Oct. 2019 / University of Tomorrow and la Francophonie [en]
University of Tomorrow and la Francophonie : networking on shared values and objectives
One year ago, at the Yerevan summit, Ireland joined the Organisation Internationale de La Francophonie and defined as priorities the promotion of French language and relations with French speaking countries, especially in higher education and research.
This first anniversary will be celebrated with the visit of the the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie in Ireland, inviting all higher education institutions to discuss ways in which la Francophonie can play a part in their international strategy and future network developments.
This event is organised jointly by the Embassy of France in Dublin, the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), Trinity College Dublin and the Irish Universities Association (IUA) at Trinity’s Regents House on Friday 11 October 2019.
9.20-9.50 : Welcoming addresses
- Patrick Prendergast (President & Provost - Trinity College Dublin)
- HE Aikatereni Simopoulou (Ambassador of Greece to Ireland, representing the OIF member states)
- Jean-Paul de Gaudemar (Recteur - AUF)
- Representative of the DFAT (tbc)
9.50-10.30 : International strategies and networks
- Martin Howard (Head, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures - UCC)
- Juliette Hussey (Vice-Provost for Global Relations - Trinity College Dublin)
- Daire Keogh (Deputy President - DCU)
- HE Rory Montgomery (formerly Second Secretary General - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Irish Ambassador to France)
- Brian O’Neill (Director of Research, Enterprise and Innovation Services - TUDublin)
- Becky Whay (Vice President for International Affairs - NUI Galway - tbc)
- Representative from UCD
10.30-11.10 : Sustainable and competitive university systems for tomorrow
- Malcolm Byrne (Head of Communications - HEA)
- Philipp Nolan (President - Maynooth University)
- Nadine Thézé-Thiébaud (Membre du conseil scientifique - AUF)
11.10-11.30 : Coffee break
11.30-12.10 : Reaching out beyond traditional audiences and needs
- Joseph Roche ( Assistant Professor in Science Education - Science Gallery)
- Ciprian Mihali (Regional Director for Western Europe - AUF)
- Sonia Dubourg Lavroff (Inspectrice Générale - IGAENR)
12.10-12.30 : Closing intervention
12.30 : Networking Lunch
2-4pm : Networking session with the AUF - Projects and initiatives
- Ciprian Mihali will be available to answer questions, discuss the strategy, initiatives and projects of the AUF as well as the challenges of the Irish academic community
The event is open to all higher education institutions, faculty and staff, registration is compulsory on Eventbrite. Register now
The AUF is an international association that was founded almost 60 years ago. Its members are French-speaking universities, grandes écoles, academic networks and research centres all over the world. With a network of 944 members in 116 countries, including nearly 300 in Africa, it is one of the largest higher education and research organisations in the world.
The AUF’s missions are to promote solidarity and cooperation among French-language universities for the economic, social and cultural development and to help higher education and research institutions address three major challenges : the quality of education, research and governance ; the professional integration and employability of graduates ; and the full involvement of these institutions in the overall development of societies.
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