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UQAM signs two Japanese partnerships

The French-speaking institution Université du Québec à Montréal has signed new partnership agreements with Japanese institutions Keio University and Hiroshima City University.

UQAM's campus in Montreal. Photo:Jeangagnon/Wikimedia Commons

The new partnerships were signed during UQAM’s mission in Japan from May 28 to June 9

The partnership with Hiroshima City University will include exchanges with the Japanese institutions’ Faculty of Arts, International Studies and Peace Institute.

UQAM’s head of international relations, Sylvain St-Amand, said in a statement that a summer school in collaboration with Hiroshima City University’s Institute of Peace will be created.

“The new partnerships signed will easily allow to double the number of Japanese students at UQAM”

The partnership with Tokyo’s Keio University will instead concentrate on collaboration for artificial intelligence research.

UQAM foresees that the new partnerships will allow it to increase the number of Japanese students at the institution.

“Our programs in Japanese and the new partnerships signed will easily allow to double the number of Japanese students at UQAM,” St-Amand said in a statement.

The new partnerships were signed during UQAM’s mission in Japan from May 28 to June 9.

The Canadian delegation included, among others, the Mayor of Montréal Valérie Plante, UQAM rector Magda Fusaro, director of international relations Sylvain St-Amand and representatives of about 20 companies and organisations.

UQAM also held meetings with Rikkyo University and Kanda University of International Studies, with which it holds pre-existing exchange agreements.

The meetings have opened new collaboration prospects, the statement reads, and KUIS president has also been invited to UQAM next autumn, during the celebrations 90th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Canada and Japan.

The Mayor of Hiroshima, Kazumi Matsui, has also been invited to speak at a peace conference which will take place this autumn in Montreal.

Japan is the second-largest export market in Asia for Quebec.

Québec cultural ties with Japan encompass organisations such as the Japanese Association for Québec Studies and the Council for the Promotion of La Francophonie in Japan, which is now working to ensure the visibility of French at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

At the beginning of June, Air Canada celebrated the launch of the first non-stop flight between Montréal and Tokyo-Narita, a service which will run every day in summer and three times a week in winter.

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