The European Rural University in Saint-Joseph

The coming 7th, 8th and 9th September, the town Council of Saint Joseph is organizing the European Rural University of Indian Ocean. During those three days dedicated to rural areas, lectures and guided tours will allow participants to note how much the rural world of reunion people is dynamic, rich in perspectives and creative, especially in the southern Island.

During this occasion, more than sixty people coming from European countries and Indian Ocean territories will join the Reunion participants to attend to the European Rural University in Indian Ocean. It will therefore be 3 days of exchange between rural visitors from all horizons.
We will also have the testimonies of men and women working in rural environment, developing their own projects and participating in the development of their districts.

Since December 2004, the European Rural university of Indian Ocean held in Saint Joseph every 2 years, with the ambition to promote Reunion rural areas. In 2010, the commune has been chosen by the association of European Rural University to welcome and organized the 10th session of E.R.U.
It will therefore be the first ultra-peripheral edition of E.R.U. on a “small piece of Europe” in Indian Ocean.
Three themes are planned:

  1. Theme 1: Europe at the service of rural areas and their inhabitants
  2. Theme 2: Rural professions and women
  3. Theme 3: Cultural development, between heritage and innovation

Finally, the event will be the occasion to sign the bilingual council “créole/French” agreement, an important step to promote regional language and culture, in which the city council is committed side by side with the Office of Reunion Créole Language.

Discover now the trilingual program (French/English/Créole).



Three topics are proposed for the next European Rural University, which will take place on 7th, 8th and 9th September 2010 in Saint-Joseph :

- Europe at the service of the rural community and its inhabitants,
- Rural professions for women,
- Culture : between heritage and innovation.

16 November 2009