French President Emmanuel Macron is set to announce the launch of a study abroad programme for students from France and the United Kingdom in the coming months.
The programme will be offered by universities and universities affiliated to the European Commission, and will include a variety of different programmes.
The program will aim to provide a flexible learning environment for students with a wide range of interests, as well as providing opportunities to further explore and broaden their knowledge.
The initiative is expected to take place in the next two years, as Macron prepares to step down as president.
Macron has been a vocal supporter of research and learning abroad, especially after France’s participation in the Paris climate agreement.
The French president has long pushed for more open, competitive and innovative research and education systems.
According to a report from the French government, the French Research Council, an organisation which is the country’s research and development body, expects the programme to generate €12.8 billion ($14.2 billion) for France by 2020.
In 2017, the government also announced a €2 billion investment in research and training for science and technology.
France also leads the world in research spending, having spent €6.4 billion ($6.8 million) in 2016, according to the World Economic Forum.
Macron also recently announced that he would launch a €1.8bn research fund, aimed at creating jobs for French scientists and engineers.