FRANCE CALLS FOR MORE ACADEMIC EXCHANGES IN PACIFIC

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 26, 2002 – Radio Australia)---The French government says there should be more academic exchanges between the Suva-based regional University of the South Pacific and universities in the French Pacific territories.

French Ambassador Jean-Pierre Vidon made the comment while presenting US$ 190,435 in financial support to USP in Suva.

The funds will be used to pursue a number of collaborative research projects as well as improve the university’s physical facilities.

The French financial support for USP for 2002 includes postgraduate scholarships, training and visits to French research centers and universities.

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