Convention Haitian French Universities to Promote Economic Development

President Jean Henry of the Conference of Rectors, Presidents, and Heads of Higher Education Institutions in Haiti signed a partnership agreement with Representative Jean-Paul Jourdan of the French Conference of University Presidents while Minister Manigat of the Ministry of Education looked on. Haitian and French university rectors were also present.


The formal agreement between the two countries will last five years and continues the flow of technical assistance from French universities to Haitian higher education learning. Technical assistance will include executive training, research development, and curriculum development with the emergence of double majors. One tangential purpose of the agreement is to underscore France's commitment in advancing Francophonie in Haiti, whose lead has helped spread the practice of it throughout the Americas.

Henry made clear the signing signifies Haiti wants to go beyond technical assistance and open up "real cooperation based on an exchange between partners with common interests . . ." He added the Convention will extend the scope of the collaboration.

Observers of the French-Haitian universities' partnership remind the public starting in 2010, following the earthquake; France re-affirmed its solidarity with Haiti, which has roots dating back to Haiti's declaration of independence in 1804. To underscore France's commitment to Haitian economic development, France gave 700 master's scholarships to Haitian students after the earthquake. Jourdan spotlighting the success of the partnership stated "nearly 34% of Haitian . . . students come to our country, half at the level of license"

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