French Week !!
Semaine Française !
26-30 March 2007
The French Week on Campus is being organized by the Service of Cooperation and Cultural Action (SCAC) of the French Embassy in order to promote academic exchanges between Malta and France. The SCAC will meet Maltese students to inform them about the services that are offered and the various opportunities that France proposes through exchanges and higher education programmes. This will be an occasion to promote already existing Erasmus Exchanges between French Universities and the University of Malta and to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Erasmus Programme. The SCAC will also be informing students about varied specialized higher educational programs that are offered by French Universities in English.
French Language Bursaries will also be offered during this week. For this purpose, the SCAC will have a small stand at the Central Quadrangle at the University, where information will be provided.
A number of exhibitions will be displayed around University while a French Film will be shown everyday. CampusFM will also be diffusing daily a French themed programme.
Various French academics will be meeting Maltese counterparts to discuss possibility of agreements on the following topics : Project on Environment and groundwater, European Research Programs, Translation and Interpretation. Conferences will also be given by French experts mainly in the field of International Relations, Law and European Union and Globalisation.
Water Project : (21st - 24th March) French scientists, Dr Michel BAKALOWICZ and Dr Valérie PLAGES from the University of Pierre et Marie Curie, will come to Malta to further discuss and seek scientific collaboration between Malta and France on Environment and Groundwater projects. Exchanges between Maltese and French officials and scientists between 2005 and 2006, have underlined the topic of Environment and most particularly the subject of the Water Resources on the Island as one of the most interesting topic for scientific collaboration. Main concerns include a better knowledge of the resource (recharge conditions, functioning of aquifers among which have an original exploitation way with galleries) and the social requirements (solutions to fight against over-exploitation, pollution and marine intrusion). The aim of a bilateral scientific collaboration between France and Malta is the first step to find solutions to the problems of quantity and quality of groundwater on the Island.
Scientific Policy : (29th - 31st March) Mr Hervé TILLY who is in charge of the European Research Programmes within the French Ministry of Education and Research, will be meeting his counterparts in Malta to discuss common scientific policy.
United Nations and International Law of the Sea : (26th - 27th March) Prof Yves DAUDET, Professor of International Law at Paris Sorbonne University and Secretary General of the Academy of International Law, La Haye will be delivering two conferences entitled : “Current aspects of the Security Council of The United Nations” and “The process of elaboration of International Law, with special reference to the Law of the Sea” whilst in Malta.
French Constitutional Law : (Wednesday 28th March) Prof Jean-Yves CHEROT, Professor at the University Paul Cézanne Aix-Marseille, will be giving a lecture on “Constitutional law and the functioning of the political institutions and political systems in France” followed by a more general lecture : “Political institutions and political systems in France” .
European Union - Social Europe : (Thursday 29th March) Prof Pierre MAZIERE, Professor of European and international social law at Université Paris V, will be delivering a conference on Social Europe to students of the EDRC and another conference to the MESA members at the Radisson Hotel.
Globalisation : (Thursday 29th March) The Department of International Relations will be organising an event entitled “Exploring Globalisation and International Citizenship”. The discussion led by Dr Carmen Sammut will involve other lecturers from the International Relations Department as well as Dr Pierre MAZIERE, Professor of European and international social law at Université Paris V and Mr Michel HERMITTE, French Economic and Commercial Counsellor. A debate will follow after the screening of a documentary film provided by the French Embassy : ‘Mondialisation, violence ou dialogue ?’ - (Globalisation, violence or dialogue ?) by Patrice Barrat - France 2002.
Translation and Interpretation : (26th - 27th March) Mr Jean VIVIES, Vice-Président de l’University Aix en Provence-Marseille, and Mme Sophie VALLAS, will be in Malta to present the setting-up of a Masters in translation and to organise student and lecturers exchanges.
French week on Campus FM : (26th -30th March) Six radio programmes will be dedicated to French culture, art, literature, French influence in Malta, French music and cinema. special editions of What’s on Campus, Cinescena, Ilbies l-Imperatur, and Il-Belt Valletta for a special focus on France and its rich culture.
French Films : (26th - 30th March) A French Film will be screened everyday starting by the « l’Auberge espagnole » to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the ERASMUS exchange programme.
Exhibitions : (26th - 30th March) Various Exhibitions will be around campus : Human Rights, Water and Research, France and Technology, Biodiversity, French Medicine, French Cinema