Today on the 16th of June 2021 the University of Gondar hosted representatives from the French Embassy. The talks centered on establishing a French Language Center and also expanding the overall French Language in the University curriculum. The day that saw some great developments allowed UoG staff and the French Embassy to draw a path towards implementation.
Those who attended the event included Dr. Kassahun Tegegne, Academic Vice President, Ms. Claire Puntous, Project manager for French Language Program, Ms. Marjorie Pegourie, Cooperation Attaché for Education at the French Embassy, Dr. Agegnew Tesfa, Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Dr. Aemero Asmamaw, Vice Dean CSSH and Assistant Professor Endesew Eshetie, Department Head of English Language and Literature.
The meeting dealt with assessing the cooperation of the partnership, keeping with UoG’s needs, overall development of the French Language and visiting the prepared sites for the potential French Language Center. The two parties agreed to expand the language in a number of ways.
For starters the University will allow for the French Language to expand in its curriculum. In addition, it will work towards opening up a French Language Center for staff, students and the general public. In this way all stakeholders and the University Community could benefit from this great opportunity. The talks concluded with the understanding that at least 150 contact hrs. are required for individuals to see some improvements in their language acquisition and strides to make this a reality is of the utmost importance.
For a couple of years now the University has been teaching and is preparing to teach numerous foreign languages. From German language to Arabic the importance that UoG puts on languages cannot be overlooked. With the incorporation of the French Language Center the abilities of staff and students will increase and sectors that have a high influx of foreign tourists will have potential candidates to fill the gaps. The University of Gondar has endeavored to start all operations for the newly established French Language Center in this upcoming Fall semester.