Annual meeting of „Eugen Ionesco” scholars to be held on Friday at MAE headquarters

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The annual meeting of the ‘Eugen Ionesco’ scholars – 2012-2013 graduates – will be held Friday, April 12, at the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) headquarter.

 According to a press release from the Ministry, participating in the event there will be 51 beneficiaries of the ‘Eugen Ionesco’ scholarship programme, from 16 francophone countries – Algeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, the Ivory Coast, France, Guinea, Morocco, Madagascar, Moldova, Romania, Rwanda, Senegal, Togo, Tunisia -, members and representatives of the francohpone embassies in Romania, representatives of Romanian universities affiliated with the Francophone University Agency (AUF) and journalists.

The meeting will offer participants the opportunity to evaluate the ‘Eugen Ionesco’ scholarship programme and also an occasion to discuss and exchange ideas on certain topics related to francophonie meant to highlight the richness and diversity of cultural expressions and governments of the member states of the AUF, the release says.

Also, the presence of the francophone scholars at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will offer them the occasion to meet with representatives of the leaders of the space directions on issues of bilateral interest, with special attention to spaces of origin of the majority of scholars, African countries and the Republic of Moldova.

There will hold speeches a series of personalities directly involved in the programme, on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Office for Central and Eastern Europe of the Francophone University Agency, the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, as well as representatives of ‘Eugen Ionesco’ scholars.

The ‘Eugen Ionesco’ PhD and postdoctoral scholarships programme was initiated by Romania, in the context of the 11th Francophonie Summit (Bucharest, 2006) and became operational in 2007. The programme aims to support sustainable development of francophone space, particularly in Central and Eastern Europe and the francophone South (Article 35 of the Declaration of the Summit in Bucharest).

The ‘Eugen Ionescu’ scholarship programme has offered its scholars coming from universities member of the Francophone University Agency from members of the International Organization of the Francophonie and the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria to receive training in French in 26 universities in Romania members of AUF, in a wide range of areas.

So far, there benefited from this programme six scholars promotions, counting some 400 PhD students and researchers from the following countries: Albania, Algeria, Armenia, Benin, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Ivory Coast, Central African Republic, the Republic Congo, Egypt, France, Gabon, Georgia, Guinea, Lebanon, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Mauritania, Rep. Moldova, Senegal, Chad, Togo, Tunisia, Vietnam.

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