The Chancellor of Agence Universitaire de la Francaphonie (AUF), Mr Jean Paul de Gaudemar and the AUF Asia Pacific Regional Director, Mrs Ouidad Tebbaa met with the Minister for Education and Training, Jean Pierre Nirua on April 5, 2019.
The main purpose of this meeting was for the AUF to re-affirm its interest to promote and develop higher education in Vanuatu.
The first stone of the Pacific Antenna in Port-Vila was laid on 27 November, 1999 in the presence of Mr. Michel Guilloux, then Rector of the AUF. Since that time, no Rector of the AUF had visited Vanuatu.
The team discussed the project and the challenges facing the National University of Vanuatu. The University’s different trainings were at the heart of these fruitful exchanges, which focused on bilingualism as a direction of national cohesion within the country.
After these discussions, a convention for hosting the Pacific Antenna of the AUF in the premises of the future National University of Vanuatu was signed, emphasizing the relations between the AUF and the development of higher education in Vanuatu.
The AUF chancellor and the Asia-Pacific Director then visited the premises of the future National University of Vanuatu and met students presenting their courses and explaining their desire to study in this university. The AUF Chancellor expressed a deep interest in the students’ paths.
“The current generation of Vanuatu has a dual responsibility, to succeed in their studies and also to carry the image, the values and the progress of Vanuatu loud and clear”, he stated.
The team also met with Prime Minister Charlot Salwai, and they discussed the importance of education in Vanuatu — the government dedicates a quarter of its budget to this area. The AUF stated it would like to keep being part of this financial effort, and continue to play a key role in the promotion of higher education in Vanuatu.