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Institut Français in the United Arab Emirates

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The Institut Français in the united Arab Emirates was created in 2010, as part of a global reform of the cultural and cooperation network of the French Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs initiated by the law of July 27, 2010 [1] , replacing the French cultural activities that were previously united within the Culturesfrance association [2]

This reorganization brought a better unity and a greater simplicity of management. The university, educational, linguistic and cultural cooperation services of the French Embassy thus merged to become the Institut Français UAE. They have close ties with the Consulate General as well as the country's Alliance Française office, national and local authorities, and other French-speaking institutions like Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi.

Educational role[edit]

The primary goal of the Institute is to offer, French courses, training and exams to as wide an audience as possible. However, the Institut Français UAE mainly offers cultural activities around the French language although it is also accredited to pass and issue various international certifications, such as: DELF , DALF or TCF [ 1] .

Partly due to the privileged relations between France and the United Arab Emirates , the Institut Français UAE also plays a role of mediator between the French academic world and future Emirati students, in particular by offering cultural and French language awareness. The Emirates have also been an observer member of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF) since 2010 [1] , promoting the sharing of values and directives common to officially French-speaking countries or countries with a French-speaking minority.

Since the opening of the Sorbonne Abu Dhabi campus in 2011, university programs have included approximately 35% Emirati students [1] , the other main nationalities being represented by the French, Algerians, Egyptians, Moroccans, Jordanians, Palestinians and Lebanese. Bachelor 's studies are done in French, then mainly in English for the master 's degree .

Cultural activities[edit]

The cultural center of the institute participates in the local and international cultural scene, by creating hundreds of annual events. Its activities also take place online, through regular cultural promotion projects [1] .

The Institut Français UAE also participates in external events, as part of the promotion of culture and exchanges between France and the Emirates, and develops partnerships with other cultural, governmental or non-governmental entities . It thus organized and hosted several French-speaking book fairs as well as film festivals and conferences from 2011 to 2016 [1] .

In 2012, the institute renewed its collaboration with the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority in the field of visual arts, notably by presenting designers and creators of French-speaking graphic novels to the Emirati scene [1] . As part of this cultural exchange, Emirati artists are hosted in residence at the Cité internationale des arts in Paris with the support of the Emirates Foundation .

Further information[edit]

In addition to cultural activity, the Institut français is one of the players in cooperation in terms of training medical and archaeological training between France and the United Arab Emirates. A bilateral commission offers each year to 10 Emirati students to follow their entire specialization in France after having learned French. The choice of specializations is made according to the needs of the establishments and the places allocated by the host hospitals. Subject to the same exams during their internship, the students of the program obtain a diploma recognized in France and in the UAE [1] .

The Institut français also enables better coordination in terms of archeology between researchers from the two countries. It was in 1977 that the first French excavations were carried out in the Emirates, under the patronage of Sheikh Zayed. The French archaeologist Serge Cleuziou then founded the French mission in Abu Dhabi [1] .

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