Photo: Ms Michaëlle Jean, General Secretary of La Francophonie.
Following an opening speech by the president of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) Mr Abdellatif Miraoui, the strategy of the AUF for the coming four years was presented. Mr Abdellatif Miraoui and Mr Jean-Paul de Gaudemar, Chancellor of the AUF, described the three major challenges to be addressed by the higher education and research institutions which are members of the network:
- the quality of training, research and governance;
- employabilty and professional integration of graduates;
- local and global development of societies.
This strategy aims to see the emergence in the near future of the “Nouvel Espace Universitaire Francophone” (NEUF), which the AUF proposes to build alongside its member institutions.
On an official visit to Morocco, Ms Michaëlle Jean, General Secretary of La Francophonie, congratulated the AUF on their work. In a video message, Hélène David, Minister of Higher Education in Quebec, underlined the importance of digital technology in the development of the French speaking university network.
Professor David Alis, president of Université de Rennes 1 and professor Pierre van de Weghe, Vice President in charge of International Relations, were present the General Assembly. Université de Rennes 1 has a strong background in cooperation (in research, training and mobility) with French speaking countries around the world.
Rencontre Universitaire Maroc-France
In order to strengthen academic, scientific and institutional cooperation between Morocco and France, the Moroccan and French University Presidents' Conferences (CPU - Conférence des Présidents d'Université) decided to hold a joint meeting “Rencontre Universitaire Maroc-France” on 9th May 2017 in Marrakech, just before the General Assembly of the AUF. A full programme can be found here.
Université de Rennes 1 has a long history with Morocco. The university has 5 cooperation agreements with 5 Moroccan universities to date. Three delocalised training courses in partnership with the IGR - IAE Graduate school of management have strengthened academic ties. Moroccan students represent one of the highest numbers of students on individual mobility at Université de Rennes 1. Teaching mobility is also active with, for example, around 10 lecturers going to either the Institut Supérieur d'Ingenierie de Fès or the Institut Supérieur du Génie Appliquée de Casablanca last year on a teaching mission