The visit of a delegation consisting of representatives of the partners of the Erasmus + project "Establishment of the Conference of Azerbaijan Rectors" (ECAR), implemented in partnership with the University of Azerbaijan and coordinated by the Baku Business University, has ended in France. The visit, organized as part of a European Commission-funded project, was attended by a 30-member delegation consisting of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the project coordinator and vice-rectors and heads of partner universities. Azerbaijan University was represented by Nushaba Guliyeva, Advisor to the Rector, Director of the International Center for Master's and Doctoral Studies, and Bakhtiyar Badalov, Head of the International Relations Department.
The business meetings and trainings were organized by the Conference of University Presidents of France (CPU) and the French Education International Center (FEI). Jean Luc Nahel, CPU's International Relations Coordinator and former rector of the University of Rouen, briefed the delegation on the French education system and the role of the CPU in higher education. It was noted that the CPU, established by the French Ministry of Education in 1971, is a prestigious organization with a high reputation in the country's education system. Until 2007, the presidency of the CPU was held by the French Minister of Education. In 2007, the independence of universities was confirmed on the basis of radical reforms in higher education, and the CPU became an independent body. The main function of the CPU is to act as an advisory body of the Ministry of Education. Thus, the CPU has a coordinating function in ensuring the communication between the Ministry of Education and French public
universities, the exchange of views, the evaluation of problems and proposals. Currently, 74 accredited universities in France are members of the CPU. Taking into account the recommendations of the organization, a strategic roadmap for the country's higher education system is defined, reforms are carried out, and if necessary, changes are made in the education legislation.
Carle-Bonafous Murat, the organization's representative in the European Union, spoke about European-French educational relations, noting that the conference's impact is not limited to the country's borders. Marion Poutrel, program manager of the French Center for International Education (FEI), explained the basic principles of the CPU's charter and legal status. Chairman of the CPU Commission on International Relations, Rector of the University of Toulouse Jean Jaures Emmanuelle Garnier informed about the organizational structure of the CPU, the plenary session, standing commissions specializing in various areas, temporary working groups. The rapporteur noted that the CPU has a permanent staff of 20 rectors, CP2U, who organize meetings and set the CPU agenda.
On the third day of the meeting, Manuel Bouard, a representative of the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, together with Nijat Mammadli, a representative of the Azerbaijani Ministry of Education, discussed cooperation and coordination between the French Ministry of Education and the CPU.
CPU membership, strategic planning, decision-making processes, funding mechanisms and similar issues were also discussed at the business meetings.
On the last day of the event, a visit was made to the Sorbonne University, one of the oldest universities in France.
The delegation visited the graves of Alimardan bey Topchubashov, one of the founders of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic and chairman of the
Parliament of the Azerbaijan Democratic Republic, and a prominent socio-political figure Jeyhun Hajibeyli, and attended a private event at the Azerbaijan-France House of Culture.
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