The city of Sherbrooke played host to an impressive French delegation primarily from Montpellier and the Languedoc-Roussillon region for a week of discussions on France and Québec. Focusing on academic affairs, science, politics and tourism, the activities began on October 4 and 5 with the 3rd meeting of professionals responsible for university cooperation between France and Québec.
This meeting was under the responsibility of the Conseil franco-québécois de coopération universitaire (CFQCU, France-Québec council for university cooperation) and was supported by the Ministère des Relations internationales and the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport. The France-Québec exchanges continued on October 6, 7 and 8 with the third edition of the Rencontres scientifiques universitaires Sherbrooke-Montpellier.
Over 450 students, academics, scientists and representatives from the political, municipal and regional arenas in Languedoc-Roussillon and the Eastern Townships took part in these activities. Representatives from Europe, the United States, South America and the Middle East also attended. The Rencontres Sherbrooke-Montpellier have been held biennially on an alternating basis in both cities since 2006. The meetings provide an opportunity to put forward agreements, particularly with respect to higher education, politics, the economy and tourism.
The CFQCU was created on July 4, 2008 during the 15th alternating meeting of French prime ministers and Québec premiers in response to needs expressed by universities in France and Québec regarding the growing internationalization of knowledge-based economy networks. The CFQCU is managed by the universities themselves in partnership with the governments of France and Québec. Its goal is to contribute to the excellence of Franco-Québec academic cooperation as well as to its international expansion and influence.
CFQCU (in French)