Florida France Linkage Institute
About the Florida-France Linkage Institute
The Florida-France Linkage Institute (FFLI) was established in 1989 and is one of eleven Florida bi-national institutes created by the Florida Legislature to promote business, educational, cultural, and scientific exchange between Florida and other nations and regions of the world. France is a major trading partner with Florida and has growing business and investment interests in the state. Similarly, Florida seeks new opportunities for business in France.
The Florida-France Linkage Institute serves a multitude of interest groups in Florida and France. The Institute provides opportunities for education, training, trade and business promotion, cooperative research, mutual technical assistance, and both educational and cultural exchange.
The Florida-France Linkage Institute is governed by an advisory committee made up of representatives from the academic, private, and public sectors. Institute directors in Florida are Dr. Marianella Jost from the Florida State University, Dr. Martine Wagner from the University of South Florida, and a representative (TBA) from Miami Dade College. The Consulate General of France and the French Cultural Services in Miami were instrumental in the creation of the Florida-France Institute and have lent strong and continuous support to its initiatives and activities.
The Florida-France Linkage Institute links the resources of Florida's public universities and community and state colleges with those of state government and businesses to forge a network of partnerships with French educational, governmental, and private sector institutions.
Meet the FFLI co-director Dr. Martine Wagner at USF
Dr. Martine Wagner is an associate professor of French in the department of World Languages at the University of South Florida. She joined the USF St. Petersburg campus in 2003 after completing her Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Paris IV, Sorbonne. She is also agrégée of Modern Letters. She teaches courses and does research in French language, Francophone cultures, and literatures. She received teaching awards from the USF St. Petersburg campus and the College of Arts and Sciences as well as a USF Global Achievement Award Honorary Mention for her commitment to global awareness and education.