Our identity: Association of higher education and research institutions and operator of the Francophonie university
The Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) gathers more than 1000 universities, grandes écoles, university networks and scientific research centres using the French language in 115 countries. Created 60 years ago, it is one of the largest associations of higher education and research institutions in the world. It is also the operator for higher education and research of the Francophonie Summit. As such, it implements, within its field of competence, the resolutions adopted by the Conference of Heads of State and Government of countries sharing the French language.
Our mission: To act for a university Francophonie committed to development
In the respect of the diversity of cultures and languages, the AUF acts for a university francophonie engaged in the economic, social and cultural development of societies.
Our method: Structuring projects for a concrete improvement of the higher education
The AUF favours the solidarity between the institutions of higher education and research for the installation of projects which concretely transform the university system. It associates with numerous partners: private companies and their foundations, States and governments, national agencies of aid to the development, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and university, scientific and cultural associations. Its teams around the world provide support and advice for the design and monitoring of projects, and facilitate the sharing of good practice, expertise and innovation.
Our presence: All over the world, close to our member institutions
Present in 40 countries, the AUF has a network of 59 local representations. Its central services are divided between Montreal and Paris (France). Ten regional offices lead its actions in the field in Central Africa and the Great Lakes, in West Africa, in the Americas, in Asia-Pacific, in the Caribbean, in Central and Eastern Europe, in Western Europe, in North Africa, in the Middle East and in the Indian Ocean.
Seven administrative offices, 36 Francophone digital campuses and four Francophone institutes dedicated to training, research, advice and expertise complete this regional intervention system.