Emmanuel Macron wore a fez for his walkabout during his visit to the old town area Emmanuel Macron wore a fez for his walkabout during his visit to the old town area ERIC FEFERBERG-POOL

5 Alliance Française Complexes and Franco-Tunisian University for Tunisia Featured

News Reports / Friday, 09 February 2018 02:26

Five brand new  “Alliance Française” complexes  will be opened to the public in various Tunisian cities in 2018. This was made known last week by Olivier Poivre d’Arvor, French ambassador to Tunisia  at the commissioning of yet another Alliance Française complex in Ariana, Greater Tunisia.  The ambassador disclosed that "the institutions" will provide high quality environment for the "teaching and learning of French language", and "as well, reinforce co-operation between his country and Tunisia in cultural matters". The five new yet to be commissioned Alliance Française complexes, will each cost 168,039.68 EUR to contruct.  They will be located in the Tunisian cities of Gafsa, Kairouan, Bizerte, Djerba and Gabes, and will be due for commissioning  in 2018. 

The goal of this cultural policy initiative, the ambassador disclosed, is to “double the number of French-language learners from 10,000 to 20,000 students within two years, so that by 2020 Tunisia will be a country  French language is more comfortably spoken than now, not minding the good standards we have already. And by implication, the country can host the summit of the Francophonie in the best possible conditions”. Beyond this objective, Mr. Olivier Poivre d’Arvor revealed that plans are in advanced stages for the commissioning of a Franco-Tunisian university in 2019. The university which will employ professors of international repute and be equipped with 'state of the art' teaching aids. It will attract students from all over Africa, and at the same time be an alternative of desireable quality for young Tunisians who otherwise may wish to travel abroad for university education.  According to the ambassador, this line of thinking is informed by the observation that over 13,000 new Tunisian students matriculated in French universities last year. In his views, this number may likely rise to “30,000” any time soon, if nothing is done to stem the tide. “

Olivier Poivre d'Arvor indicated that the university's curricula of studies would be defined by set guidelines for university education, as specified by Tunisia's higher education ministry.




Inauguration de l'Alliance Française de Tunis par M. Emmanuel Macron Bassem Loukil
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