Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) is a multilateral association of approximately 700 tertiary education institutions in 81 countries spread throughout the world. AUF endeavours to contribute to development through respect for cultural variety and action guided by the tri-partite mission of the university: learning, research and servicein the community.

With nine regional offices, AUF is present on every continent, with more than 420 agents stationed in 63 branch locations. Through its global reach, AUF has an enormous capacity to mobilise (particularly in the Southern hemisphere) the expertise and resources of its networks and member institutions, especially in the following regions: Africa, America, Southeast Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Western Europe and the Arabic world.

As a partner to institutions for higher education and research, the AUF operates by means of several collaborative programmes, designed specifically to support research and education through (i) encouraging and facilitating scientific collaboration; (ii) training the future leaders of development; (iii) supporting research and excellence; and (iv) sharing international expertise.

AUF’s extensive network has proved very valuable in working with universities and in providing support to higher education projects through the exchange of international expertise. Furthermore, AUF’s capacity to mobilise its networks of knowledge transfer and exchange offers considerable promise in finding possible solutions to issues such as ICT in education, global sustainability conflict resolution,civil rights and minorities, university governance and education markets.

AufProfessor Bernard Cerquiglini

Chancellor, Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF)

“As WISE has the ambition to deal with the challenges of education for the 21st century through inter-cultural dialogue and academic excellence, the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) has offered its expertise and its knowledge on the field to Qatar Foundation. AUF is delighted to join this Summit that will allow its members to share experiences and to exchange rich innovations and reflections with other partners.”

Link to the AUF website here