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1 Trieste 16 sept.2006Françoise Granger1 COOPERATION IN FRENCH SPEAKING UNIVERSITIES A network between the heads of administration in French-speaking universities GISGUF (Groupement International des Secrétaires Généraux des Universités Francophones)

2 Trieste 16 sept.2006Françoise Granger2 1 - The GISGUF network (goals, organization, topics, achievements…) 2 - A cooperation with Moroccan universities as part of an agreement between the French and Moroccan governments

3 Trieste 16 sept.2006Françoise Granger3 1 - The GISGUF network French-speaking heads of administration (HoAs) started an informal cooperation in The purpose was -- and still is -- Build permanent links between HoAs Within French-speaking universities

4 Trieste 16 sept.2006Françoise Granger4 The NAME given to this network Groupement International des Secrétaires Généraux des Universités Francophones (GISGUF) Association (« loi 1901 ») Now a member of « AUF »: Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (association for rectors, presidents, deans, researchers)

5 Trieste 16 sept.2006Françoise Granger5 GOALS Exchange and establish professional training to accompany pending changes in higher education and research Coordinate skills and abilities of members Organize meetings on special topics Organize exchanges of « best practices » between HoAs

6 Trieste 16 sept.2006Françoise Granger6 MEMBERS HoAs from totally or partially French-speaking universities « friends » 140 members from 21 countries Africa : (Northern Africa) Belgium : 6 Canada : 26 Lebanon : 3 Switzerland : 15 France : 62

7 Trieste 16 sept.2006Françoise Granger7 ORGANIZATION General assembly (every 2 years) Round Table (Board) : members elected for 2 years (by the different constituencies as HUMANE does) President elected for 2 years (Michel Quimper from the University of Montréal) 5-member executive committee

8 Trieste 16 sept.2006Françoise Granger8 15 CONFERENCES SINCE 1977 Belgium : 1987, 1997 Canada : 1979, 1989, 2001 France : 1977, 1985, 1991, 2003 Lebanon : 1999 Morocco : 2005 Switzerland : 1983, 1995 Tunisia : 1981, 1993

9 Trieste 16 sept.2006Françoise Granger9 TOPICS 1977 : decision-making process and procedures 1979 : role and responsibility of HoAs as regards official information 1981 : participation and management (the role of trade unions…) 1983 : new decentralization laws (1982 in France) and role of local authorities in higher education development

10 Trieste 16 sept.2006Françoise Granger : university management in difficult economic contexts 1987 : assessment : liberating or confining? 1989 : international collaboration 1991 : the new university ( problems encountered because of huge enrolment increases) 1993 : students, partners or customers ? 1995 : Funding and autonomy of higher education institutions

11 Trieste 16 sept.2006Françoise Granger : partnerships 1999 : risk management 2001 : the role of HoAs in implementing and managing changes 2003 : autonomy and assessment 2005 : HoAs and governance Presentations can be found on the web site :

12 Trieste 16 sept.2006Françoise Granger12 (1st page Giuliana s presentation)

13 Trieste 16 sept.2006Françoise Granger : « Quality, the role of HoAs » Initiatives toward quality involve teaching, research and administrative procedures : how can HoAs contribute to improving quality ? Geneva June 2007

14 Trieste 16 sept.2006Françoise Granger14 Unfamiliar backgrounds (history, economy, geography, culture …) can lead to certain difficulties in understanding presentations from other countries: it is useful to take time to obtain information before meetings or training sessions (e.g. training session on human resources management with African colleagues in 2005). « Best practices » in a country can prove to be difficult to implement in other places (Canada is not France, e.g. evaluation of teachers …)

15 Trieste 16 sept.2006Françoise Granger15 Attending meetings costs time and money and we lack both ! We must try to find a good balance between too little and too much (conference every 2 years) Can a Canadian from Quebec easily understand a colleague from Meknès or Bouaké (and vice versa )? We all speak French but …. Proceedings take too much time to be produced and distributed to members (not enough time and means) and therefore are less useful than they could be

16 Trieste 16 sept.2006Françoise Granger16 Broad-mindedness is necessary in our job to be able to anticipate changes and manage new partnerships : GISGUF - and HUMANE - are valuable training grounds for understanding what might soon take place in higher education Continuing education is provided through the network The network is recognized by our rectors and presidents ; conferences are sponsored by the minister of education and local authorities

17 Trieste 16 sept.2006Françoise Granger17 We can exchange doubts about our job and position: it helps ! Last but not least : we derive a lot of pleasure in meeting new colleagues and discovering new places in the world ( we deserve this break sometimes…)

18 Trieste 16 sept.2006Françoise Granger18 Cocorico !

19 Trieste 16 sept.2006Françoise Granger Cooperation with Moroccan universities An agreement between Moroccan and French governments was signed for the period 2002 – 2005 The agreement was overseen by the associations of university presidents in both countries

20 Trieste 16 sept.2006Françoise Granger20 GOALS Support the implementation of the reform to be headed in Moroccan universities Get French universities to understand the purpose and contents of the reform Create institutional relationships between the 2 associations of university presidents

21 Trieste 16 sept.2006Françoise Granger21 The Moroccan BACKGROUND in 2002… The reform of the 14 universities in Moroco was urgent : The number of students was increasing rapidly : they had to build facilities in a very short time Morocco wanted its students to be able to attend courses in European universities : they had to adapt curricula to European standards Departments were autonomous : universities needed a new form of governance and a centralized administration to lead the reform

22 Trieste 16 sept.2006Françoise Granger22 The reform included : 1Pedagogy and curricula 2Research and technology transfer 3Governance and administration

23 Trieste 16 sept.2006Françoise Granger23 The administrative aspects of the project were assigned by the presidents to the French association of « secrétaires généraux » We were asked to help the Moroccan colleagues be ready in September 2004 They had very little time to : - recruit and train new staff (mostly scientists at doctorate level, often chemists) - get information technology and necessary hardware and software - conceive and implement central administration

24 Trieste 16 sept.2006Françoise Granger24 The method used : January 2003 : French HoAs went to Morocco to learn about the Moroccan higher education system October 2003 : the 14 Moroccan colleagues worked for a week in 6 French universities to get acquainted with our system February 2004 : 9 French colleagues led a 4- day training seminar in 3 Moroccan cities : workshops were organized to deal with student information and careers, human resources management, finance and space management.

25 Trieste 16 sept.2006Françoise Granger25 The workshops brought together 50 people, which included representatives from all departments of one particular university as well as from several other universities (breaking down walls ) June 2004 : administrative heads of departements stayed for a week-long training session at French universities September 2004 : they did it ! Students started a new academic year (no holidays for our Moroccan colleagues and staff…)

26 Trieste 16 sept.2006Françoise Granger26 They did it ! ? Well done, hats off to our Moroccan colleagues I think the method was efficient ; I particularly appreciated the time we all took to get acquainted with both educational sytems before proceeding further (we often lack this knowledge in other situations of cooperation) This gave the Moroccan HoAs the opportunity to work together – something they had never done before – and create a network in their country

27 Trieste 16 sept.2006Françoise Granger27 But what next ? We dont really know…. 2/3 of HoAs have changed recently The programme, headed by presidents, focused on curricula and research But I am still in touch with a colleague from Rabat University : he is an academic and is now in charge of international affairs …

28 Trieste 16 sept.2006Françoise Granger28 WELCOME TO GISGUF Next GISGUF conference GENEVA 20 – 24 June 2007 « Quality, the role of HoAs » web site :

29 Trieste 16 sept.2006Françoise Granger29 WELCOME TO GISGUF

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