Renewal of a letter of intent to pursue academic cooperation between France and Alberta [fr]
The letter of intent signed on October 1, 2012 between France’s Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research and Alberta Education for a three-year period, has seen the creation of four academic partnerships between:
- The city of Besançon and Calgary Board of Education (CBE)
- The city of Nancy-Metz and eight school councils in Northern Alberta
- The city of Grenoble and Edmonton Public Schools
- The city of Rouen and Grenoble–Edmonton Public Schools
These partnerships benefit both countries as they provide opportunities for teachers to share information and expertise on learning French, teaching, curriculum, assessment, and teacher professional development. The students consecutively benefit from these exchanges.
While visiting Canada from November 2 to 4, 2014, French President François Hollande had highlighted the importance of academic cooperation during a round table called “Education” and the need to further develop them.
Agreeing on the importance of academic cooperation regarding many common subjects, France and the Province of Alberta have decided to renew a letter of intent for another three years.
France’s Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research representative, Mr Olivier Giron and Alberta Education Deputy Minister Curtis Clarke, PhD, exchanged copies of the agreement in a signing ceremony on May 19, 2016 in Edmonton. Mr. Jean-Christophe Fleury, Consul General of France in Vancouver also attended the event.
- On the France Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research website.
- On the Province of Alberta’s French Immersion Program by visiting their website.
- On the Province of Alberta’s accredited International Schools by visiting their website.