Senghor Chair

Senghor Chair

Mission of the International Network

The International Francophone Chairs Network was established in 2003 by the initiative of the former Rector of the Francophonie University, Michel Guillou. The Network's mission is to consolidate Francophone areas to build institutional Francophone and develop it individually.

 According to its charter, the mission of the network is:

1. disseminate basic knowledge on history, geopolitics, Francophone institutions and co-operation,

2. conduct Francophone studies,

3. hold discussions on Francophone society and Francophone development,

4. promote cooperation between Francophone partners.

Today, having 18 chairs and 2 observers, the network operates in Africa, America, Asia and Europe.

The website of the Senghor Chair


Armenian Senghor Chair of Francophone 

Since its establishment (March 2011), the mission of the Armenian Senghor Chair of Francophonie has been to perform Francophone studies and confirm Francophone university partnerships. Within the scope of the mission, the Chair is organizing a series of conferences, often international, on cross-cutting and legal topics, giving legal rights to the Chair and adhering to the Statute of the International Network of Francophone Chair of Senghor.

  • The Chair is led by Prof. Jean-Marc Lavest:UFAR Rector;
  • Coordinated by Garine Hovsepian: Dean of the Faculty of Law of UFAR;
  • Assisted by Olya Harutyunyan: person responsible for the Faculty of Law, UFAR



Among the Francophone functions are:

• Cooperation with Armenian institutions during visits of Francophone delegations;

• Organization of French language courses for UFAR staff and lecturers;

• Promoting French language teaching at schools;

• Extension of French language teaching at the University;

• Mobilization of UFAR Alumni Network;

• MOOC Francophone 2016 (Allows students to validate documents: Nearly 130 students have completed MOOC, making Armenia the MOOC's most active participant country)

As for the conference, many cross-cutting issues were discussed during the previous academic year.

• Difference between trademarks,

• Surrogate motherhood, experience of France, Georgia and Armenia

• Problems and challenges related to enterprise management in Armenia;

• False medication and intellectual property,

• Supervision of parliamentary power;

• Citizen Engagement in Natural Risks Prevention;

• E-fame, cross-cutting of human rights and marketing.

Conference results are satisfactory due to a number of achievements: regional cooperation between Armenia and Georgia, interdisciplinary comparison, comparability of law in different countries, development of research work, as well as increase of students' interest towards the project.