Mexico and France to sign Education Agreement

By Dania Vargas Austryjak

Scholarships, certifications and job opportunities for students on both sides.

Presidents Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico and Francoise Hollande of France will meet in July this year to sign a joint cooperation agreement on education. The Peña government hopes to provide Mexican students with opportunities to study abroad and work simultaneously in the European country.

The bilateral agreement would indeed provide Mexican students with scholarships to take classes, work in French companies and certify their abilities as engineers in sectors with high growth potential. For the Mexican students, the scholarships will be covered 100%, financed in equal parts by the private sector and the Mexican Secretariat of Public Education (SEP).

Juan Pablo Castañón, president of the Mexican Employers' Association (Coparmex), was quoted in the Economist stating that: “France launched this public policy after World War II, as the government set to work on technological advancement and understanding ... It has been demonstrated that this leads to better jobs, more technology and more resources”.

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Currently in Mexico, the aerospace, automobile, biotechnology, energy, and transportation industries are thriving and in need of qualified engineers to meet demand of large production plants already working in the country.

Until the presidents meet, colleges around Mexico will be mapped out in order to learn which are interested in participating in the program. In September, students will begin their exchange in France, a country that is currently competitive in aerospace, locomotive, automobile, satellite and energy industries.

It is expected that this agreement will benefit many students and provide them with international experience as well as help the previously mentioned industries.

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