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Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

Traditionally, our cultural, scientific and technical cooperation has focussed on archaeology, the promotion of French and the training of the elite. Franco-Egyptian university cooperation is based on the “French-language university hub”, which brings together 1,200 students, at the French University in Egypt (UFE), French-language courses of study established at the biggest universities in Egypt and the University Senghor in Alexandria. The French University in Egypt opened in October 2002 and was inaugurated in April 2006 by the two Presidents of the Republic. France provides logistical and financial support to the UFE, which has approximately 400 students divided among three faculties (applied foreign languages, management and information systems, and engineering sciences) that have all signed agreements with prestigious French partners. On the basis of all of its assets (trilingualism, dual diploma option), its objective is to become a leading player. On 14 December 2009, Presidents Mubarak and Sarkozy officially declared 2010 to be the “Franco-Egyptian year of science and technology”, with the desire to enhance and strengthen cooperation between the two countries in the area of Science and Technology. The strategy of the French Development Agency, which opened an office in Cairo in early 2007, has a commitment objective of about €150M annually for these next three years.

In the area of research, our actions are based on:
-  The Franco-Egyptian temple research centre at Karnak, the Institut français d’Archéologie Orientale ("IFAO")and 11 missions, which give France a leading role in the field of archaeology;
-  The “CEDEJ”, the French social science research centre, on modern and contemporary Egypt;
-  The Research and Development Institute (IRD), the development of the Hubert Curien “Imhotep” partnership on scientific cooperation in disciplines playing a role in socio-economic development, in the health, environmental and engineering sciences, in particular.

Updated on 05.08.10

Archaeology

Drawing on the expertise of the Commission consultative des recherches archéologiques à l’étranger (Consultative Commission on Archaeological Research Abroad), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DGCID) is subsidizing nearly 160 archaeological missions (from palaeontology to the medieval period) in 65 countries. Among others:

-  Alexandria - Maréa: A craftwork quarter on the southern bank of Lake Mariut
-  Ayyoubide Wall: Islamic Cairo.
-  Bouto: From the end of the late period to the roman period
-  El Adaïma: A predynastic site in Upper Egypt.
-  From Koptos to Myos Hormos: Small Roman forts on the Myos Hormos route.
-  Karnak: Franco-Egyptian Centre for Research on the Temples of Karnak.
-  Khashm al Minayh: In its Umwelt.
-  Saqqâra: Pyramid from the end of the Ancient Empire, Pyramids texts.
-  Tanis: French archaeological mission.
-  Tell el Herr: Franco-Egyptian mission in north Sinai.
-  Umm Balad: The quarries of grey granodiorite
-  Wadi Natrun: Primary glass workshops in Greco-Roman Egypt

Updated on 15.10.08

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