During a seminar organized in Paris the week of March 26th, 4 inter-universities agreements between France and Canada were signed in the presence of representatives from the Ministry of National Education and the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs. Those agreements allow young graduate students in Français Langue Etrangère (FLE, French as Foreign Language) to carry on their studies in a French-speaking Canadian university, allowing them to then teach in French in Canada.
The 4 new agreements
- Grenoble-Alpes University – University of Alberta, Saint-Jean Campus (AB)
- Poitiers University – Université de Moncton (NB)
- Tours University – University of Alberta, Saint-Jean Campus (AB)
- University of Tours – Université Sainte-Anne (NS)
Those agreements are a consequence of the signing of a letter of intent, in May 2017 at the Embassy of France in Canada, between the French Conference of Universities Presidents on the one hand, and the Association des Collèges et Universités de la Francophonie Canadienne and Universities Canada on the other hand. It fosters a closer relationship between French and Canadians universities on the subject of Français Langue Etrangère. Many events had been organized following this event, in order to strengthen the relationships of French and Canadian universities about French-speaking education: a seminar, but also many visits and universities missions in France and in Canada.
This great success, supported by the Embassy of France in Canada, is a common and long-lasting solution to address the lack of French-speaking teachers in Canada and to develop the Francophonie everywhere in the world.