Agence universitaire de La Francophonie (AUF)

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Founded 13 Sep 1961, Montréal QC (Canada), as Association des universités partiellement ou entièrement de langue française (AUPELF). 1990, changes to Agence francophone pour l'enseignement supérieur et la recherche (AUPELF-UREF), on modification of the statutes of Association of Wholly or Partially French-Language Universities (AUPELF), as an umbrella organization to unite formally the activities of AUPELF and Université des réseaux d'expression française (UREF), created Dec 1987, Marrakech (Morocco), the two having worked together since the foundation of UREF. Current title adopted by General Assembly, Apr 1998, Beyrouth (Lebanon). Current Statutes adopted by General Assembly, May 2001, Québec QC (Canada).


Offer enhanced success to all university and research students wishing to further their work and French language skills, through improved mobility and access to the Agency's scientific networks; take part in a worldwide science zone capable of levelling out development inequalities between countries.

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Programme (2010-2014) aims to: develop higher education and research institutions; strengthen the French-speaking university community on international science; reinforce individual skills and build towards emergence of a new generation of researchers, experts, teachers and students.

Institutional networks within the framework of AUF (12):

 • Association des facultés ou établissements de lettres et sciences humaines des universités d'expression française (AFELSH);

 • Association pour la promotion de l'enseignement et de la recherche en aménagement et urbanisme (APERAU);

 • Conférence internationale des directeurs et doyens des établissements supérieurs d'expression française des sciences de l'agriculture et de l'alimentation (CIDEFA);

 • Conférence internationale des dirigeants des institutions d'enseignements supérieur de gestion d'expression française (CIDEGEF);

 • Conférence internationale des doyens des facultés de chirurgie dentaire d'expression totalement ou partiellement française (CIDCDF);

 • International Conference of Deans of French-Speaking Faculties of Medicine (CIDMEF);

 • Conférence internationale des facultés de droit ayant en commun l'usage du français (CIFDUF);

 • Conférence internationale des formations d'ingénieurs et de techniciens d'expression française (CITEF);

 • Conférence internationale des responsables des universités et instituts à dominante scientifique et technique d'expression française (CIRUISEF);

 • Conférence internationale des doyens des facultés de pharmacie d'expression française (CIDPHARMEF);

 • Réseau international francophone des établissements de formation de formateurs (RIFEFF);

 • Théophraste Network.

Administrator Network (1):

 • Groupement international des secrétaires généraux des universités francophones (GISGUF).


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Consultative Status

United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) (Ros C); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (Associate Status); United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 5 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 18 non-governmental organizations.
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Subjects *

  • Social Activity
    • Agency
  • Education
    • Universities
  • Language
    • Language Speaking

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality Education



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