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Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

The priorities under our cooperation are: educating young, scientific, academic, cultural, and administrative elites; support for developing our language and culture and promoting the exchange of ideas. The subject of governance takes on new forms of cooperation. The station supports the primary local think-tanks. This action provides for enhanced French participation in political, economic, and social debates organized locally under the auspices of numerous Czech foundations and circles. It also organizes training in European affairs with a periodic conference cycle and promotes French ideas regarding Europe and major social issues.

The network consists of the French Institute in Prague (3052 students); 6 Alliances Françaises in the region (2,826 students); bilingual sections in 4 high schools (807 students now), the French High School in Prague (782 students, 36.8% of whom are Czechs, K-12) and CEFRES (French Center for Research in Social Sciences) whose integration into the local and regional academic landscape provides for conferring visibility in the social sciences.

Almost nonexistent in the early 1990s, learning French has been measured but steadily increasing for two decades. With over 42,380 students, or 3.8% of the school population in September 2011, French is in fourth place, overtaken by English, German, and Russian.

Under tripartite agreements signed with local authorities (City of Dijon, Burgundy Region, on the one hand, and City of Nîmes, Languedoc-Roussillon Region on the other), French partners co-finance the tuition fees for Czech students schooled for three years at the A. Daudet high school in Nîmes and the Carnot high school in Dijon.

France is the third destination for Czech students in international mobility, in second position for foreign films (400,000 admissions in 2009, or 3.2% market share), and third place for foreign book translations.

Relations in the field of research fall within the perspective of building the European knowledge area. In particular, this support involves the Barrande bilateral scientific exchange program which co-finances, with the Czech section, 26 bilateral projects per year, including chemistry, particle physics, biology, and medicine. In addition, the Vltava program – more particularly targeting teachers and researchers in the initial phase of their career – each year provides for around fifteen missions, over 100 meetings between research professionals and regularly holding five scientific conferences. This scheme provides privileged access to European research programs and their various funding (FPRD, Marie Curie fellowships, EUREKA / eurostars).

The station supports Franco-Czech higher education programs educating 250 students every year partially or mostly in French for a dual Master’s degree.

In 2012, the French Embassy in Prague’s cultural and cooperation envelope amounted to €1.643 million.

Military cooperation: Prague appreciates French expertise in operations (theater and crisis management, particularly in Africa), professionalization, and training.

Dynamic decentralized cooperation is based on around sixty partnerships between French and Czech localauthorities: Burgundy/Central Bohemia, Lorraine/North Moravia, Paris/Prague, Rennes/Brno, Limoges/Plzen... Sessions are held regularly (converting industrial sites, general interest services, competition clusters, education and higher education).

Updated on : 12.10.12

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