Representatives from French universities gathered for “Vietnam Day” in Paris on April 24 to seek joint opportunities with Vietnamese partners.

The event was hosted by the French national agency for the promotion of higher education, international student services, and international mobility, known as Campus France.

Vietnam is launching education cooperation at both government and school-levels. It has agreed major projects with the German, French, British and Japanese governments, noted Campus France General Director Antoine Grassin in his opening remarks.

Jacque Frere, Attaché of Science and Universities from the French Embassy in Vietnam, cited the international-standard University of Science and Technology of Hanoi (USTH), a key partnership between Vietnam and France, as a success story.

He said hundreds of French professors, researchers and lecturers have assisted USTH in teaching and science studies.

Deputy Head of the Ministry of Education and Training’s International Cooperation Department, Nguyen Thanh Huyen, said France has the largest number of partnership programmes with Vietnam in university education.

According to the Campus France, over 6,300 Vietnamese students enrolled in French universities in 2012-2013. Vietnam is now among the top 10 countries with the highest number of students in France. From the Asian region, only China sends more.

Meanwhile, France is the third most common destination chosen by Vietnamese students, after the US and Australia.-VNA