The Mastersbeurs (graduate studies fair) was held in Utrecht on February 26 and 27. The fair is intended for students from the Netherlands who wish to carry on graduate-level studies (master’s or doctoral) abroad. The Délégation générale du Québec in Brussels and Université de Montréal took part in the fair at the invitation of the Embassy of Canada in Netherlands in The Hague. The University of Western Ontario and the University of Calgary were also represented.
Good news for the Canadian aerospace industry. Ottawa will provide the Canadian Space Agency with an additional $397 M over five years for the development of the next generation of radar remote sensing satellites.
The book fair is a yearly showcase for the world’s Francophone literature, and Québec makes it a point of honour to participate. Whether their works are published by Québec Édition, Écrivains de l’Outaouais or Éditions de la Bagnole, Québec authors come to Brussels to make their works known and to meet their readers at autograph sessions.
As it launched its new business mentoring program, the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce drew inspiration from the Québec model. It called on the services of Alain Aubut, a former Québec business executive who has become a mentor and the vice president of the Réseau francophone du Mentorat d’affaires (Francophone business mentoring network).
Under an agreement signed in Montréal by the Institut de tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec (ITHQ) and the All Japan Chefs Association (AJCA), apprentice chefs from Québec will be able to take part in internships in Japan and their Japanese counterparts will have a chance to participate in internships in Québec.
At a meeting in Québec City on February 25, Premier Jean Charest and Stanislaw Tillich, Minister-President of the German state of Saxony, agreed to step up bilateral exchanges, particularly in the economic and cultural spheres. Their meeting marked the 20th anniversary of official relations between Québec and Saxony.
Brussels, February 26, 2010 – The Secretary General of the Ministère de la Communauté française, Frédéric Delcor, and the Delegate General of Québec, Christos Sirros, will award the Prix Québec/Wallonie-Bruxelles de littérature de jeunesse 2009 (2009 Québec/Wallonia-Brussels prize for youth literature) to Québec author Dominique Demers for L’Élu : la grande quête de Jacob Jobin (Québec Amérique) and Wallonia-Brussels author Jean-Marie Defossez for Envol pour le paradis (Bayard Jeunesse), at the Brussels Book Fair, on March 8, 2010 at 1 p.m. (Espace Mille Feuilles, 117). The prize is specifically in the category of novels for young people 12 to 15 years of age.
As part of a mission to the southern United States that got under way on February 22, Minister Pierre Arcand stopped in Houston and Austin, Texas, to meet with high-profile private and public stakeholders. The meetings were a chance for him to highlight Québec’s expertise in fields like energy and the environment, aerospace, nanotechnology and life sciences.
Premier Jean Charest visited the US capital from February 19-21 as part of a mission undertaken by the Council of the Federation, in conjunction with the winter meeting of the National Governors Association (NGA).
To mark the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, secondary school students in Québec were invited to take part in a writing competition held by the organization Éducaloi. The Ministère des Relations internationales (MRI) contributed to the initiative by awarding a prize to one of the winning authors.