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Title Allez-y? France’s latest transnational education initiatives to increase its market share in North Africa and the Middle East
Author The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education


In an initiative that will see the establishment of what appears to be the first full French international branch campus in Africa, France’s Paris-Dauphine University is planning to open a campus in Tunisia’s capital city of Tunis in September 2009. In a similar interesting development, French business school the ESC Lille School of Management is reportedly preparing to open a venture in the Middle East within the next two years, with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Qatar being considered as potential locations. While French universities, given the country’s colonial links, already have a large number of partnerships in place with institutions in Africa, the new initiatives are part of what appears to be an increasing interest among French higher education institutions to develop transnational education initiatives in North Africa and the Middle East, and to attract more students from these regions. What are the details of the country’s latest transnational higher education initiatives? With France currently one of the world’s most popular overseas student destinations, how attractive are French institutions for foreign students, and which policy initiatives have been implemented to attract them?

Date 08/05/2009
Region(s) Africa, Europe, Middle East & Gulf States
Countries Morocco, Tunisia, France, United Arab Emirates
Theme(s) Transnational Education (TNE) Models, Mobility
Topic(s) International Students, Branch Campuses, Joint Provision

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