The Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) is one of the most important higher education and research associations in the world. The AUF has also been La Francophonie’s operating agency for higher education and research since 1989. This Francophone project aims to establish a French-language international academic community that produces and transmits knowledge.
The AUF operates on the international scene from its head office and central services located in Montreal and Paris. It has 70 institutions in 40 countries, including ten regional offices with 427 staff members, including 339 regional staff.
Since 2000, the AUF has experienced a period of unprecedented development, marked by a consolidation of its budget and a 50% increase inthe number of member institutions. The AUF now consolidates a network of 776 institutions on all continents in 98 countries, 63 of which are members or observers of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophone. Most of its members are in France, Vietnam, Algeria and Canada, respectively. The AUF's development is a reflection of its reputation within academic communities as well as the appeal of French as a language of instruction and culture on the international scene.