University of Malta Students at Industrial Laboratories in France
The University of Malta and the Embassy of France have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding which will allow a number of University students in science and engineering to spend a few months working in French industrial laboratories and scientific institutions. The French Embassy will finance the students during their stay in France. The Memorandum was signed by the Rector, Professor Juanito Camilleri and by the French Ambassador H.E. Jean Marc Rives. Speaking after the signing ceremony Ambassador Rives and Rector Camilleri both expressed their satisfaction at the increasing pace of Maltese-French relations in the field of Higher Education. Professor Camilleri thanked the French Ambassador for his support and said that he shared the Ambassador’s vision of taking Franco-Maltese relations beyond the traditional focus on the French language. He said that the Ambassador’s aim of strengthening collaboration in the scientific and technological fields in cooperation with French industry fitted perfectly with the University’s objectives. Ambassador Rives said that even in the field of the promotion of French the Embassy and the University were looking at new ways of cooperating. The Ambassador confirmed that this Memorandum was expected to be the first in a series of collaborations that promises to take Maltese-French academic and student relations to an unprecedented level of activity. He stated that the efforts the Embassy was making in linking top Maltese students with French industry would give fruit in coming years. These students would have a great opportunity of working and gaining experience in some of the most prominent hi-tech labs of French industry. The Ambassador and the Rector also thanked The Malta Council for Science and Technology for supporting this initiative by financing the students’ airfares. The first six students to benefit from this initiative will be taking up placements in prominent French laboratories. The students were selected after a call issued in November 2006 to engineering and ICT students.
l to r: Anne Louise Debeusscher-Cultural Counsellor, French Embassy, French Ambassador Jean Marc Rives, University of Malta Rector Juanito Camilleri, Brian Warrington - Malta Council of Science and Technology and Omar Grech - Director - International & EU Office, University of Malta