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Cultural network update – Germany – “Digital Archives and Cultural Memory” Forum (Berlin, November 10, 2014)

The Embassy of France in Berlin and the Institut français will host a forum entitled “Digital Archives and Cultural Memory” on November 10, as part of the French-German Digital Cooperation Year.

Cultural, scientific, technical and educational cooperation

Franco-German relations are especially concentrated in the area of cultural and scientific cooperation, and joint initiatives in this area have grown exponentially since 1945. The strength of the ties that bind the French and German civil societies is necessary now more than ever in terms of the vitality of bilateral relations.

Many binational organizations are conducting actions to establish links between the two countries’ governments and civil societies. Some of the most emblematic institutions include:
-  The OFAJ (Franco-German Office for Youth), created in 1963 in the context of the Elysée Treaty, promotes activities and exchanges in all fields that have to do with youth. Since 1963, the OFAJ has made it possible for more than seven million young people to meet, and each year, nearly 200,000 young people participate in its programmes. The OFAJ also offers trilateral exchanges, in particular with the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the countries of Southeastern Europe, in order to strengthen European cooperation.
-  The Franco-German University (UFA), created in September 1997 during the Franco-German Summit held in Weimar, comprises a network of French and German graduate schools offering integrated programmes from the undergraduate to the graduate level, resulting in binational diplomas. There are 5,000 students enrolled in an integrated programme funded by the UFA. Each year, the UFA organizes the Franco-German Forum, which makes it possible for students and young graduates to meet with French and German companies and institutions.
-  ARTE (Association Relative à la Télévision Européenne) is a Europe-focussed, Franco-German public service cultural television channel, created in the late 1980s. Since 2001, the channel has been broadcasting Franco-German news every evening.
-  The Centre Marc Bloch, created in December 1992, is a Franco-German social science research centre working with a multidisciplinary approach. It devotes a portion of its activities to organizing conferences and training researchers.

The cultural, educational, scientific and technical cooperation network in Germany is concentrated and multifaceted:
-  10 French Institutes brought together as a financially autonomous institution
-  5 specialized offices in Berlin (Books, Cinema, Theatre and Dance, Music and Plastic Arts)
-  13 binational structures (Franco-German cultural centres and branches)
-  a history research centre (French Institute of History in Frankfurt, Germany)
-  15 establishments of the AEFE network (secondary schools in Berlin, school in Bonn, secondary school in Düsseldorf, secondary school in Frankfurt, school and secondary school in Freiburg, school in Heidelberg, secondary school in Hamburg, school and secondary schools in Munich, school in Saarbrücken, kindergarten and primary school in Stuttgart) and two Franco-German secondary schools, in addition to the one in Buc, in France (Freiburg and Saarbrücken).

Many bilateral initiatives complement this system, such as the establishment of a “Franco-German Day” on 22 January in the educational institutions of the two countries, the publication of Franco-German history manuals for students in the sixth and final years of secondary school in France and Germany, and the strategy supporting the learning of the partner’s language.

Updated on 27.05.11

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