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A liberating experience

[Hanna Chidwick]
For the 2016 winter term, Hanna Chidwick (Artsci’17) studied at the University College Maastricht in the Netherlands for an exchange that was supported by the Liberation Scholarship Program. During her time in Europe, Ms. Chidwick took the opportunity to visit a number of cities, including The Hague. (Supplied Photo)

By studying for a semester at the University College Maastricht (UCM) in the Netherlands, Hanna Chidwick (ArtSci’17) gained the learning experience she was looking for.

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She also gained valuable life experience.

Through the exchange, facilitated by the International Programs Office at Queen’s and supported through the Liberation Scholarship Program, the Global Development Studies student spent the 2016 winter term at UCM furthering her education, while at the same time gaining a better understanding of the Netherlands and its people, and meeting students from around the world.

What initially drew her to the school, however, was the preferred method of teaching at UCM.

“The reason I chose Maastricht is because, at the school itself, they do something called problem-based learning,” she explains. “This means smaller classes and more peer-to-peer learning. The students are really engaged in what they are learning and they are passionate about the topics they are learning about. It was an environment that makes it really easy to work with other people and engage with the subject matter.”

At the time of her exchange, Europe was in the midst of the refugee crisis and hearing from others, especially students from around the European Union, was an “enriching” opportunity for a global development student.

Ms. Chidwick says that by taking her learning experience outside of Canada, she was able to meet and learn from others who have very different viewpoints. She also found that she learned much from simply trying to communicate with other students who come from different backgrounds. Making those connections was a key learning point that will remain with her.

“I think I learned a lot from the challenges I had in connecting with others, trying to communicate with other people but also the importance in every aspect of my career, my university life, my academic sphere, of how much other people can contribute and how much you can learn from other people,” she says. “Creating partnerships in a sustainable way, I think that for me, was really instilled. I met so many people from all over the world and trying to maintain those connections and be open to always learning was the ultimate learning that I took out of it.”

She also learned about the bonds that link the Netherlands and Canada, which are the driving force behind the Liberation Scholarship. Exchanges, such as this one, are an opportunity she thinks other Queen’s students should take advantage of.

“I would definitely recommend and encourage others students to get involved in an exchange like this. The scholarship also gave me the opportunity to realize the connection between countries, the connection between Canada and the Netherlands, and the importance of that connection in our history and their history, and to bring that back here,” Ms. Chidwick says. “I feel that I have the responsibility now to represent some piece of the Netherlands that I experienced.”

Started in 2015, the Liberation Scholarship Program, funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, provides 70 scholarships to Canadians to study at Dutch universities. The scholarships are named in honour of the 70th anniversary of Canada’s participation in the liberation of the Netherlands.

For more information on exchanges available to Queen’s students, visit the International Programs Office in Mackintosh–Corry Hall, Rm. B206, visit the website, or send an email.

Building upon a strong relationship

This week Principal Daniel Woolf is travelling to China at the invitation of Jilin University in Changchun as they celebrate the institution’s 70th anniversary. Jilin is a major Chinese research university in Jilin province, in northeastern China.

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“Expanding Queen’s presence internationally is a priority for me, and so I look forward to building upon the strong relationship we have with Jilin University during this trip,” Principal Woolf says. “As we near the launch of our own 175th anniversary at Queen’s, I’m also particularly interested to see how one of our international partners celebrates a milestone anniversary.”

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Principal Daniel Woolf and Yang Zhenbin, Chairman of Jilin University Council, sign the two-plus-two program agreement in April 2015.

Principal Woolf will take part in the host university’s forum entitled Inheritance and Innovation: Responsibility and Challenge: The Development of Higher Education from a Global Perspective, giving a speech on talent development in universities. Principal Woolf has also accepted the offer to be named an Honorary Professor of Jilin University.

“We are very pleased that Principal Woolf is able to participate in Jilin University’s 70th anniversary celebrations,” says Kathy O’Brien, Associate Vice-Principal (International). “With Principal Woolf and Queen’s China Liaison Office Director, Zhiyao Zhang, in attendance, we hope to further promote our collaborations with Jilin University and exchange knowledge about talent management in post-secondary institutions.”

