On 13th and 14th October 2016, Professor Pierre van de Weghe (Vice President in charge of international relations) and Dr. Annie Soriot (Director of the International Affairs Department) were able to meet the first students of the French-Azerbaijani University (UFAZ), as well as lecturers and the project coordinator Charlotte Payen. A meeting also took place with Her Excellency Ambassador Aurélia Bouchez in order to discuss the project which was initiated and backed by the presidents of the French Republic and the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Hervé Sarnelli (Economic Advisor, Head of the Economic department for South Caucasia and Turkmenistan), Johan Schitterer (Cooperation and Cultural Affairs Advisor), Professor Pierre van de Weghe, Her Excellency Ambassador Aurélia Bouchez, Dr. Annie Soriot, Charlotte Payen.
A joint project
The UFAZ was inaugurated in September during a ceremony presided over by the Republic of Azerbaijan Education Minister Mr Mikayil Jabbarov. This new university is destined to be Caucasia’s European university where Azerbaijanis and French scientists teach Azerbaijanis students in English and in French, and over time, to students throughout the region.
This project, initiated and backed by the presidents of the French Republic and the Republic of Azerbaijan, and coordinated by Université de Strasbourg (Unistra) and the Azerbaijan State Oil and Industry University (ASOIU), marks a new era in the development of relations between the two countries.
The university is the extension of an already strong scientific and technological collaboration between Azerbaijan and France, and will be beneficial for both countries.
Studying at the UFAZ
Courses at the UFAZ, which will be taught in French and English, are primarily aimed at Azerbaijani students with a scientific background who have passed the national entrance exam. Particular emphasis will be put on the fields of science and new technologies, preparing highly-trained specialists who could contribute to Azerbaijan’s social and economic development.
Some double degrees (French and Azerbaijanis) are available in the following subjects:
- Chemical engineering (Université de Strasbourg / ASOIU)
- Computer science (Université de Strasbourg / ASOIU)
- Geophysics (Université de Strasbourg / ASOIU)
- Instrumentation for Oil Exploration and Exploitation (Université de Rennes 1 / ASOIU)
The role of Université de Rennes 1
Université de Rennes 1 will be involved in training in the field of oil exploration and exploitation. Azerbaijan has an important energy industry with significant oil and gas production. This industry is strategic for a country which lies between Europe and Asia.
UFAZ 2016 / 2017 in figures
- 141 students were selected from 310 candidates after an entrance exam organised on 27th July 2016 in Baku.
- 4 academic fields: 34 students enrolled in Chemical engineering (ASOIU / Unistra), 34 enrolled in Computer science (ASOIU / Unistra), 35 enrolled in Geophysical engineering (ASOIU / Unistra) and 38 enrolled in Oil exploration and exploitation (ASOIU / Université de Rennes 1).
- 118 students with places funded by the Republic of Azerbaijan government throughout their four year bachelor’s degree and 23 fee-paying students.
- 15 lecturers including 2 permanent professors seconded by Université de Strasbourg and 13 part-time local professors.
- 5 full-time members of administrative staff including a director, a general secretary, an accountant, a human resources manager and a registrar.
An article about the UFAZ in russian can be found here.