In conjunction with the visit of Bernard Cerquiglini, rector of the Academic Agency of La Francophonie (AUF), the Government of Québec recently signed an agreement aimed at fostering and promoting academic cooperation with the AUF in various priority areas, including the rule of law, democracy, the environment and sustainable development. The agreement will make it easier for francophones from around the world to study in Québec.
The agreement was signed in Québec City on May 27 by Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie; Michelle Courchesne, Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports; and Mr. Cerquiglini.
“Québec plans to focus its efforts on the areas in which it can provide genuine value-added, particularly as regards strengthening the governance capacities of member states of the International Francophone Organization (OIF) on a priority basis. We also hope to foster intercultural dialogue and promote the development of relations as a way of complementing the needs expressed by the AUF and the available resources in Québec,” said Mr. Arcand.
Under the agreement, the AUF will receive funding to provide financial aid to doctoral students from francophone countries in the form of a supplementary tuition waiver. The five-year agreement is valued at $600,000, covering 20 scholarships of $30,000 each Since the supplementary tuition waivers constitute a partial scholarship, the AUF will top up the awards by covering the tuition fees for Québec students, the costs of international transportation and full room and board.
Ms. Courchesne said: “By making it easier for francophone students to come to Québec, we are reaffirming the key role of post-secondary education in developing the academic and science sectors throughout La Francophonie Research initiatives will be enriched by pooling our expertise. The signing of this agreement illustrates our commitment to enhancing the stature of francophone universities worldwide.”
Academic Agency of La Francophonie (AUF)
Québec and La Francophonie