Queen’s University partnered with Jilin University last year to offer a “two-plus-two” degree program in computer engineering. A delegation from Jilin visited Queen’s campus in April 2015 to formally sign the partnership agreement.

Finding a home away from home

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Jyoti Kotecha, Director of the Queen's University International Centre, fifth from left, stands the QUIC student staff as they prepares for the arrival of international students. (Supplied Photo)

When it comes to arriving at Queen’s University for the 2016-17 academic year incoming international students are the early birds.

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The majority of Queen’s students will arrive or return to the university over the next two weeks but many international students are already here settling into a new university and possibly a new culture.

Hard at work helping provide the needed support are the staff and volunteers of the Queen’s University International Centre (QUIC). With an increasing number of international students arriving each year QUIC has likewise expanded its programming and services to help with the transition period, creating a solid foundation for their Queen’s experience.

At the centre of all the efforts is welcoming the new arrivals into the community, explains QUIC Director Jyoti Kotecha.

“This is their home away from home. We want to make sure that they feel they have a safe place where they can go, relax and rest,” she says. “So a lot of the activities apart from the official orientation sessions that we give really focus around building a community for them.”

The effort to welcome the international students begins long before they arrive, with planning sessions starting early in the calendar year. Through the Acculturation and Transition to Life and Academic Success (ATLAS) program students take part in Orientation Week activities while a newly-designed series of webinars throughout the summer provides information and helps students make the connections they need.

“We presented webinars to answer questions such as how do they get here, things to be thinking about and to let them know the type of support not only that we give them as they try to settle in to campus at Queen’s and in Kingston but also what our partners around student affairs offer them,” Ms. Kotecha says. “This includes student wellness, student housing support, fitting in and finding your social network, and peer mentoring groups.”

Also new this year is the introduction of a self-serve online portal, created by IT Services, that allows students to complete their registration for the University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) without having to come into the QUIC offices, as was required previously. The development of the portal was led by Steacy Tibbutt, the UHIP administrator at QUIC.

“In the past every student had to come here to QUIC to physically talk to our UHIP administrator and get their proof of insurance,” Ms. Kotecha says, adding that in the first week alone more than 900 students registered before even arriving at Queen’s. “The students can log in at home. They are asked four very simple questions and they can print their UHIP coverage at home at whatever time that they want to do this.”

Looking forward to the academic year, QUIC has also partnered with the Student Experience Office and is offering academic peer mentoring through the Q Success program.

It’s a new world for many of the newly-arriving students and QUIC offers basic supports such as providing information on everything from transit to cultural adjustment, explains Hana Stanbury, QUIC Student Programs: Promotion and Volunteer Coordinator. Housing can also be an issue and to help fill in any gaps a partnership with Queen’s Residences provides students a temporary place to stay until more permanent accommodations are set up.

“That is very helpful,” Ms. Stanbury says. “So when the international students arrive they can  spend few nights there.”

QUIC is currently offering extended hours of operation until Sunday, Sept. 11: Weekdays 8:30 am-8 pm; Weekends and Labour Day (Monday, Sept 5) 1 -8 pm.

For more information about QUIC and the services it offers visit the website or visit the office in the John Deutsch University Centre (JDUC).

Program brings Indigenous students together

  • Queen's graduate student Shyra Barberstock receives a gift of pounamu (greenstone) at the farewell event for the Matariki Network Indigenous Student Mobility Program. (University of Otago)
    Queen's graduate student Shyra Barberstock receives a gift of pounamu (greenstone) at the farewell event for the Matariki Network Indigenous Student Mobility Program. (University of Otago)
  • Natasha Stirrett, a graduate student at Queen's University, thanks the organizers of the inaugural Matariki Network Indigenous Student Mobility Program at the University of Otago. (University of Otago)
    Natasha Stirrett, a graduate student at Queen's University, thanks the organizers of the inaugural Matariki Indigenous Peoples’ Program at the University of Otago. (University of Otago)
  • During the Matariki Network Indigenous Student Mobility Program, the attendees visited the Ōtākou Marae, a meeting place of special significance in the Maori culture. (Photo by Shyra Barberstock)
    During the Matariki Network Indigenous Student Mobility Program, the attendees visited the Ōtākou Marae, a meeting place of special significance in the Maori culture. (Photo by Shyra Barberstock)

For Shyra Barberstock, a master’s student at Queen’s University, the recently held Matariki Network Indigenous Student Mobility Program offered her some amazing opportunities.

