Université des réseaux d'expression française (UREF)

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Dec 1987, Marrakech (Morocco), at General Assembly of Association of Wholly or Partially French-Language Universities (AUPELF), a project with the title Université de la francophonie (UPELF) having existed since Sep 1986, following 1st Conférence au sommet des chefs d'Etat et de gouvernement des pays ayant le français en partage (Sommet de la Francophonie) in Paris (France). Since 1990, comprises, together with AUPELF, Fondation internationale de l'enseignement supérieur et de la recherche (FIESR) and Réseau des universités, centres et instituts francophones internationaux, the umbrella organization 'AUPELF-UREF', currently Agence universitaire de La Francophonie (AUF). UREF itself is sometimes also referred to as AUPELF-UREF. Merged into AUF in Apr 1998.


Instigate contacts and exchange among member universities of AUPELF, and also with other agencies concerned with development, language, science, culture and communications, particularly in the fields of research and training. Expand and, where necessary, create French-speaking academic networks among: institutions; training establishments, laboratories and research centres; universities working in the same fields of cultural, scientific or technical research; teachers and researchers in the same discipline or training sector. Ensure cooperation in development among French-speaking countries of North and South.

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'Thematic research networks - Réseaux thématiques de recherches (RTR)': AIDS; paludism; biotechnology (plant genetics); teledetection; French literature; entrepreneurship; animal biotechnology; demography; French and other languages in the French-speaking world; lexicology, terminology and translation; environmental law; fundamental rights; economic analysis and development; culture, language and development; socio-linguistics and the dynamics of language; law of cultural establishments. Currently being set up: molecular biology applied to parasitosis; plant biotechnology; teledetection; together with networks in journalism and educational science sectors. Planned for the future: business law; international trade law. 'Specific networks' (3): science of drought; improvement of post-harvest systems; environment.

Organizes exchange programmes and grants for students and researchers, including: inter-university agreement to allow students to spend part of their course in a university outside their country of origin; agreement with companies to allow part of a student's course to be within a company. Sets up points of excellence and regional centres, including: Institut francophone pour le développement intégré du Sahel (IDIS). Creates links among universities with priority for francophone development training. Organizes training courses, seminars and study days.


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  • Education
    • Universities
  • Language
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