Prof Eric Colvin (Head of the School of Law), Prof Ouidad Tebbaa (Regional Director, AUF, Asia-Pacific), Ms Daniela Molnar (French Programme Coordinator), Mr Ruben Markward (Emalus Campus Director) and Dr Carole Wahnoun (Director, Pacific Branch, AUF).
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Emalus Campus in Vanuatu received a delegation from the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) Asia-Pacific Regional Director, Prof Ouidad Tebbaa on 7 March 2019.
Professor Tebbaa was accompanied by Dr Carole Wahnoun, Director of AUF in Vanuatu and the visit was facilitated by Ms Daniela Molnar, French Programme Coordinator at Emalus Campus, who also took the team on a campus tour.
AUF is a network of more than 900 universities world-wide, of which USP became a member in 2004. Currently three USP programmes are taught in French, including two at Emalus Campus, while a fourth one is being developed. In the Pacific, the University of New Caledonia, the University of French Polynesia and the Vanuatu Institute of Teacher Education are also members of AUF.
Mr Ruben Markward, Campus Director welcomed the regional director’s visit and the opportunity to have more concrete discussions and thus strengthen the collaboration between USP and AUF.
Several avenues for collaboration were discussed, such as research projects, exchange programmes, summer schools, MOOC, scholarships and technical assistance.
Professor Eric Colvin, Head of the School of Law, was particularly interested in scholarship opportunities for post-graduate students and staff exchanges within the AUF network, especially with universities which share the common law system.
Prof Tebbaa was pleased to visit the “beautifully landscaped” Emalus Campus and to find out more about USP.
She commended the University on its remarkable advancement in online teaching and its federating role in the Pacific. She further mentioned that the recent signing of a Framework Collaboration Agreement between AUF and the South Pacific Community (SPC), will most certainly involve projects conducted by USP as well.
The team also met with Dr Krishna Kotra, Science Programme Coordinator at Emalus Campus.
This discussion of collaborative working is a welcome sign for USP and AUF where both parties can benefit from one another’s expertise.
A further visit of the AUF Rector, Prof Jean-Paul de Gaudemar, is scheduled in Vanuatu in April.
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