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First it was a chance to travel to New Zealand and learn firsthand about the Maori culture. Just as important, however, it was a chance to meet with Indigenous people from around the world and learn about their cultures.

“I love the whole idea of Indigenous people coming together from different countries to share knowledge,” she says. “I thought that was really powerful.”

Ms. Barberstock, an Anishinaabe from the Kabaowek First Nation in Quebec who grew up in Ontario, attended the program along with fellow Queen’s graduate students Colin Baillie and Natasha Stirrett, as well as Kelsey Wrightson, a post-doctoral fellow in Indigenous Studies.

A three-year pilot program, the inaugural two-week event was hosted by the University of Otago, starting on June 27, bringing together students from four member institutions of the Matariki Network of Universities (MNU) – Queen’s, University of Western Australia, England’s Durham University and Dartmouth College in the United States –  to foster cultural exchanges and the understanding of issues affecting Indigenous communities.

During the two weeks, participants heard from Maori scholars how geography, economics and politics influenced the social, cultural and economic development of the Maori. They were also encouraged to think critically about what being Indigenous means, and about how to address issues in their own communities – whether First Nations or Australian Aboriginal.

The learning experience also took place outside the classroom and the group visited a pair of maraes, meeting places that are a vital part of Maori life.

“That was really special, getting the teachings from them and learning more about their stories, and what’s important to them,” Ms. Barberstock says. “What I found really interesting is that the Maori people definitely have a very different history than the First Nations here in Canada. But there are synergies in the values of First Nations people and Maori people, that community mindedness, wanting to do things for the good of the community.”

In her master’s thesis, Ms. Barberstock is exploring if there can be a connection between innovation and reconciliation. Through this she is connecting with Indigenous entrepreneurs and finding out the narrative behind their business and seeing if social innovation can contribute to reconciliation in Canada. An entrepreneur herself, the trip allowed her to gain a deeper understanding of her connections with Maori partners.

At the same time she also says that she was impressed by the work being done to preserve the Maori language. At Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ōtepoti, a Māori immersion elementary school, the Matariki participants were welcomed by a group of schoolchildren who sang in the Maori language and were well-versed in the cultural protocols of their people.

“That was really interesting because it really inspired me and really got me thinking about things that we could do over here because loss of Indigenous languages is a big deal here in Canada,” she says. “A lot of Indigenous languages are going extinct and we really need a revival of Indigenous languages here. I was really inspired by their immersion.”

Next year the Matariki Indigenous Student Mobility Programme will be hosted at the University of Western Australia, with Dartmouth College following up in 2018.

The Matariki Network of Universities (MNU) is an international group of leading, like-minded universities, each amongst the most historic in its own country, and recognized as being: a premier place of advanced learning; research-intensive across a broad subject base; focused on providing a high-quality student experience; flexible, modern, innovative, comprehensive and globally oriented. To learn more about the opportunities available visit the international page of the Queen’s website and the MNU website.

Fostering international collaboration

Dr. Karol Miller from the University of Western Australia talks about his research during the School of Computing Distinguished Speaker Seminar on Monday, July 18. (University Communications)

Through his research, Karol Miller, a professor at the University of Western Australia and the director of the Intelligent Systems for Medicine Laboratory (ISML), is hoping to create methods and tools which will enable “a new era of personalized medicine.”

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The ISML, which aims to improve “clinical outcomes through the appropriate use of technology,” specializes in computational biomechanics in the areas of surgical simulation and image-guided surgery. Professor Miller is also a director of Computational Geomechanics Laboratory.

This has led Dr. Miller to collaborate with partners such as Gabor Fichtinger (School of Computing), the director of the Laboratory for Percutaneous Surgery (Perk Lab), which is a world leader in the development of enabling technology for image-guided medical procedures.

During a recent visit to the Queen’s University, Dr. Miller delivered a School of Computing Distinguished Speaker Seminar on Monday, July 18. The visit was supported by the Principal’s Development Fund.

As Dr. Miller explains, the work of the two labs is complementary.

