Alliance Francaise keen to continue working with UB
Dated : 21.04.2017
The acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Kgomotso Moahi, has welcomed Alliance Francaise’s initiative to continue working with the University in its efforts to advance the French language and culture. Professor Moahi was speaking during a courtesy call by the Alliance Francaise Director, Ms Aurelie Gbetta, on April 11, 2017.
She said UB had in the past enjoyed a long standing partnership with Alliance Francaise through which the Department of French in the Faculty of Humanities benefited from activities that the French Embassy organized such as public lectures. She said as such the partnership should not be allowed to die a natural death and UB was willing to assist in whatever way possible.
Professor Moahi was also excited that the UB Department of French and Alliance Francaise continued to engage each other because in the end it benefitted the students. The acting Vice Chancellor described Alliance Francaise as a laboratory for students to practise their French. “It’s an environment where they can get to practise their French,” she noted.
Regarding the limited resources, Professor Moahi said the UB Department of French and Alliance Francaise could capitalize on the human resource to come up with creative solutions to the problems that limited their activities.
Earlier on, Ms Gbetta had also reiterated the need for Alliance Francaise and UB to work together to harmonise their activities instead of working as competitors. Although she appreciated the good working relationship, she said for the past five years activities were few because of financial constraints and lack of a suitable environment.
However, Ms Gbetta was optimistic that the situation would improve once they move to a new place at The Village where they were in the process of renovating some old school buildings to turn into office space and host other activities.