Spotlight on Canadian Universities in Paris [fr]
“Canada Day” took place at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris on October 9th, 2012, with such Canadian and French guests in attendance as Ms. Geneviève Fioraso, French Minister of Higher Education and Research, and Mr. Lawrence Cannon, Ambassador of Canada to France, as well as presidents and vice-presidents from universities in both countries, particularly Mr. Amit Chakma, who recently submitted recommendations to DFAIT regarding Canada’s international education strategy, and the Vice-President of the Ile-de-France region (click here for the full list of French and Canadian participants).
The meeting closed with a signing ceremony for two significant cooperative agreements between Dalhousie University and the Université Européenne de Bretagne and between the University of British Columbia and Sciences Po Paris. This ceremony will be presided over by Geneviève Fioraso and Ambassador Lawrence Cannon.
CampusFrance has worked closely with the Embassy of France in Canada and the Embassy of Canada in France to organize “Canada Day” in Paris on October 9th, 2012.
A Country Day is a way of discovering the research and higher education system of a misunderstood country or one that you might believe you know well… I believe that these criteria describe Canada very well.
Our long-standing cooperation with the province of Quebec is both solid and structured. It is based on programs that have seen no shortage of success. Some of these programs, in fact, have been in place for more than 40 years.
With regards to science and universities, the Atlantic Provinces, Ontario, the great prairies, and the West Coast all have much to offer.
Their dynamic, competitive universities are highly integrated into their environments, encouraging innovation and working diligently to raise private funds. A better understanding of Canada’s unique academic ecosystem will certainly be useful when France proceeds with in-depth reforms of its universities.
The program for October 9th will also include the subjects of Canadian universities’ international and innovation strategies, student mobility, and measures that have been taken to reinforce cooperation between France and Canada. In order to present the most complete perspective possible on these matters, we will rely on the presence of representatives of some of Canada’s leading universities. Dalhousie (Halifax), UBC (Vancouver), Ottawa, Waterloo, and the University of Alberta are among the first to have accepted our invitation.
Finally, this will be an exceptional opportunity to develop your professional network with your Canadian partners, both present and future.
So, on October 9th, 2012, I invite you to attend this event at the Canadian Cultural Centre for a day full of information, new ideas, and, I hope, partnership.
Ambassador of France to Canada
- The complete “Canada Day” schedule is available here.