The Agence universitaire de la Francophonie is a global association of French-speaking higher education and research institutions created more than 50 years ago. It brings together 1007 universities on five continents in 119 countries. It is also the higher education and research operator of the Francophonie Summit.
The AUF works for a francophone university committed to the economic, social and cultural development of societies. It operates in ten regions of the world, including the Middle East.
Based in Beirut (Lebanon), since 1993, the Middle East regional directorate runs a network of 89 members in 16 countries: Saudi Arabia, Cyprus, Djibouti, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Ethiopia, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine , Pakistan, Qatar, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.