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26 Jan 2012

Visit by Haiti’s Secretary of State for Higher Education

<div id="agrandir" style="cursor:hand;font-size:10px;color:grey;/*margin-top:-1em;*/" onclick="popup.open('http://www.mri.gouv.qc.ca/PDF/actualites/Photo_001_500.jpg')">Click to enlarge</div> <span style="font-size:10px;color:grey;/*margin-top:-1em;*/"> Jean-Claude François (4th from left), Haiti’s Secretary of State for Higher Education, his delegation and representatives of the consortium of Québec universities during their meeting with Robert Keating, Assistant Deputy Minister, MRI (3rd from left). </span>

A Haitian delegation headed by Secretary of State for Higher Education Jean-Claude François, which included Université Quisqueya Rector Jacky Lumarque, visited Québec from January 24 to 27, 2012, following an invitation from the consortium of Québec universities composed of Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Université de Montréal, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) and TÉLUQ.

The consortium is working with the Haitian Ministère de l’Éducation nationale et de la Formation professionnelle to consolidate a partnership aimed at reforming Haiti’s education system, more especially, higher education. The visit by the Secretary of State was also an occasion to determine how these Québec universities and the Conférence des recteurs et principaux des universités du Québec (CREPUQ) could provide institutional support to the recently created Conférence des présidents et recteurs d’universités d’Haïti, which is chaired by the Rector of Université Quisqueya.

During their visit, the Secretary of State and his delegation travelled to Québec City to meet with Robert Keating, the Assistant Deputy Minister for Bilateral Affairs at the Ministère des Relations internationales. They also had an opportunity to hold discussions with representatives of the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, including Christiane Piché, the Assistant Deputy Minister for Higher Education.

Haiti is a priority for the Government of Quebec with respect to international solidarity. The reconstruction of the country is of great importance to Québec. The education sector is, moreover, one of five priority sectors for initiatives by the Haitian government headed by Prime Minister Gary Conille.

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