Today, the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) affirmed its commitment to collaboration with Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), through the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding.
“CBIE and AUF share a strong commitment to internationalization,” said Larissa Bezo, President and CEO, CBIE. “We congratulate our AUF colleagues on their 60th anniversary, and are delighted, at this celebratory juncture, to affirm our collaboration at a time when Canada and CBIE seek to promote greater engagement with the global Francophonie community through education.”
“The signing of an agreement with CBIE is part of a common desire to support the internationalization and outreach of Canadian and Quebec institutions within the global Francophone space. Combining our expertise will allow us to exercise strong leadership with international education partners and to create unprecedented opportunities for international collaboration for our member. ” said Linda Cardinal, Regional Director for the Americas at the Agence universitaire de la Francophonie.” Based on a shared commitment to strengthen international education, CBIE and AUF agree to work in collaborative partnership across key domains:
- Support inter-institutional partnerships within the Francophonie;
- Create synergies across programming and activities organized within the Francophonie; and
- Sharing information and data of mutual relevance and priority.
The AUF brings together 1000+ higher education and research institutions (universities, university networks and scientific research centers) across 119 countries of the Francophonie.
The Canadian Bureau for International Education is the national organization dedicated to the internationalization of education and the expansion of educational partnerships between Canada and countries around the globe. CBIE’s pan-Canadian membership comprises 150+ colleges, institutes, cégeps, universities, school boards and language schools.
CBIE and AUF’s Memorandum of Understanding builds upon an initial collaboration established in 2018 focused upon the development of a training-research program in university governance in partnership with the University of Ottawa and the Institut de la Francophonie pour la gouvernance universitaire.