Nov 2015 / First French-Irish Forum on culinary arts, hospitality management and tourism organised
The French Embassy organised a French-Irish forum on Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management and Tourism on 23th and 24th November. The Dublin forum was jointly organised by the Embassy of France and Dublin Institute of Technology in partnership with Higher Education Authority and Campus France.
Following the signing of the Campus France / Higher Education Authority (HEA) agreement in April, French and Irish establishments have expressed interest for a further Franco-Irish cooperation in terms of student exchange, internships and trainings, in particular within the framework of the Erasmus+ scheme.
More than 70 people attended this launch forum: 35 French participants, representing 21 French Higher education institutions were in Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) to cooperate with Irish partners.
After the opening addresses on Monday morning by John O’Connor (Dean and Director of Arts and Tourism, DIT), Jean-Pierre Thébault (Ambassador of France in Ireland), Gerry O’Sullivan (Head of International Programmes, HEA) and Olivier Chiche-Portiche (Director of the Marketing and Mobility Department, Campus France); introductions to the Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management and Tourism trainings systems in France and in Ireland were presented to the participants.
On Monday afternoon, a networking session was organised, followed by a presentation of European funding (Erasmus+) available in these fields. A particular focus on internships was then made with testimonials and good practices.
On Monday evening, a series of conferences took place in DIT followed by a reception for the French and Irish participants and partners (click here).
The second day was the opportunity to discuss with professional associations (Eurotoques, Restaurants Association Ireland, AFLTYH…) and restaurants about training needs. Round-tables with topics such as law about internships, degrees’ equivalency, partnerships with higher education institutions and professional were debated. The DIT presented its Erasmus Mundus joint Master degree in Food Innovation and Product Design to give an example of what could be done.
On Tuesday afternoon, a visit of the future DIT Campus in Grangegorman (1.5bn€ campus) took place. Before a wine farewell reception, a workshop for Phd students and participants was led by Hervé This.
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