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France and higher vocational education abroad

What is higher vocational education ?

For the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs (MAEE), development cooperation in higher vocational education is a priority task. A strategic framework has been devised in close cooperation with other partner ministries, public operators and the private sector.* This work revealed the large number of French players with recognized skills working in higher vocational education throughout the world. The currently operating programmes reflect a wide variety of actions and bear witness to the very high demand for development cooperation and expertise expressed by emerging and developing countries.

This section summarizes the actions undertaken and makes a number of recommendations based on the discussions that preceded its production.

What is higher vocational education ?

"Vocational education" usually refers to all the courses leading to higher and graduate qualifications based on a "career" approach and designed in close cooperation with the private sector so that the training proposed is appropriate for the world of work.

Higher vocational education, i.e., post secondary school, consequently comprises higher in-service training and teaching given in university technology institutes (IUTs), business and engineering schools supported by chambers of trade and industry (CCIs), regional vocational chambers, etc. French universities are also increasingly active in this sort of course.

Illust: The university (...), 120.6 ko, 400x267
The university of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, offering over 200 multidisciplinary and qualifying courses, implements a serious international cooperation policy. © MAEE/Frédéric de La Mure.

Updated on: July 2011

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