Partnership with the AUF

Partnership with the Agence universitaire de la francophonie (AUF)

The AUF currently involves seven hundred and eighty institutions in close to ninety countries. Its mission is to foster ties between French-speaking universities of the North and South in order to promote solidary sustainable develop-ment.
It has set up "digital campuses" in about forty universities of the South, consisting of rooms equipped with computers and video-conferencing systems, with free access to digitized resources and remote training programmes.
In 2009, the Collège de France and the AUF initiated a partner­ship to disseminate the teaching of the "Knowledge against Poverty" and "Sustainable Development" Chairs in French-speaking countries of the South that are particular-ly concerned by these themes. A few days after their Inaugural Lecture, the holders of these Annual Chairs are invited to debate via video-conference with researchers, students, and development stakeholders, who are specially gathe­red specially on the digital campuses of the AUF. The audiences will have viewed the Inaugural Lecture before-hand and debated on it internally. The video-conferences then provide them with an opportunity to communicate with the professors, ask them questions and share their local experiences. Each video-conference involves six or seven digital campuses.
The French Development Agency, which supports the "Knowledge against Poverty" Chair, is closely associated to this project. Five video-conferences have already been ­organi­zed. In 2011/2012, the Universities of Alexandria (Egypt), Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Niamey (Niger), N'Djamena (Chad), Bamako (Mali), Dakar (Senegal), Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire), and Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo) took part in the video-conference of Ismail Serageldin (Chair of Knowledge against Poverty, 2010/2011) and the Universities of Hanoi, Danang (Vietnam) and Vientane (Laos) took part in that of Jean-Marie Tarascon (Chair of Sustainable Development, 2010/2011).