“(Dr. Fichtinger’s) lab is truly the world’s best in what I call mechatronics integration in the operating theatre – getting all these various pieces of technology to work reliably together. This is not a trivial thing,” he says, adding that the modern operating room is an increasingly complex, technological theatre. “This is great for us because our expertise is in the computational biomechanics for medicine and numerical methods. So we can provide leading methods in computational science which potentially blend with Gabor’s work because then he can then make all this connect to (devices) within the operating theatres.”

Dr. Miller is a leading expert in the biomechanics of soft tissues such as the prostate, breast, liver and kidney, and is the world’s most cited author in computational biomechanics of the brain. Surgery involving soft tissues, such as the removal of tumours, is extremely difficult as the tissue moves even with the insertion of a needle, making pre-operative diagnostic images, such as an MRI, inapplicable.

“We were just talking about breast surgery for tumours and then subsequent radiotherapy. (The Perk Lab has) developed outstanding methods for surgical guidance and surgical navigation. We are able to contribute additional modules based on computational mechanics which compensate for soft tissue motion, because we can compute in real time how the breast deforms during the surgery,”Dr. Miller says. “Of course with the movement of the breast, the deformation of the breast, the target of the lesion moves so it creates a challenge for the surgeon. You don’t want to dissect something that is not the tumour.” 

Helping to foster the ongoing collaboration is that Queen’s and UWA are both members of the Matariki Network of Universities, an international group of seven universities that focuses on research partnerships and undergraduate teaching. Dr. Fichtinger, also the Cancer Care Ontario Research Chair, says that the network has helped create opportunities for further collaboration as well as the exchange of ideas and students and personnel.

Canadian politics, up close

The two-week program offers on-campus educational sessions and experiential learning opportunities through a number of field trips.

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    Students participating in the Queen's University Political Studies Summer Institute had the opportunity to speak with MP Tony Clement, current leadership candidate for the Conservative Party of Canada. (Supplied photo)
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    Students stayed at Watts Hall residence during the Queen's University Political Studies Summer Institute. (Supplied photo)
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    Students from China and Australia had the chance to visit some of Canada's most notable landmarks including Niagara Falls. (Supplied photo)

Australian and Chinese university students who want to learn more about Canadian politics have come straight to the source this summer.

Eleven students – eight from Australian National University (ANU) and three from different institutions in China – are attending the first-ever Queen’s Political Studies Summer Institute (QPSSI) from July 9-24.

The two-week program offers on-campus educational sessions and hands-on learning opportunities through a number of field trips. A highlight so far was a visit last week to Parliament Hill, where students met MP Tony Clement, a current Conservative Party leadership candidate.

Himangi Ticku, who is studying international relations at ANU, says she was intrigued by the summer institute because it offers a more dynamic learning experience than traditional lectures and readings.

“Back home maybe I wouldn’t have the time or opportunity to do a course on Canadian politics,” she says. “The summer institute was a good way to study Canadian politics in Canada, as well as travel around and make practical observations.”

Jonathan Rose, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Studies, and Elisha Corbett, a summer research student, developed the summer institute. As a visiting professor at Fudan University in Shanghai last year, Dr. Rose was asked if Queen’s offered any summer programs. Those conversations sparked the idea for the summer institute, and he moved ahead with the project with support from his colleagues and graduate students.

“Campus is underutilized in the summer, so we wanted to expand what is offered while at the same time combine experiential learning with traditional classroom instruction,” Dr. Rose said. “Our goal was to create a program where international students could examine Canadian politics, society and culture and explore how they interact and influence each other.”

The summer institute was a good way to study Canadian politics in Canada, as well as travel around and make practical observations.
— Himangi Ticku, Australian National University student

Faculty members, graduate students and invited guests lead the educational sessions. Brittany Shales, a Queen’s political studies master’s student, delivered the lecture on Canadian foreign relations last week. She welcomed the opportunity to share her research and learn more about China and Australia from the students.

“I’ve studied in France and lived and worked in Croatia. I really wanted to give back and share the international perspective I’ve gained from so many people,” she said after the lecture. “The students surpassed all of my expectations. They are bright and really want to be here. They challenged me to answer questions about Canada that I hadn’t thought of before, and it was a fantastic opportunity.”

Adding Australia

While the idea for the summer institute was born in China, the Faculty of Arts and Science worked to include students from ANU, which has an exchange agreement with Queen’s. As ANU prepared to launch a new learning-abroad program geared for first-year students, the university approached Queen’s about serving as the exclusive Canadian destination.

