MoU signed by the ATN and the Embassy of France for the French Company Experience Program [fr]

On 26 September, in the Official Hall of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) (the former Court of Justice of Victoria State where Ned Kelly was put on trial), the Ambassador of France to Australia, H.E. Stéphane Romatet, and Professor Peter Coaldrake AO, Chairman of Australian Technology Network of Universities (ATN), signed a Memorandum of Understanding ; securing a new partnership between the Embassy of France and ATN for the French Company Experience Program.

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MoU signed by the ATN and the Embassy of France for the French Company Experience Program
Professor Peter Coaldrake, AO, ATN Chair and H.E Stéphane Romatet, Ambassador of France to AUstralia

The signing ceremony took place in the presence of Ms Vicki Thomson, Executive Director of ATN, and Mr Bruno Gutton, Federal President of the French Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, (FACCI); a recent partner of French Company Experience Program. Mr Gutton also represented the major French companies operating in Australia and the various program partners.

HE Stéphane Romatet welcomed guests to the formal reception at the Alliance Française centre in Melbourne. The attendees included :

-  Mr Paul Keating, former Prime Minister of Australia,
-  Ms Myriam Boisvouvier-Wylie, Honorary Consul of Melbourne
-  Ms Agnès Espagne, Economic Advisor to the Embassy of France
-  Mr Adam Buford of Universities Australia
-  Pr Peter Coaldrake, President of ATN
-  Dr Martin Grabert, Director of International Relations for the Group of Eight (Go8)(another university partner to the French-based Formation Continue Education Permanente (FCEP))
-  Mr Michel Clement, CEO of Yarra Trams (Keolis)
-  Mr Gilbert Ducasse, President of the French Alliance in Melbourne
-  Ms Saliha Lefèvre, Director of the Alliance française in Melbourne;
- Several representatives of French companies : Alstom, BNP Paribas, Bureau Veritas, Polyglot Group, Suez Degremont, Thales and Transdev.

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MoU signed by the ATN and the Embassy of France for the French Company Experience Program
Ms Vicki Thomson, Executive Director ATN, Mr John Barnes, DVC and VP International Development RMIT University, Professor Peter Coaldrake, ATN Chair, H.E. Stéphane Romatet, Ambassador of France to Australia, Mr Bruno Gutton Federal President of FACCI

The French Company Experience Program is coordinated by the Embassy of France and designed for Australian students from 13 Australian universities (Go8 and ATN). The Program offers students the opportunity to undertake an internship for 6 or 12 months in a French company that is based in Australia, with half of the placement taking place in Australia and the other half in France. This program aims to promote the opportunity for Australian students to travel to France, to enhance the appeal of France as a destination, and contribute to the development of French companies in Australia, by providing training to future Australian leaders, with the desire to build high-level French-Australian business connections.

For more information about the French Company Experience Program, please refer to the following document

Dernière modification : 17/09/2015

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