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Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

Cultural, scientific, technical and educational cooperation

French cooperation with Canada is two-headed: the legal framework, institutions, and budget envelopes are different depending on whether it is intended for Quebec or the rest of Canada.

France’s action in the cultural field is multiple. Priority is given to the cultural and audiovisual industries, educational cooperation, and the exchange of ideas. Largely co-financed, actions are conducted with public and private partners at the forefront.

Academic cooperation and research is particularly strong, including through exchange students and joint thesis direction. In particular, it is based on agreements allowing French students to benefit from conditions equivalent to those of Canadian students. Moreover, a France-Canada Research Fund (FCRF) was established in 2000 to support various exchange projects. Scientific cooperation is particularly active in new information technologies, energy (wind energy, CO2 capture, etc.), and in some so-called “privileged” sectors (agriculture, forestry and arboriculture, fisheries and oceans, medicine and biotechnology), and between major French (CNRS, INSERM) and Canadian research organizations.

Decentralized cooperation is growing rapidly. French and Canadian local authorities, particularly in Quebec, have partnerships in various fields.

Link: http://www.ambafrance-ca.org/

Updated on 05.02.12

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