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Minister Harris welcomes new agreement between Ireland and France in the Culinary Arts, Hotel and Tourism sector

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has today welcomed a new agreement between Ireland and France in the Culinary Arts, Hotel and Tourism sector.

The agreement will allow for student exchange in the area of tourism and related sectors such as culinary arts and hospitality.

Students will use the Erasmus+ programme and will receive credits (ECTS) towards their qualifications for time spent studying or working abroad.

HE Vincent Guerend, French Ambassador to Ireland and HE Patricia O’Brien, Irish Ambassador to France, were both present to welcome the signing of the new framework agreement and expressed their support for the efforts by all of those involved in the network to build on the historic links between our two countries.

Speaking at the event today, Minister Harris said:

"Ireland and France share international reputations for the excellence of our food, the quality of our produce, and for our hospitality. These industries have struggled during COVID-19, and have demonstrated remarkable resilience and innovation, in adapting to changed circumstances.

"Recovery will be a European project, and, today’s event is an opportunity to celebrate the spirit of European collaboration and mutual support -which will be one of the most important engines of that recovery.

"I am very happy that this collaboration, built on shared expertise across further and higher education, will continue into the future, as we move closer and forge strong new links across education, skills, research and innovation with France."

The agreement between the Higher Education Authority and Agence Campus France, Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI) will today be renewed and our Enterprise and Training Boards and the Association Française des Lycées de l’Hôtellerie et du Tourisme (AFLYTH) will be added to the agreement. The agreement will last from 2021-2027.

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