Professor Frederick Gravenir, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Research, Innovation and Outreach (Second from the right) with members of staff during the Korean photo exhibition.
The Director of the Korean Language and Culture Centre, Mr. Kim Eungsu, directs members of staff during the Korean photo exhibition on 24 February 2017
Professor Christian Olivier from the Université de la Réunion (facing camera) consults with fellow trainers during the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) – Indian Ocean Regional Postgraduate seminar on 23 February 2017
Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) – Indian Ocean Regional Postgraduate seminar participants take a break during the training
The Departmental French Resource Centre
Members of staff follow proceedings during the official commissioning of the Francophone Digital Centre
The Departmental Japanese Language Laboratory
The Departmental German Resource Centre
Students in a classroom session at the Departmental Korean Language and Culture Centre
One of the postgraduate students presenting her research proposal in one of the language laboratories
Students follow proceedings during the official commissioning of the Francophone Digital Centre that was funded through partnership between Kenyatta University and the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie
Participants in the Regional Graduate seminar pose for a group photograph
The Regional Graduate Seminar in session in the Francophone Digital Centre
The first CNFp steering committee meeting in session at the Digital Centre on 1st February 2017
The CNFp Steering Committee Chairperson, Dr. Milkah Chokah makes her remarks during the official Commissioning of the Francophone Digital Centre
Kenyatta University management led by the acting DVC (Administration) Professor Wangari Mwai (eighth from left) and staff members join guests for a group photo
AUF Indian Ocean Region Director, Mr. Phillipe Bataille (left), Chairman Foreign Languages’ Department, Dr. Vincent Were (centre) and DVC (Administration) Professor Wangari Mwai (right) during the official commissioning of the Digital Centre on 1st February, 2017.
The chief guest, the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie – Indian Ocean Region Director, Mr. Phillipe Bataille and the Linguistic Attaché at the French Embassy in Kenya, Mr. Johann Robinet follow proceedings during the official opening of the Francophone Digital Centre

Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF)

Background
The Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) is an association that brings together about 800 institutions of higher learning and research in more than 100 countries in the world. Kenyatta University became a member of AUF through a partnership agreement signed in 2013. Other than Kenya, other AUF member countries in the Indian Ocean Region include Comoros, India, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Reunion, Seychelles, South Africa and Tanzania. It is worth noting that Kenyatta University is the first university in English speaking eastern Africa region to become a member.
AUF Mission
The AUF supports scientific excellence with a view to fostering societal development and this has been going on for over fifty years that the association has been in existence.
AUF Activities
AUF pursues its mission through the following three main areas of activity:

  1. Coordinating French-speaking academic cooperation worldwide. In so doing, the AUF strengthens academic cooperation between member institutions in a spirit of solidarity, complementarily, and knowledge sharing while respecting cultural and linguistic diversity.
  2. Supporting academic institutions, staff and students by offering services to students, lecturers and researchers including mobility funding, access to on-line degree courses, and support for research projects.
  3. Taking part in international projects alongside major organizations by making its expertise available to development agencies and Francophonie member states. AUF takes a stance on international higher education development issues such as broadening access to academic studies, assessment and ranking of universities, access of women to higher education, and the use of digital technology in educational settings.

Partnership between AUF and Kenyatta University
There has been a close working relationship between Kenyatta University and AUF since the signing of the partnership agreement in 2013. This partnership has led to the setting up of a Francophone partner Digital Centre at the university [Campus Numérique Francophone partenaire in French (CNFp)], hosted by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Graduate School Complex.
The Francophone partner Digital Centre at the university (CNFp)
This centre was officially commissioned by Mr. Phillipe Bataille, the AUF Director, Indian Ocean Region on 1st of February 2017. It serves to support inter-university cooperation through trainings on research using ICT, publication and scientific events as well as mobility of students and lecturers. It is also meant to facilitate digital and scientific opening up of universities as well as strengthening graduate schools. The first activity hosted by the centre was the AUF Regional Graduate School seminar held from 20th to 24th February 2017. Participants in this training were from India, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Kenya Reunion and South Africa. Upcoming activities include post graduate students’ training on research, teacher training workshops among others.
The centre is open to all students, teachers and researchers both in French and other disciplines offered by institutions of higher learning in the region.

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