Prof. Nabil Hailat, President of Yarmouk University inaugurated on Monday 15 March 2021 the activities of the Francophone Week which is jointly organized by the Department of Modern Languages at the Faculty of Arts and the Department of International Relations and Projects in cooperation with the French Embassy in Amman, the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) and the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie. The event was conducted virtually via zoom and runs until 22 March 2021.

Prof. Nabil Hailat said that every year Yarmouk University is devoted to celebrate the francophonie which brings together French-speaking people and represents values related to humanity and respect for diversity. He pointed out that Francophonie is not only a language and culture, but also a promotion of education, development, vocational training, sustainable development and economy, indicating the importance of French as a language for business worldwide.

He appreciated the efforts exerted by the faculty staff and students in organizing this event, praising the outstanding level of the Department of Modern Languages, and thanked Embassies of French speaking countries for their support and cooperation with Yarmouk University to organize this event.

For her part, Dr. Batoul Al-Muhaissen, Head of the Department of Modern Languages, pointed out that Yarmouk University is keen to annually celebrate Francophone Week, by holding many cultural, artistic, and recreational events in French for students of the Department, aiming at enhancing their language skills and improving their proficiency in French, which is one of the most important languages in the world.

Dr. Mamoun Al-Shtaiwi, representative of Yarmouk University at the the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), pointed out that the world every year celebrates Francophone in March, and this occasion represents is a unique experience that provides the opportunity for French speakers and learners around the world to celebrate the French language, which is spoken by over 300 million people around the world, by holding many events centered on the French language. He also appealed to Francophone countries, including France, Canada, Switzerland and Belgium, to support faculty staff members of modern languages, especially French language by developing their abilities and skill, organizing advanced and specialized courses in this field, and securing scholarships for graduate studies in order to keep up with modern scientific developments in the fields of language science and literature..

 

The ceremony was attended by Dean of the Faculty of Arts Prof. Mohammed Bani Doumi, Vice Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Dr. Osama Omari, Director of International Relations and Project, Dr. Ghazi Magableh, and French Language Instructor at Yarmouk University sent by the French MOFA, Mrs. Julie MENAT, in addition to a number of faculty members and students from Yarmouk University and other Jordanian universities.

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