AGU, Aix-Marseille University Sign Cooperation Agreement

AGU, Aix-Marseille University Sign Cooperation Agreement

The Arabian Gulf University (AGU) President Dr. Khalid bin Abdulrahman Al Ohaly recently received a delegation from Aix-Marseille University, spearheaded by the university’s President Professor Yvon Berland, to discuss the means to strengthen mutual cooperation between both institution in the field of Genetic Sciences.
In the reception, a cooperation agreement between both universities was signed by Dr. Al Ohaly and Prof. Berland, in a special ceremony that was attended by the French Ambassador to the Kingdom of Bahrain Ms. Cécile Longé.
The agreement sets the framework of exchanging scientific and technical expertise between AGU’s Princess Al Jawhara Al Ibrahim Centre For Molecular Medicine, Genetics and Inherited Disorders (ACMID) and the Genetics Research Centre in the French university.
It states that ACMID is granted the ability to conduct its own genetic testing, including more advanced tests, in order to become an international reference center for genetic research, and to exchange of information, articles, reports and educational materials to support educational programmes for each institution in areas of mutual interest.
The agreement also mentioned enhancing scientific communication and cooperation between both centres through mutual authorship of publications, documents and content, and joint organising of conferences and seminars.
Additionally, the agreement stipulates developing mutual interest in genetic diseases through the transfer of experience gained through the missions of French specialists (doctors and scientists) on the basis of a plan of action defining the proposed activities, in addition to setting specific frameworks for cooperation between scientists, doctors and epidemiologists in the fields of osteoporosis, mental disability, mitochondria, metabolism, , ear, kidney, skin, immunology, blood diseases, developmental abnormalities.
Facilitating the exchange of faculty members and visiting scientists on a short-term basis to participate in the teaching of research programmes and services was also cited in the agreement.
It is worth mentioning that Aix-Marseille University is one of the leading higher education and research institutions on the international level. Established in 1409, the university is distinguished for offering many specialties in the fields of medicine, medical sciences, arts, humanities, languages, law, political and economic sciences, administration, science and technology.
The university also expanded in the past few years by merging with the University of Provence, the University of the Mediterranean and the University of Paul Cezanne in 2012, becoming the largest French-speaking university in the world, consisting of more than 74, 000 students and having the biggest budget in Francophone states; EUR750 million.

Source : agu.edu.bh