Inaugurating the Avinashilingam Centre for International Education (ACIE) on Wednesday, Eric Perrotel, attaché for cooperation in the French language in Chennai, urged students to develop multilingual skills.
Highlighting the significance of French as a global language, Perrotel said ACIE will act as a liaison between Indian and international culture. “Students should see international mobility not only as a matter of learning the language but also a way to discover another culture.
They need not be fluent in European languages to study in Europe, particularly in France. Most of the programmes are taught in English. Studying in overseas countries is much easy with scholarship these days,” he said. “As many as 1,000 French companies are based in India and they look for Indian students who had an experience in France.”
The centre, launched on the occasion of International Students’ Day, will facilitate networking with overseas institutions to have collaborative students exchange programmes, a university representative said. It will create research opportunities for students and teachers, besides offering diplomas, certificates and short-term courses.
ACIE will shine as a centre for students to develop their skills, adapt to multiculturalism and multiple languages and add values in the direction of research & development and employment opportunities, said chief guest of the event Archana Thakur, joint secretary of the University Grants Commission.
Benefits of multilingualism practices in education include the creation and appreciation of cultural awareness, adding academic and educational value, enhancing creativity and an adjustment to society.
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