Under the responsibility of the Vice-Rector of International Affairs and the Francophonie, the China office will allow UdeM to continue to forge partnerships in China and South-East Asia.
Building on its ties with several leading universities and organizations in China, Université de Montréal announces it is opening an office in Beijing. The announcement was made today in the presence of Premier Philippe Couillard and the Vice-Rector of International Affairs and the Francophonie for UdeM, Guy Lefebvre, in the context of the Quebec government’s trade mission to China.
“Over the past 20 years, Université de Montréal has forged ties with over fifty Chinese universities and government institutions, including the prestigious National Judges College and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences,” pointed out UdeM rector Guy Breton. “This new office will allow us to build on our partnerships in the country and foster student and faculty exchanges. This move will strengthen UdeM’s role as the leading Francophone university in China.”
The activities of the China office will extend to all aspects of UdeM’s mission, from teaching to continuing education, international cooperation, research and alumni relations. Thanks to the various partnerships and agreements developed over the past years, many Chinese students have had the chance to come and study at UdeM, while students and professors from Montreal have made the journey to China. Since the fall of 2014, 1,811 Chinese students have enrolled in regular programs offered by UdeM’s various faculties.
The rector of Université de Montréal will join the mission to China starting tomorrow. During his stay, he plans to meet with UdeM graduates and ask them to set up regional alumni associations under the auspices of a national association co-chaired by a Chinese alumnus and an alumnus from Quebec. With the collaboration of the Beijing office, their goal will be to maintain contact with alumni living in China. They will become veritable ambassadors for UdeM, allowing it to consolidate its role as a leader and influential partner in China.
The Beijing office will also oversee Université de Montréal’s activities in South-East Asia, where university activities are expected to expand considerably in the decades ahead. Our university is eager to step up its partnerships with universities in this region and our China office will certainly help us reach that goal.