“We saw this as a great opportunity to raise Queen’s profile abroad,” said Hugh Horton, Interim Vice-Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science. “Queen’s campus is beautiful this time of year and quite welcoming for international students. Furthermore, our location near major centres enables an enriched student learning experience through interesting field trips. The response to the summer institute has been great so far, and we hope it is offered again next year.”

Last weekend, students visited Montreal to see the influence of French in Canada. The institute concludes this weekend with a trip to Toronto. Students will tour Queen’s Park and City Hall on Friday before enjoying free time on Saturday.

Visit the Department of Political Studies website for more information about the summer institute. 

Reaching out to Ukraine

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Queen’s faculty members have offered their expertise to a Ukrainian humanitarian group that is working to improve physical and psychological rehabilitation services for that country’s wounded veterans.

“The need is great in Ukraine right now due to recent and ongoing conflict,” says Heather Aldersey, an assistant professor in Queen’s School of Rehabilitation Therapy and director of the AHEAD project in the International Centre for the Advancement of Community Based Rehabilitation (ICACBR). “The School of Rehabilitation Therapy and ICACBR have helped develop academic programs in conflict areas or areas marked by poverty in the past, and we are always open to considering new international connections such as this one with the Guardian Angels Ukraine project.”

The GAU project is an initiative of the League of Ukrainian Women (LUCW), a Canadian non-governmental organization.  GAU originally made a connection with the university through the Queen’s-based Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR). Col. Dr. Vsevolod Stebliuk, chair of GAU’s experts working group and a special advisor to Ukraine’s Minister of Defence for Medical Issues, spoke at last year’s Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) forum about the challenges the country faces as it reforms its veterans’ health-care system.

We gratefully acknowledge Queen’s significant cooperation for this initiative, and the faculty members’ ongoing support, advice and assistance in facilitating professional collaboration on curriculum development for Ukraine.
— Lisa Shymko, Chair, Guardian Angels Ukraine project

“Col. Stebliuk’s presentation was a call to the entire physiotherapy academic community to help,” says Dr. Alice Aiken, Scientific Director, CIMVHR. “They have enormous rehab needs and no way to meet them. We have an outstanding educational system, and we were pleased to help.”

As the project’s leaders sought to develop the first master’s-level program physical therapy in Kyiv, Ukraine, they approached Queen’s for advice and guidance. Ten School of Rehabilitation Therapy faculty members agreed to share their course outlines with GAU, which will help inform the development of the master’s program. Dr. Aldersey and other faculty members also sent emails to contacts in their networks to share information about the initiative and alert them to possible teaching opportunities in the new program.

“We gratefully acknowledge Queen’s significant cooperation for this initiative, and the faculty members’ ongoing support, advice and assistance in facilitating professional collaboration on curriculum development for Ukraine,” says Lisa Shymko, Chair of the GAU project.

Visit the ICACBR and CIMVHR websites to learn more about their work.

Chemistry connections

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Queen's University recently hosted more than 150 scientists whose research interests involve the chemical element boron. This year marks the first time the Boron in the Americas conference has been held outside of the United States. (Supplied photo)
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Queen’s University recently hosted two significant international gatherings of chemistry researchers.

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Canadian, Japanese and German researchers gathered at Queen's University to share their latest discoveries related to catalysis and materials chemistry based on main-group elements. The symposium received support from the Queen's Research Opportunities Fund. (Supplied photo)

More than 150 scientists whose research interests involve the chemical element boron and its compounds travelled to Queen’s for the biggest-ever Boron in the Americas (BORAM) conference June 25-28. Held for the first time ever outside of the United States, the conference provided a forum for researchers to share their discoveries and ideas in boron-related chemistry with other scientists and partners. BORAM also gives students and post-doctoral researchers the opportunity to discuss their work with faculty members and industry representatives.

Queen’s Professor Suning Wang, a leader in the field of boron research, organized the conference with assistance from Professors Cathleen Crudden and Victor Snieckus. The conference featured 57 oral presentations and 55 poster presentations as well as several networking events on campus and around Kingston.

