The French embassy celebrated the Lahore Chapter of Alumni Day on Sunday with an aim to increase the number of scholarships for Pakistani students who wanted to study in France.
The event was attended by Deputy Ambassador Embassy of France, Higher Education and Scientific Attaché Sabine Vermillard, Honorary Consul of France Lahore Habib Anwar, former Education Minister Punjab Mian Imran Masood, former School Education Minister Rana Mashood, Principal Kinnaird College for Women (KCW) Dr Rukhsana David and other were present on occasion.
Alumni Day is an important event celebrated around the world to gather and reconnect hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world who obtained higher education and professional training from French universities.
The event was organized by the French Embassy, Campus France Pakistan, and France Alumni Pakistan who invited Alumni who were part of their higher education and professional training in France to meet each other and with Embassy representatives and companies.
Higher Education and Scientific Attaché Sabine Vermillard introduced the France alumni network, explaining the new dynamics of the program. “Such events provide alumni to get in touch with each other, remember the time spent at their respective universities and share with others,” she explained.
She said that there is massive potential in France for Pakistani students and there are numerous scholarships available that should be availed by them. She said that for the last few years, especially since COVID the number of Pakistani students has decreased in France but now we are focusing on them to get admitted there.
Mian Imran Masood said that he was one of the few people who studied in France in the 1990s when most people usually chose the UK, USA and other countries. He added that youth in Pakistan are very much interested in studying in universities in the UK but they are not very much known about the rankings, and quality of education of French universities. He also suggested regular meetups of alumni to attract more students in France.