Saint-Joseph identifies itself closely with the principles of the Rural University and wishes to adapt these to the scale of the Indian Ocean.

Through education and research, the UROI seeks to improve, accompany, and stimulate the initiatives of the rural population. The aim is to encourage dialogue and co-operation between the various figures of the rural world.

It seems relevant to set up our project of the Rural University in the Indian Ocean, at a time when there is focus on decentralization and regional co-operation is being encouraged. The idea seems to us particularly appropriate since the other countries of the Indian Ocean zone are primarily rural in structure and are thus confronted with problems similar to ours.

- to carry out a global analysis by creating the conditions to anticipate developments (local and worldwide) to serve the population
- to stimulate and support the sustainable development of the rural world, thus contributing to improving the quality of life for the inhabitants
- to encourage and reinforce the capacity of the population to act while at the same time taking into consideration environmental questions

- to develop co-operation between various people and institutions, on a local scale, as well as regionally in the Indian Ocean, as well as on a European and even international level
- to support and widen local development initiatives
- to encourage a multi-functional approach to dealing with issues
- to make an inventory of experiments undertaken and capitalize on the results achieved

- to increase knowledge acquired and develop skills
- to consolidate and develop employment and encourage initiatives
- to increase the participation of the inhabitants in resource management and the development of their local area
- to ensure the maintenance and improvement of services
- to develop exchange networks

- a permanent structure, the Rural University of the Indian Ocean
- a scientific committee

A biennial event
- an opportunity for the local population to exchange with people from other parts of the world
- education and research
- organisation of events and conferences
- an opportunity to share local knowledge



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