Last October, OFII’s representation in Mali, which also covers Côte d’Ivoire, participated in the round table “Studies in France, careers in Côte d’Ivoire”, organized by Campus France, within the framework of French Higher Education. Right.
By video conference, from Bamako, OFII presented assistance for the reintegration of students who return to the country after their studies.
On the ground, one of OFII’s partner operators in Côte d’Ivoire and two former students benefiting from OFII’s assistance then gave their testimony.
The OFII reintegration assistance program for Ivorian students is basically divided into 2 levels:
- Employment and vocational training: help finding a job, writing a curriculum vitae, financing part of the training or a year’s salary.
- Business creation: financial support and accompaniment in business creation. Projects for access to employment or business creation must be certified by the selection committee in the country of origin.
Interested students can contact the OFII territorial office near their home in France (Where to find us).
The OFII reintegration assistance program makes it possible to strengthen the attractiveness of the French higher education offer for African students, and this is why Campus France links the OFII representation in Mali with its visibility actions.
This round table allowed Campus France to highlight the “France alumni” initiative, which consists of networking and promoting the careers of former students in France in their country of origin.
This initiative is of interest to OFII because it promotes its system and responds to an objective of the OFII/RRF project aimed at consolidating ties with the diaspora.
The OFII project/Return and Reintegration Instrument (RRF) is funded and implemented by the International Center for Migration Policy Development in the countries covered by the OFII delegations in Senegal, Mali, Armenia and Cameroon.
It aims to increase the sustainability of return and reintegration of migrants benefiting from OFII reintegration assistance. Activities mainly consist of developing connections with the diaspora, identifying innovative and complementary integration levers in the existing reintegration system and strengthening relations with development actors.
The presence of OFII representation was therefore very important during this fair organized for the first time in Côte d’Ivoire since the Covid-19 health crisis and which was a real success, in fact it welcomed more than 10,000 visitors in person and online .