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Fiji, French Polynesia Sign Educational Exchange Agreement
French embassy to provide $30,000 in first year of exchange

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Nov. 13, 2012) – The French Embassy in Fiji says a new exchange agreement between the Fiji National University and a tertiary institute in French Polynesia will strengthen reciprocity and build the capacity of teachers.

The Fiji National University has signed a deal with the Tahiti Tourism Institute that will enable cooking teachers and academics from both countries to conduct exchanges.

A spokesman for the French Embassy in Suva, Denis Decraene, says the Embassy is helping fund the initiative and expects it to be a boost for academics from the Fiji National University.

"It’s a special memorandum to support in particular, the reciprocity, to strengthen the capacity of the teachers from the University of FNU, at first that’s a priority as a request from FNU."

Denis Decraene says the French Embassy will provide about 30,000 U.S. dollars in the first year of the exchange agreement.

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