International mobility programs
CDEFI is the financial operator of several international programs that are financed by the Minstry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research on the French side, and by the ministries of the countries involved.
CDEFI also provides grants and assistance for a tutoring program involving engineering students from the Dominican Republic and Colombia.
The FITEC programs help implementing engineering education related projects in collaboration with foreign universities and building close ties with these institutions while promoting the mobility of students and teachers.
Each program is managed by a joint steering committee associating France and the various countries involved. These committees define the objectives and procedures regarding the program's implementation and the launch of calls for projects.
In each country, partnerships may involve the higher education institution in charge of the project, as well as other associated engineering education institutions, thus creating networks.
Encouraging cooperation, the FITEC programs help developing and consolidating the international students welcome programs in French engineering schools.
A demonstration of FITEC programs' success can be found in the annual projects holders meetings that take place during the three programs' forums.
Every year, these forums are conducted both in France and abroad and enable partners to meet, discuss on projects status, share good practice, develop new projects and grow partnership networks.
The BRAFITEC program (BRAsil France Ingénieurs TEChnologie)
In 2002-2003, the Brazilian institution Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES, "Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel"), the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research launched the BRAFITEC program, with the support of CDEFI.
The BRAFITEC program enables French engineering schools and Brazilian universities to establish agreements for scientific collaborations and students and teachers exchanges in the fields of engineering.
The BRAFITEC program promotes:
- international exchanges of engineering students (graduação engineering students in Brazil and students from accredited schools of engineering in France) ;
- international exchanges of teachers-researchers involved in the engineering field ;
- meetings between the members of partner institutions ;
Currently, the BRAFITEC partnership program involves more than 50 Brazilian universities and about a hundred French schools of engineering.
It has been recognized as a key program in the scientific and technical cooperation between France and Brazil, and led to the creation of similar exchange programs with other Latin Amercia countries.
The ARFITEC program (ARgentine France Ingénieurs TEChnologie)
The ARFITEC program involves academic cooperation projects that are developed by both French and Argentinian higher engineering education institutions.
The ARFITEC program is managed by a Franco-Argentinian joint steering committee, in which both countries' authorities are represented. In Argentina, the program is implemented by the Ministry of Education and Sports and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. In France, this role is held by the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, with the support of the Embassy of France in Argentina and of CDEFI.
The MEXFITEC program (MEXique France Ingénieurs TEChnologie)
The MEXFITEC program was created on June 5, 2008, after the representants of the French and Mexican governments signed a cooperation agreement in Mexico.
The MEXFITEC program aims at promoting bilateral cooperation projects in enginnering education through bilateral students and teachers exchanges. The objective is to elaborate comparative studies and evaluations for engineering programs and teaching methods in both countries.
In Mexico, the program is implemented by the Ministry of Public Education and the Secretary of Higher Education. In France, MEXFITEC is handled by the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (through the Directorate-General for Globalization, Culture, Education and International Development) and the Ministry of Higher Education and Research (through the Delegation for European and International Relations and Cooperation), with the support of CDEFI.