The Bahraini Ambassador to France, HE Dr. Nasser Al-Belooshi received at his office in Paris the Director of the Crown Prince’s International Scholarship Program (CPISP) Dr. Cynthia Gessling and CPISP officials to review the latest CPISP developments, scholar achievements, and explore educational opportunities available at French universities and academic institutions in France.
HE Dr. Nasser affirmed the importance of strengthening educational and cultural ties between academic institutions and educational programs between the two countries. He went on to praise the caliber of CPISP scholars, and commended the vision of HRH the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander, and First Deputy Prime Minister Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa aimed at developing the abilities and talents of outstanding Bahraini youth by launching educational and training programs that allow students to attain university degrees from world renowned universities and gain international cultural exposure. HE the Ambassador also went on to praise the culture and quality of higher education in France and said the French academic system requires a strong command of the French language. He noted that students interested in pursuing their university in studies in France should study French for at least one year before applying to university, and that they could develop their French language skills at various institutions in Bahrain, in addition to foundation programs at French universities and educational institutions in France.
From her side, the CPISP Director thanked the Ambassador for meeting with her to review the Program’s latest developments, and praised the Embassy’s efforts in promoting ties of cooperation between Bahrain and France. Dr. Gessling affirmed that three students had attained their Masters’ degrees from French universities, and that one CPISP scholar was currently completing her Master’s degree at The University of Paris 1- Pantheon – Sorbonne in France. She also affirmed the importance of enhancing international educational cooperation and cultural exchange in order to benefit outstanding students and prepare them for the future at an international level.
The CPISP Director also met with Assistant to the Permanent Delegate for Bahrain at UNESCO and Cultural Advisor Ms. Farida Ali Murad at her office at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. Dr. Gessling briefed Ms. Murad on the Program’s mission and objectives, and provided her with information on CPISP scholars studying in France. Ms. Murad went on to affirm that there were numerous Bahraini students studying in France, and praised the long-standing ties of cooperation between the two countries.
Present at both meetings were CPISP Head of Administrative, Financial, and Student Affairs Ms. Shatha Ahmed Ali, and CPISP Head of PR and Media Ms. Esmat Ahmed.