March 16, 2011 by staff 

Kinesiology, The doors to world-class opportunities are wide open at the University of Regina students and faculty. The U of R has been accepted into the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) – a network of more over 774 member institutions in 90 countries around the world to support research and education in French.

“This is the beginning of the game for university studies or research in French throughout the world,” said Peter Dorrington, director of the Institute french.

The AUF is supporting a number of programs of cooperation in a wide range of academic disciplines. Each year it offers more than 2,000 scholarships and grants to support exchanges of students and teacher.

With funding, U of R students will be able to study in a francophone university located in places like Morocco and Vietnam.

“There would be a university that he is a member of the AUF and a professor who could take them under his wing and help them in their training,” said Dorrington. “Or, conversely encourage students from other places here to do the same thing – to study for a semester or a year or coming here to do an internship as part of their studies at home. ”

Students do not attend the French Institute to qualify for the program.

“You could be a student in kinesiology – and we know that there are many French-speaking students in kinesiology studying in English – but that would open the possibility for them to go somewhere that would make sense in the context of their program, and study for one semester, but do it in French, “said Dorrington.

The program also translates into opportunities for teachers.

“We can call a teacher from a university in Guinea to teach and do research for a year or vice versa,” said Dorrington. “A professor at the U of R can attend a university in Belgium and do research for a year. ”

Led by the French Institute, the successful application for membership of the university stems from a long and develop a commitment to francophone education and research at the U of A.

Dorrington said the institute was interested in becoming a member of the AUF for some time.

“We could have asked for membership on our own Institute french, but we have decided to offer the University of Regina membership,” he said. “The French Institute has always sought to be, and is a window to the outside world for francophone students in Saskatchewan and for faculty at the U of A. And at the same time, a window to the outside world Francophone in Saskatchewan. ”

Students and faculty can contact the institute french information.

“We will also serve as a contact point for universities around the world if they were students or teachers who are interested in working with the University of Regina or come here to study or teach or make research, “said Dorrington.

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