Ma’akum (“With you”) program – French assistance for new Lebanese students (Nov. 16)


France is mobilizing its efforts to help Lebanese students.

In line with the support lent to the French and francophone elementary and secondary education network in Lebanon, President Macron announced during his visit to Beirut on September 1, 2020, the creation of an aid mechanism to help newly arrived Lebanese students to settle and study in France.

In order to support these students and help bring young French and Lebanese people together, the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs has established the €3 million Ma’akum (“With you”) program. This program, which is being implemented by Campus France, is targeted at almost 3,000 newly arrived Lebanese students enrolled in public institutes of higher education. This aid mechanism is in addition to the scholarships awarded to exceptional students.

France’s efforts within the framework of the Ma’akum program reflects its commitment to helping the Lebanese people, notably its youth, to overcome the crisis, and its determination to promote international mobility and scientific exchanges between France and Lebanon. The emergency humanitarian assistance provided after the explosion on August 4, 2020, in Beirut was further supplemented and boosted by €50 million in financial support for Lebanon in the areas of health, employment, housing, culture and education.