Association des universités partiellement ou entièrement de langue française (AUPELF)

Association of Wholly or Partially French-Language Universities

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13 Sep 1961, Montréal (Canada). Registered in accordance with the law of the Province of Québec (Canada). Since 1987, combined with Université des réseaux d'expression française (UREF) in Agence universitaire de La Francophonie (AUF), formally instituted as 'AUPELF-UREF'.


Encourage and help universities and institutions of higher education to make joint studies, and to take or recommend to governments any appropriate measures to ensure effective cooperation in the interest of studies and the advancement of science.

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are grouped in 4 sectors: 'Life of the Association' - aimed at reinforcing cooperation among heads of higher educational establishments. 'Modernity and Excellence' - favourizing the development of current scientific disciplines. 'Co-Development' - to intensify exchanges of teachers and researchers, bringing to the fore scientific and technical networks and supporting higher education and training in development. In this respect maintains, since 1987, UREF, which organizes networks of researchers, teams, laboratories, institutions, universities and schools, grouped by subject area and is financed by Summits of Heads of State or Governments using the French language. 'French Studies and Cultural Dialogue' - promoting the different cultural and linguistic arenas in the world-wide network of departments of French studies. These activities are achieved through three means: researchers and teachers; associations; university networks. Centralizes requests for information. Organizes symposia, colloquia, round tables and enquiries on subjects such as: university libraries; assimilation of foreign students; translation and terminology; technology transfer; the media and education; language and development; women and universities; food and agriculture; science and health. Major topics include: continuing education; education and technology; adaptation of higher education to the needs of its environment. Further education and refresher courses organized with CREIPAC. Contributes equipment to newly-founded member universities. Since 1967 maintains Fonds universitaire de coopération et de développement. Special information and liaison service set up in 1972 for the benefit of departments and centres for French studies in non-francophone universities. Set up, 29 Mar 1978, Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire), Conférence des recteurs des universités francophones d'Afrique et de l'Océan indien (CRUFAOCI). Also instrumental in setting up: International Association of Schools of Information Science (AIESI); Centre of International Cultural and Linguistic Exchanges in the Pacific (CREIPAC); Fondation internationale de l'enseignement supérieur et de la recherche (FIESR). Includes the work of the former International Association of French-Language University Presses (AIPULF), set up 1974.


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Consultative Status

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) (Liaison Status).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 7 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 25 non-governmental organizations.
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Information Services

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Members in 43 countries
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Subjects *

  • Education
    • Secondary and Higher Education
    • Universities
  • Language
    • Language Speaking

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality Education



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