University of Tomorrow and la Francophonie

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University of Tomorrow and la Francophonie

How can Francophonie play a part in Irish universities' strategy at the international level

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Trinity College, Regent House College Green Dublin 2 Ireland

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This event is organised jointly by the Embassy of France in Dublin, the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), Trinity College Dublin and the Irish University Association (IUA).


9-9.20: Welcome coffee

9.20-9.50: Welcoming addresses

  • Patrick Prendergast (President & Provost - Trinity College Dublin)
  • HE Ekatereni Simopoulou (Ambassador of Greece to Ireland, representing the OIF member states)
  • Jean-Paul de Gaudemar (Recteur - AUF)
  • Niall Burgess (Secretary General - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade)

9.50-10.30: International strategies and networks

Moderator: Lewis Purser (Director of academic affairs - IUA)

  • Jean-Paul de Gaudemar (Recteur - AUF)
  • Martin Howard (Head, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures - UCC)
  • Juliette Hussey (Vice-Provost for Global Relations - Trinity College Dublin)
  • Daire Keogh (Deputy President - DCU)
  • HE Rory Montgomery (formerly Second Secretary General - Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Irish Ambassador to France)
  • Brian O’Neill (Director of Research, Enterprise and Innovation Services - TUDublin)
  • Mary Gallagher (Professor of French and Francophone Studies - UCD)
  • Representative from NUI Galway

10.30-11.10: Sustainable and competitive university systems for tomorrow

Moderator: Eamon Maher (President - Association of Franco-Irish Studies)

  • Malcolm Byrne (Head of Communications - HEA)
  • Philipp Nolan (President - Maynooth University)
  • Nadine Thézé-Thiébaud (Membre du conseil scientifique - AUF)

11.10-11.30: Coffee break

11.30-12.10: Reaching out beyond traditional audiences and needs

  • Sonia Dubourg Lavroff (Inspectrice Générale - IGAENR)
  • Ciprian Mihali (Regional Director for Western Europe - AUF
  • Joseph Roche ( Assistant Professor in Science Education - Science Gallery)

12.10-12.30: Closing intervention

  • Jean-Paul de Gaudemar (Recteur - AUF)
  • Juliette Hussey (Vice-Provost for Global Relations - Trinity College Dublin)

12.30: Networking Lunch

2-4pm: Networking session with the AUF - Projects and initiatives

Recteur Jean-Paul de Gaudemar and Ciprian Mihali will be available to answer questions, discuss the strategy, initiatives and projects of the AUF as well as the challenges of the Irish academic community

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