Co-operation and Cultural Policy

The Pacific world now occupies a specific and coherent space for higher studies and research. Apart from progress in scientific studies with regard to the Pacific environment and cultures, we assist with development, within the Pacific, from exchanges involving students, teachers and experts, from the numerous conferences, seminars and research and development projects as well as the creation of new university and research centres.

Within this framework, the French Embassy in Suva’s mission, in line with its priorities and means available, consists of facilitating, encouraging, even creating exhanges on larger scales to try to draw together the Anglophone world with French potential, in particular that of New Caledonia and French Polynesia.

SCIENTIFIC PRIORITIES

Taking into account the Pacific world’s own needs in terms of the protection of its environment as well as its economic and social development as well as the projects run by other funding institutions within the region, States, international organisations and non-governmental organisations, the French Embassy having consulted the totality of partners, has decided to undertake priority areas of action.

Thus from 2007, projects for consideration will be those which contribute to the promotion of marine, island and coastal diversity, whether it involves protection of the environment or the better adaptation of human activities therein. Parallel to this, the Embassy will endeavour to contribute to the development of prevention of sanitary risks and medical expertise as well as the training of engineers.

Priority areas will now be in the field of social and human sciences, economic sciences and management studies, political science studies and media studies.

MEANS

Grants: in order to encourage exchanges and research and development projects, the French Embassy will utilise funds available from its budget or mobilise funding from international and regional sponsors, notably the Economic, Social and Cultural Pacific Fund, known as the Pacific Fund. Among the request for grants, which must correspond to the priorities of the Embassy, also considered as a priority are those projects which serve to draw funding from different financing sources.

Student scholarships: the French Embassy will be granting study scholarships, unfortunately in a reduced capacity due to the cost involved, for studies to be undertaken in France, New Caledonia and French Polynesia. Although the Embassy will endeavour to respond as quickly as possible to all applications, from 2007 only candidates applying for Masters studies and whose applications will be referred by one or more supervisors, and whose application correspond to the priorites of the Embassy, will be considered. For those who selecte New Caledonia or French Polynesia a French language course might be envisaged. For more information, obtain advice and seek contact from the Embassy and/or a new Alumni Association which is to be created by the first trimester of 2008. Also available will be directory of former French government scholarship students who studies in France or in the Pacific.

PARTNERS

For university cooperation and research, the usual partners in Fiji of the French Embassy, are the University of the South Pacific - USP, which also has a centre in the West; in New Caledonia the UNC, the Institute of Research for Development - IRD, the Agronomy Institute of New Caledonia-IAC, the French Institute for Research of the Sea - IFREMER, the Pasteur Institute of New Caledonia and in French Polynesia and the University of French Polynesia - UPF.

The majority of projects supported by the Embassy equally involve French establishments, notably Paris IV Sorbonne, or the universities of the Pacific (Australian National University, University of Canberra and the University of Auckland. Note the role of the East West Centre at the University of Hawaii where a French university correspondent is prepared to establish a link with the university network and American research (Frederic.bessat@paris4.sorbonne.fr).

A number of other partners are also involved, on a case by case basis with our projects. Examples are the SOPAC, a regional organisation in charge of the protection of the environment, the regional office of the WHO in relation to health matters. For questions relating to energy there is ADEME as well as TRANSENERGIE and VERGNET PACIFIC.

Published on 31/10/2007

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