University World News: Francophone higher education pledges digital cooperation

French-speaking higher education ministers and other representatives from more than 40 countries have agreed to cooperate in developing a global digital francophone university area, including a common website for sharing and distribution of common resources.

Members of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, or OIF, a Paris-based organisation of 77 French-speaking countries and governments, said they undertook to encourage reciprocal knowledge, circulation and free use of digital university resources between their higher education institutions. 

They signed the declaration at the conclusion of a conference organised in Paris by the French government and the OIF with support from the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, or AUF, on 5 June. 

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