HE the French Ambassador to Bahrain Christian Testot praised the efforts of the Crown Prince’s Crown Prince’s International Scholarship Program (CPISP) in providing outstanding Bahraini students the opportunity to study at top universities and gain international cultural exposure. He also praised 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 talents and abilities of Bahraini youth through training and educational programs. HE Mr. Testot also hailed the relations between the Kingdom of Bahrain and France and stressed the importance of strengthening cooperation in culture and education.
HE the Ambassador made these remarks during his meeting with CPISP Director Dr. Cynthia Gessling at the Court of the Crown Prince to review the latest CPISP developments and explore educational opportunities at French universities for Bahraini students. Dr. Gessling affirmed that the Program gives its scholars the opportunity to choose their university and country of study so that they receive international cultural exposure. Dr. Gessling praised France’s educational system and culture, and affirmed 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.
HE Mr. Testot underlined that the French academic system requires a sound grasp of the French language. He added that the French Embassy would gladly provide some suitable support courses at the Alliance Francaise of Bahrain. He also called on Bahraini students interested in pursuing university degrees in France to contact the French Embassy for further details and guidance on how to prepare for studying in France and choosing the right university and field of study that will further their careers. He also noted that higher education in France is based on principals of independent learning, critical thinking, and analytical reasoning, and places the responsibility on the student to complete the requirements of their degree.
Present at the meeting were the French Advisor for Culture and Cooperation Mr. Cedric Devais, CPISP UK Higher Education Advisor Mrs. Ava Garbutt, and CPISP Head of PR and Media Ms. Esmat Ahmed.