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On Sunday, the 12th of March 2023, Dr. Ashraf El-Ghandour, Vice President for Postgraduate Studies and Research Affairs at Alexandria University, received a delegation from the French Embassy in Cairo, headed by Counselor Monica Jekyll, Attaché for Scientific and Academic Cooperation at the French Embassy, Mr. Victor Pratt, and Ms. Maya El-Ramli, Academic Cooperation Officer at the French Embassy, Ms. Nadine Mekkawi, Assistant to the Cooperation Attaché at the French Embassy. The meeting was also attended by Dr. Sameh Shehata, Supervisor of the International Relations Office at Alexandria University, Dr. Abeer El-Wakil, Francophone International Relations Officer at the International Relations Office at Alexandria University, and the deans of the Faculties of Medicine, Law, Science, and Agriculture, as well as vice deans of the Faculties of Arts and Commerce, and officials of the French programs in these faculties.
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During the meeting, the two parties discussed means of joint cooperation, and presented the grant funding opportunities offered by the French Embassy for research projects at Alexandria University, as well as the expansion of joint educational programs in various scientific fields and disciplines.
In his speech, Dr. Ashraf El-Ghandour welcomed the French delegation to the University of Alexandria, pointing to the existence of extended relations through academic cooperation and joint degrees with many French universities, such as Aix-Marseille, Poitiers, Grenoble and Toulouse in France. He also highlighted the distinguished presence of French departments in several faculties at Alexandria University that cooperate in research with Francophone universities, and have branches in French-speaking countries in Africa. El-Ghandour expressed his hopes to achieve more cooperation with French universities through the establishment of more joint degrees whether on the undergraduate or postgraduate levels, exchange programs for students and professors, in addition to cooperation through various research projects.
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While the French delegation affirmed its keenness to cooperate with the deep-rooted Alexandria University, especially as it is one of the most prestigious universities in the Middle East. The delegation confirmed that France has 74 universities, 26 research centers, and more than 3,000 research libraries that have more than 30,000 cooperation agreements with major international universities. The delegation expressed their hope to consolidate cooperation with Alexandria University in joint educational programs and at the level of scientific research.