France is committed to establishing a Franco-Indian Campus centred around Health in the Indo-Pacific region. It is envisioned as a joint venture between the two nations to institute and promote excellence in education and research through teaching, training and research programmes delivered jointly by leading French and Indian Higher Education and Research Institutions. Considering the existing Franco-Indian scientific collaborations, the priority topics identified during bilateral dialogues, and the global challenges in health manifested by the pandemic, the focus of the proposed Franco-Indian Campus would be the health sector. The fields of teaching and research will span pure and applied sciences, social and human sciences, life sciences and technology, applied to One Health.

A call to gather the working forces of the two countries

With the support of long-term and fruitful academic and research cooperations between India and France, the French Ministries of Europe and Foreign Affairs (MEAE) and of Higher Education, Research and Innovation (MESRI) are jointly launching this initiative to which  € 900,000 of public funding have been allocated. The location, the institutions involved and the content of the Campus will be defined through a Call for projects that has been published on the 15th of April 2022. A final decision will be made by the end of 2022. The involvement of the corporate sector is highly welcome.

Creating double-degrees 

The Campus will be a joint venture of Indo-French academic partners who will agree to deliver 100% double degrees (1 Indian degree + 1 French degree) in English. Institutions can either apply on a standalone basis or within a consortium. The long-term aim of the campus is to offer Bachelor’s, Master and Doctoral degrees. However, double degrees at the master’s level can be considered a realistic short-term goal. 

The Campus must also be host to a multidisciplinary research ecosystem, strongly transversal, which would be instrumental to the development of innovative and diverse partnerships (academics, innovators, clusters, start-ups, industrial entities, etc.), especially by fostering training through research and innovation.

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