Higher education – Launch of first World Alumni Day


At the behest of Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Catherine Colonna, the Campus France agency and the entire diplomatic network are organizing the first World Alumni Day for students who attended French universities, a valuable connection to France in their own countries. With more than 120 events taking place worldwide from May 13 to 28, France Alumni Day celebrates the exceptional diversity of France-educated talents and their achievements on five continents.

In Paris, an event at the Quai d’Orsay on May 23 will bring together alumni with exceptional career paths; it will be attended by Olivier Becht, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade, Economic Attractiveness and French Nationals Abroad, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs. Different events held around the world will highlight the variety of alumni career paths, especially those of former French government scholarship recipients, and the importance of their studies in France to their professional lives. This initiative will showcase the strength of the France Alumni network launched in 2014 which now has more than 370,000 members from around the world.

It also emphasizes the appeal and excellence of higher education and research in France, which is reflected by international ratings such as the 2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities, also known as the Shanghai Ranking, in which France holds third place for the third consecutive year due to the number of establishments included among the top 50: Université Paris-Saclay (16th), Université Paris Sciences et Lettres, or PSL (40th) and the Sorbonne (43rd).