The University of New Orleans has entered into an agreement to collaborate with the Université des Antilles (UA) in Martinique and Guadeloupe, a 6,000 student university located in the Caribbean. UNO will engage in joint academic activities with UA’s College of Education.
Leaders from UA visited UNO’s campus on Monday for a signing ceremony that included UNO administrators, faculty and staff, as well as Grégor Trumel, the consul general of France in New Orleans.
As part of the five-year agreement, UNO and UA will arrange exchanges of faculty, students and research as well as organize and perform joint research projects, academic seminars and guest lectures.
In September, UNO faculty members Richard Speaker, chair of curriculum and instruction, and Juliana Starr, chair of foreign languages, visited UA as part of a Louisiana delegation that was exploring opportunities to collaborate. UA is one of only two French-speaking universities in the Caribbean.
According to Speaker, this agreement will provide opportunities for UNO students to study at UA in order to improve their French communication skills and engage in a cultural exchange with UA students and faculty members. Those students may also benefit from paid fellowships offered by the French government, Speaker said.