SVA welcomes a number of exchange students from overseas every year, and now one group is set to grow significantly: students from France. The College is one of just five U.S. schools chosen to participate in a new program of the Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Foundation, the organization set up by the wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy to facilitate access to culture, education and knowledge in order to fight social inequality. Starting with the 2010-11 academic year, SVA would host students from the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, which was founded in the 18th century and today occupies a space designed by Philippe Starck. The program would provide transportation, tuition and housing to some 20 students from Paris and an equal number from New York, for a semester abroad.
The French President and First Lady were in New York City recently to announce the initiative, before traveling to Washington for a private dinner with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. “I like the fact that we can have a link through art,” Madame Sarkozy told Forbes magazine during her whirlwind visit to the U.S., which made news in The New Yorker, The Art Newspaper and ArtInfo.com. Click here to watch the video report on Forbes.com.
Image: Carla Bruni-Sarkozy being interviewed on the Forbes.com Video Network.