Bioethics teaching and research partnership

A two-year agreement to collaborate on higher education and research into bioethics has been signed by the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), the University of Montreal in Canada and the universities of Abomey-Calavi in Cotonou, Bénin, and Alassane Ouattara in Bouaké, Côte d’Ivoire.

The partnership, which comes under the AUF’s Horizons Francophones programme, will promote development, at the two West African universities, of French-language education and research in bioethics – the study of moral problems raised by biological, medical and genetic research – and some of its applications, said the agency.

The agreement was established by Professors Béatrice Godard, Michel Bergeron and Michèle Stanton-Jean of Montreal University, Professor Benjamin Fayomi of Abomey-Calavi University, and Professor Lazare Poamé of Alassane Ouattara University.

It will create a three-year masters course at Alassane Ouattara, and a continuing education programme for lecturers at Abomey-Calavi. It will also enable teacher exchanges and knowledge transfer to take place between the participating institutions, said the AUF.

The AUF’s Horizons Francophones programme aims to strengthen teaching and research in French up to doctoral level at universities in ‘southern’ countries and to develop networks and partnerships between them and universities in ‘northern’ ones.

Other African countries participating in Horizons Francophones projects are Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar and Niger.