On behalf of Pierre Arcand, Minister of International Relations and Minister Responsible for La Francophonie, Maryse Gaudreault, the Minister’s parliamentary assistant and member of the National Assembly for Hull, presented the 2009 Hector Fabre award to the University of Québec at Chicoutimi (UQAC) for a project involving the international provision of university programs. The award, which includes a $25,000 cash prize, was presented on May 15 during the meeting of the Union of Québec Municipalities (UMQ) in Gatineau.
Left to right: Stéphane Aubin, Professor and Responsible for master’s degree programs in Morocco, Maryse Gaudreault, Member for Hull, and Guy Robert, Professor and Partnership Officer for Lebanon and France. Photo: Normand Huberdeau
The UQAC has embarked on a mission to train students outside Canada by offering various programs in partnership with host countries. As part of the project, UQAC professors teach bachelor’s and master’s level management and computer science courses in countries such as Morocco, China, Lebanon and Senegal. The professors thus serve as ambassadors for Québec, promoting the province and the Saguenay-Lac Saint Jean region among young people around the world. Over the past 10 years, approximately 5,500 students have enrolled in the program and 3,000 have graduated.
In addition, the UQAC established an action plan in 2006 aimed at boosting the number of international students in Chicoutimi to 1,000 by 2010.
Mr. Arcand paid tribute to the ambitious nature of the program, which plays a key role in maintaining high-quality educational services in the Saguenay. “Thanks to this type of project, students from all over the world have discovered this magnificent region, thereby enhancing Québec’s international standing.”
Created in 2001, the Hector Fabre award is presented every two years by the Ministère des Relations internationales (MRI) to regional organizations undertaking projects aimed at boosting the international profile of a Québec region. Past recipients include the Secretariat for the Promotion of the Gaspé and the Magdalen Islands (2001); the Abitibi-Témiscamingue International Film Festival (2003); the Trois Rivières International Poetry Festival (2005); and the Reford Gardens Foundation (2007).
Hector Fabre—Québec’s very first international representative—was appointed Agent General in France in 1882.
Hector Fabre award (in French)