The annual meeting of the Eugen Ionescu scholars, the 2011-2012 promotion, organized by the Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) and the Central and Eastern Europe Office of the Francophonie University Agency (AUF) will take place on Tuesday, starting from 11 a.m. at the MAE headquarters.
According to MAE, 55 scholars having won the Eugen Ionescu scholarship, coming mainly from African countries and the Republic of Moldova, representatives of the Ministry of Education, Research, Youth and Sport, diplomats representing the Francophone embassies to Romania, representatives of the Romanian universities that are members of the AUF and journalists will be attending the gathering.
In the opening of the meeting, State Secretary for Global Affairs with MAE Dan Petre will deliver a speech and will provide the participants with the opportunity to evaluate the scholarship program, at the same time encouraging the debate and the exchange of views on Francophone topics meant to emphasize the richness and the diversity of the cultural expressions at the level of the states and governments that are members of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF).
A host of figures directly involved in this program, such as Abderrahmane Rida, director of the Central and Eastern Europe Office of AUF, Horia-Nicolai Teodorescu, VP of the Conference of the Rectors of the AUF-member Universities (CONFRECO), as well as representatives of the Eugen Ionescu scholars, namely Moussa Ouedraogo from Ivory Coast and Luminita Samson from the Republic of Moldova will also give speeches.
The Eugen Ionescu program of PhD and post-PhD scholarships was initiated in Romania, in the context of the 11th Summit of the Francophone States held in 2006 in Bucharest, and it became operational in 2007. The program aims to support the sustainable development in the Francophone countries, especially in Central and Eastern Europe and in the Francophone South.
The program, coordinated by MAE and AUF, has been a real success as early as since its start. The effective management of the scholarships is carried out by the AUF, whose experience in this kind of programs is recognized worldwide.
The Eugen Ionescu scholarships allow the researchers and PhD students from the OIF-member states and Algeria to benefit by education in French in 25 Romanian universities, in a wide range of domains.
Five promotions have so far benefited by this program, namely 337 PhD students and researchers from Albania, Algeria, Benin, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Ivory Coast, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, France, Georgia, Guinea, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, the Republic of Moldova, Senegal, Chad, Togo, Tunisia, Vietnam.