AUF (Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie)

L’Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie est une association mondiale d’universités francophones. Elle oeuvre depuis plus de 50 ans dans le domaine de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche pour soutenir les universités francophones dans leur mission d'appui au développement de leurs pays. Elle regroupe plus de 900 établissements universitaires sur les cinq continents, dans plus de cent pays. Elle est l’opérateur spécialisé de la Francophonie pour l’enseignement supérieur et la recherche. L’association a pour mission de soutenir les stratégies de développement de ses établissements membres, acteurs du développement, et de promouvoir la communauté scientifique francophone pour qu’elle devienne une référence internationale et apporte sa contribution aux enjeux mondiaux (changement climatique, pauvreté, agriculture, sécurité alimentaire, santé, droit,…). Pour conduire ses actions, l’AUF développe des partenariats avec différentes organisations (UNESCO, UE, ONG, entreprises du secteur privé…).

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Joan Roca de El Celler de Can Roca, “meilleur restaurant du monde”. VCrown/flickr

Consommation: un bon classement peut faire du mal

Palmarès des meilleurs restaurants du monde, classements en ligne des hôtels les plus appréciés… les consommateurs ont-ils toujours intérêt à utiliser ces éléments pour faire leurs choix. Pas sûr.
Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan has taken a no-nonsense approach to curbing inflation. Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

India debates monetary policy in shadow of US rate rise

Monetary policy involves more than managing inflation, which is why it sometimes takes a committee to decide interest rates.
Intelligence on the curriculum. Lightbulb via denk creative/Shutterstock

Can we teach intelligence?

As our definitions of what intelligence is change, it might become possible to teach it.
Belgian security forces patrol near the Jewish museum in Brussels. EPA/Julien Warnand

Much soul searching as Belgium confronts terror at home

Even as the world was still trying to make sense of the Paris attacks, attention suddenly shifted towards Brussels with the news that two suspected jihadis had been killed in a police anti-terror raid…
Bacteria under attack by a flock of bacteriophages. Graham Beards/Wikimedia Commons

Designer viruses could be the new antibiotics

Bacterial infections remain a major threat to human and animal health. Worse still, the catalogue of useful antibiotics is shrinking as pathogens build up resistance to these drugs. There are few promising…
John O'Keefe , left, and Edvard and May-Britt Moser. David Bishop, UCL and NTNU

Nobel Prize in medicine: decades of work on ‘the brain’s GPS’ recognised

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded with one half to John O'Keefe and the other half jointly to May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser “for their discoveries of cells that constitute a…
Soon to be grown for ornamental use only. Mark Nesbitt and Samuel Delwen

Microbial factories could produce locally brewed painkillers

The past few decades have seen enormous progress being made in synthetic biology – the idea that simple biological parts can be tweaked to do our bidding. One of the main targets has been hacking the biological…
Flanders Fields was once the frontline of war – it now is a place of remembrance. Mark Wainwright/Flickr

WWI commemorations in Belgium give a glimpse of a divided nation

In Belgium as in Australia, there are no longer any surviving veterans of the Great War to witness the commemorations of its centenary. However, just as in Australia, there remains an immense interest…

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