Through its President, the CGE has given its views on the global evolution of the higher education market and on the considerable increase in international students' potential for mobility.
For many years, the Grandes Écoles have integrated the international dimension in their teaching and operations. The CGE supports them in this evolution in collaboration with the bodies involved in international relations.
The CGE's international strategy consists in:
- Working out its activities in an International Relations Committee, which is itself sub-divided into geographical groups responsible for relations with a specific zone
- Signing cooperation agreements with foreign partners (conferences of rectors or education institutions), which generally aim to encourage exchanges of students and professors or research collaborations
- Acting as an interface between ministries, embassies and schools: relaying information on requests for projects and international or intergovernmental programmes
- Coordinating projects
- Participating in bodies responsible for France's international development: CampusFrance, joint committees of the Ministry for Foreign and European Affairs, CEF (Centres for Studies in France) hub, Université franco-italienne (UFI), Office Méditerranéen de la Jeunesse (OMJ) and the Eiffel Scholarship selection panel
- Participating in work on recognition of diplomas, one aspect of which is the promotion of the post-master Master's degree outside of France
- Hosting foreign delegations
- Sending experts abroad on various assignments, such as participation in higher education reforms and scholarship selection panels
- Monitoring the international development of its member schools: conducting a biannual survey of student mobility
- Developing international research, through the ARIEL association responsible for setting up joint research projects involving higher education institutions, companies and PhD students from France and abroad
- Giving foreign higher education institutions the possibility to join the CGE (there are 14 foreign members)