative and innovative relationship we aspire to: the industry, French universities and research organisations, universities from all around Australia, State and Commonwealth governments,” said Mr Lecourtier.

“The challenges for research and training linked to the construction of the submarines are significant and offer a fantastic opportunity to develop new collaborations.”

Premier Jay Weatherill and Mr Lecourtier will also sign a letter of intent which will strengthen exchanges in higher education and scientific research between South Australia and France.

Image Caption: The first South Australian-French Tertiary Education and Research Workshop is an opportunity to exchange ideas on common priorities.

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