Visit of a U15 delegation of universities’ Presidents in France
The Embassy of France in Canada, the French Ministry of Education, Higher Education & Research and Campus France set up a visit in France from June 26 to June 29, 2016 for U15 Presidents (from the 15 intensive research universities in Canada).
- Around the State Secretary for Higher Education and Research, Thierry Mandon, U15 University Presidents: Daniel Woolf, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Queen’s University; Elizabeth Cannon, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Calgary; Richard Florizone, President and Vice-Chancellor, Dalhousie University; Jacques Frémont, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Ottawa; Peter Stoicheff, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Saskatchewan; Guy Breton, Rector, Université de Montréal; Amit Chakma, President and Vice-Chancellor, Western University; Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Waterloo; David Barnard, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Manitoba; Suzanne Corbeil, Executive Director, U15.
The program included working meetings around the State Secretary for Higher Education and Research, Thierry Mandon, then the President of CNRS, Alain Fuchs. Later, the delegation of Presidents of Canadian universities met the Heads of Sorbonne-Universités and the CURIF (French counterpart of the U15). Another step of the visit brought the delegation to Grenoble in order to meet the heads of COMUE Université Grenoble-Alpes, Minatec and the CEA (French Atomic Energy & Alternative Energies Commission).
The goal of this visit was to show the most recent developments within the French System of Higher Education and Research. That was a good opportunity for the delegation of U15 Presidents to make institutional contacts. These contacts will be the basis for strengthening the academic & research linkage between France and Canada.