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Doctoral University for French Studies in West and Central Africa

West and Central Africa now have their own doctoral university for French studies in order to promote scientific cooperation and increase the visibility of research in the realm of the French language.
On May 9-12, 2016, an inaugural seminar was held at the new doctoral university of the region, at the Houphouët-Boigny University of Abidjan, in the Ivory Coast. Bringing together 15 doctorands in the field of French literature, didactics or linguistics, from Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, Senegal, Benin, Togo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the doctoral university aims at providing students with a high-level program provided by a scientific committee made up of eight prestigious researchers-lecturers, originating equally from universities from the South and North (France and Belgium).
Offering an education in disciplines, cross-disciplines and complementary in nature with programs from the universities of origin of the participants, the seminar will assist doctorands for three years, in the preparation of their thesis. Twice a year, workshops, conferences and discussions will alternate, covering multidisciplinary issues, with the presentation by the doctorands of their research work (state of progress, writing of scientific articles).

Scientific cooperation and visibility of French-language research

This regional program wishes to break down barriers for researchers, opening up internationally, while giving an impetus to research. It also enables establishments to come together for a commitment to a project, thus favoring the development of scientific partnerships. In the long run, it targets strengthening the networks of researchers and the emergence of new, organized research teams able to become part of a doctoral university.
This regional doctoral university in French studies is the fruit of a partnership between the Institut français and the Agence universitaire de la francophonie (AUF). Doctoral universities in French studies have already been set up in the Maghreb as well as in East Africa and Madagascar.

Photograoh above : the Houphouët-Boigny University, where the first seminar of the doctoral university of the region took place