AAU hosted Regional Meeting of the French Studies’ Departments 

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The French Program Unit of the AAU hosted its first annual regional meeting of French Studies’ Departments at the AAU Senate Hall on November 13-14, 2017.

Addis Ababa University’s affiliation with the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) since December 8, 2016 enabled the university host this regional meeting.

The Middle East Management of the AUF, the Cooperation and Cultural Action Department at the French Embassy in Addis Ababa (SCAC) and Addis Ababa University (AAU) represented by the French Unit of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature, together organized a meeting followed by a one day workshop of the Heads of French studies’ Departments in the Horn of Africa.

Yeshi Gebremedhin (Ph.D.) of AAU’s French Department stated that this meeting is a continuation of previous meetings of the French studies’ Departments in the Universities of the Horn of Africa and aims at supporting and strengthening the French studies’ Departments and language centers in their training and research activities.


Heads of French language centers, heads of French departments in Ethiopian universities (AAU and Haromaya) as well as in universities in Djibouti, Sudan, Lebanon and United Arab Emirates were in attendance.

All in all, 26 participants took part in this workshop which included training and experience sharing. The workshop wrapped up by establishing joint projects for further training and research activities.