One day following the BORAM conference, Drs. Wang and Crudden hosted the inaugural Canada-Japan-Germany joint symposium, where researchers presented their latest discoveries related to catalysis and materials chemistry based on main-group elements. Seven research teams from Japan, three from Germany, and four from Queen’s gave 19 oral presentations in total at the symposium, which received support from the Queen’s Research Opportunities Fund.

This joint symposium developed as a result of the research network established between Nagoya University, Kyoto University, Münster University, Technische Universität Berlin and Queen’s. The research networks serves to facilitate joint research activity and support student exchanges to partner laboratories to gain valuable international experience. 

Recognized for promoting peace

Political Studies Professor John McGarry named to Order of Canada for work in world’s most conflicted regions.

John McGarry, a professor in the Department of Political Studies at Queen’s, was named today as an Officer of the Order of Canada, for his efforts to promote peace and stability in some of the world’s most dangerous and conflicted regions.

John McGarry (Political Studies) has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada for his "scholarly contributions to the study of ethnic conflict and for designing governance frameworks that promote peace."

"I first discovered that something pleasant might be in the offing when I received a voicemail, asking me to call the Chancellery of Honours in the Governor General's Office,” says Dr. McGarry. “I was floored when, upon calling, I was informed that I had been appointed to the Order of Canada. It’s an incredible honour for me to be recognized by my country.”

Over the past 30 years, Dr. McGarry has been a leading expert in the study of how political systems are ordered in countries or regions facing deep divisions along racial, ethnic, or religious lines. He has been sought as an adviser or expert by governments and agencies around the globe. Most recently, he has served as lead adviser on power-sharing and governance in the UN-backed negotiations in Cyprus that aim to reunify the island.

“The Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement and dedication to the community and to Canada,” says Principal Daniel Woolf. “As a leader in the study of power-sharing and governance, Dr. McGarry’s  research has contributed to peace in some of the world’s most divided countries and his expertise has been called upon by the United Nations to help solve ethnic and sectarian disputes around the world. On behalf of the Queen’s community, I congratulate him on this well-deserved recognition. ”

Dr. McGarry, who was born in Northern Ireland, says that receiving an appointment to the Order is a particular honour for him, as an adopted citizen of Canada.

“We are all very lucky to be Canadians,” says Dr. McGarry. “This is the best country in the world."

Dr. McGarry and his fellow appointees will be formally presented with the Order of Canada insignia by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston (Law’66), Governor General of Canada, at a ceremony to be held at a later date. Other members of the Queen's community appointed to the Order of Canada in today's announcement include TIFF director Piers Handling, Arts’71, Hon. Warren Winkler, LLD’13, (Honorary), Isabel Bassett, Arts’60, Harriet MacMillan, Meds’82, Michel Picher, Law’72, Deborah Poff, Artsci’77, and Glenda Yeates, Artsci’80, MPA’81

For more information about the Order of Canada, please visit the website.

Fostering connections in France, Belgium

Principal Daniel Woolf is taking part in the delegation of U15 executive heads to Paris and Grenoble, France this week as the group explores the French innovation ecosystem and its linkages to higher education.

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As part of the delegation of U15 executive heads to France, Queen's Principal Daniel Woolf met with Ambassador of Canada to France, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon. (Supplied Photo) 
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During the four-day trip, which began June 26, the U15 executive heads will meet with Thierry Mandon, State Minister for Higher Education and Research, and the Ambassador of Canada to France, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon. They will also be introduced to several Belgian university presidents during their visit.

“This trip presents us with a unique opportunity to learn from and build relationships with our French and Belgian counterparts who have a strong research presence,” says Principal Woolf, who is also the U15’s vice-chair. “The meetings in Paris will surely highlight strategies we can take at Queen’s to help increase our research prominence on the world stage, which is a continuing priority for the university.”

The U15 executive heads will also visit the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), the premier public research organization in Europe, which has been home to 20 Nobel Prize laureates and 12 Fields Medal winners. The group will then take part in a roundtable at Sorbonne Université, and later meet with the Coordination of French Research Intensive Universities (CURIF), a group of 16 of France’s top universities.

The trip will wrap up on June 30, after the executive heads meet with representatives of the institutions of the Université Grenoble Alpes, and visit the MINATEC innovation campus –home to more than 3,000 researchers, 1,200 students and 600 business and technology experts. 


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