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Inaugural Sino-French Education Development Forum held in Paris


The Ministry of Education (MOE) of China and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research (MESR) of France jointly held the first Sino-French Education Development Forum in Paris on June 21. Chinese Minister of Education Huai Jinpeng and French Minister of Higher Education and Research Sylvie Retailleau attended the event and delivered speeches.

Minister Huai said this year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and France. He recalled that, during a successful state visit to France in May, Chinese President Xi Jinping reached a series of important consensuses with French President Emmanuel Macron on advancing Sino-French relations for the next six decades. The current forum aims to build a new platform for facilitating exchange between the two countries’ higher education institutions (HEIs), expand cooperation in education and research, foster synergies between the education sector and industry, and propel Sino-French educational partnership to a higher level.

Huai noted that practical educational cooperation between China and France has significantly enhanced mutual understanding between the peoples of both countries. It has also promoted the development of their educational endeavors and represents a “Sino-French Solution” that will help solve global challenges. Looking ahead, he expressed hope that both sides will actively implement the initiatives of the two countries’ leaders regarding advancing balanced student exchange and mutual cultural learning. He called for HEIs in the two countries to strengthen basic research, technological innovation, and industrial cooperation, thus meeting the demands of the intelligent era and future development. HEIs should strive to increase the depth and breadth of educational and research cooperation in areas at the forefront of science, addressing common challenges facing mankind and focusing on key areas of Sino-French collaboration. Meanwhile, the education ministries of both countries should work together to provide support for cooperation between university presidents and scientists of both countries, promote exchange among students and scholars, and collectively advance scientific solutions to major global challenges.

Recalling the 60-year history of Sino-French educational cooperation, Minister Retailleau remarked that this forum serves as a practical means of implementing the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries and the important resolutions emerging from the sixth meeting of the China-France High-Level Dialogue Mechanism on People-to-People Exchange, thus demonstrating the determination of both sides to engage in long-term cooperation. She said the year 2024 marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and France and is also the China–France Year of Culture and Tourism. Over the years, the education sectors of China and France have cooperated well and achieved plentiful results. The current forum will be a milestone in the history of Sino-French educational cooperation and effectively drive collaboration between HEIs and propel the exchange of visits by students and scholars from both countries. She expressed hope that the two countries would further increase communication, join hands in mutually beneficial effort, and make greater contributions to sustainable development worldwide.

At the forum, representatives from government departments and HEIs of both countries, including the MOE, Peking University, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Xiamen University, Wuhan University, the MESR, Campus France, Chimie ParisTech, and Grenoble Institute of Technology, held discussions on topics such as balanced student mobility, cultural exchange, climate change and sustainable development.

During the forum, a ceremony was held to launch a commemorative album entitled “Chinese and French Students Studying Abroad: Aspiration Unchanged” in celebration of the 60th anniversary of Sino-French diplomatic relations. Fudan University, Sun Yat-Sen University, and South China University of Technology signed cooperative agreements with the French School of Asian Studies, Grenoble Institute of Technology, and the University of Nantes regarding the joint training of engineers, nuclear energy research, and the humanities and social sciences.

Chinese Vice Minister of Education Chen Jie and Chinese Ambassador to France Lu Shaye participated in the forum.