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fulbright signing

e-dition - October 19, 2007

UWinnipeg President Dr. Lloyd Axworthy (left), Vice-President Academic Dr. Brian Stevenson (centre) and Canada-US Fulbright Program Executive Director Dr. Michael Hawes signed an MOU at UWinnipeg.

UWinnipeg signs MOU with Prestigous Canada-US Fulbright Program

By Ilana Simon

The University of Winnipeg signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the prestigious Canada-US Fulbright Program on Sept. 28, 2007 to establish a Fulbright Visiting Chair at  the Richardson College for the Environment at The University of Winnipeg. The Fulbright Chair will annually bring a US scholar to UWinnipeg who will focus on research pertaining to environmental issues.

This MOU follows a Memoradum of Understanding signed last March between UWinnipeg and the Canada-US Fulbright Program at which time UWinnipeg joined the Network on North American Studies in Canada. 

Strengthen UW's focus on internationalization
The University's partnership with the Canada-US Fulbright Program will serve to strengthen the University’s focus on internationalization and open up opportunities for UWinnipeg students and faculty to lecture, research and pursue graduate studies in the United States, and for Americans to do the same at UWinnipeg.

“My role is to encourage deeper and more nuanced understanding of Canada, and the United States, through reciprocal academic exchanges,” said Dr. Michael Hawes, Executive Director of the Canada-US Fulbright Program, administered by the Foundation for Educational Exchange between Canada and the USA.

“Our goal is to engage students and faculty and enable them to share ideas and make their research accessible to relevant publics in both countries and participate more fully in various national and bi-national debates,” Hawes said. 

Partner with Premier Scholarly Program in North America
“We are honoured to be invited to partner with the premier scholarly and research program in North America,” said UWinnipeg President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Lloyd Axworthy. “Building on our traditions in excellence in Environmental Studies and Science with the new Richardson College for the Environment, the Fulbright Program will enable our students and faculty members to engage in academic programs and collaborative research in the US in this area and many other disciplines.”

The Canada-US Fulbright program is centred on study of Canada-US relations, trade, integration, public policy, urban and regional planning, communications, culture, environmental policy, indigenous issues, law and economics. Students and faculty members across a broad range of disciplines can participate in Fulbright.

Enhance Mutual Understanding
The bi-national Canada-U.S. Fulbright Program is supported by the Government of Canada, through the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, the Government of the United States, through the Department of State, and a large number of public and private sector partners.

The mandate of the program is to enhance mutual understanding between the people of the United States and Canada by providing support to outstanding students, faculty,professionals, independent researchers.

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas and has programs in over 155 countries.

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