The Canadian Embassy in France has organized a promotional tour across Canada for five correspondents representing prominent French publications, among them magazines and newspapers of general scope, as well as journals of special interest to students.
Accompanied by embassy spokesperson Normand Smith, these journalists were crossing the country between the 16th and the 22nd of January, with stops at universities in Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver.
The Canadian Embassy organizes a number of similar trips each year, in order to inform the French public about aspects and activities of Canada which are not well-known in that country. The purpose of this particular tour was to provide detailed answers to the questions of greatest interest to readers of these high-profile French publications, with respect to university education in Canada, with the underlying objective of encouraging prospective students in France to consider studying at Canadian universities.
Right: Principal Kenneth McRoberts welcomes members of
the French Press
Each hosting university was asked to describe the quality of education it offers, outline its research structure, and list the technology and equipment made available to students, faculty and researchers. Their presentations were also required to detail teaching and research excellence in their institutions, and demonstrate the importance of Canadian universities in North America.
On January 19th, it was Glendon’s turn to receive the delegation, representing such well-known publications as L’Express (France’s equivalent to Time Magazine), Les Echos (similar to the Financial Times), Le Figaro Étudiant, Campus Mag and La Croix. The journalists were treated to a guided tour, having a look at classrooms, residence rooms and the language labs, dropping in on a French-language student drama rehearsal, visiting GREF - Glendon’s French-language publishing house, and having a chat with Distinguished Teaching Fellow (and Glendon alumnus) David Collenette, former federal Minister of Transport in the Chrétien government.
The journalists were next welcomed by Associate Principal Louise Lewin and a group of international and exchange students and alumni, several of them originally from France. Lewin, responsible for student services and international exchanges at Glendon, provided the background information for this area. A special website, created for the visitors by the Glendon Liaison team, demonstrated the relevant topics and offered detailed information about the campus. This website will remain active so that once the journalists return to France they can still access all this information with ease. Next, the visitors had the opportunity to question the students and alumni about their Canadian and Glendon experience.
Left: Glendon Professor Alain Baudot, director of GREF, speaks to members of the French press
The visit ended in an informal reception, where Glendon Principal Kenneth McRoberts welcomed the members of the French press and invited them to meet and mingle with professors, students and members of the administration who were there to respond to their questions and exchange ideas.
Left: David Collenette chats with the visitors
Article submitted by Glendon communications officer Marika Kemeny