September 17, 2008
The University of Louisiana System and the Pole Universitaire Léonard de Vinci to Form Partnership
NEW ORLEANS -- The University of Louisiana System and The Pôle Universitaire Léonard de Vinci in France will sign an agreement Thursday that will strengthen higher education links between France and Louisiana. The signing ceremony will be held at the home of French Consul General Olivier Brochenin.
The Memorandum of Understanding between the eight-university UL System and the Paris institution will create a partnership that will allow students to attend college abroad for the same tuition they pay at home. The partnership includes students in business, engineering, technology, computer science and visual arts and generally covers the:
- Reciprocal exchange of faculty, staff and students;
- Development of international student programs, hosting of visiting scholars and study tours/summer sessions
- Organization of joint academic and scientific activities such as courses, conferences, seminars, symposia or lectures;
- Enrollment of highly qualified students in undergraduate and/or graduate studies;
- Development of textbooks, journal articles, or other scholarly publications;
The Agreement will be signed by University of Louisiana System President Randy Moffett and Assistant General Director of The Pôle Universitaire Léonard de Vinci Philippe Dubost.
"In this day and age, we must look beyond our borders and operate globally in order to truly provide a diverse education for our students," said Moffett. "I am excited to expand opportunities for our universities with this new partnership between Louisiana and France."
"This agreement is a great opportunity for the entire university system to develop its international dimension," said O. Brochenin, Consul General of France in New Orleans.
The signing will take place in New Orleans, on Thursday, September 18, at 5pm
At the Consul General of France Residence
2406 Prytania Street
French officials will begin a week-long statewide tour of UL System campuses on Thursday. The schedule is as follows:
Thursday, September 18 – Nicholls State University in Thibodaux
Friday, September 19 – University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Monday, September 22 – McNeese State University in Lake Charles
Tuesday, September 23 – Northwestern State University in Natchitoches
Wednesday, September 24 – Grambling State University (morning); Louisiana Tech University in Ruston (afternoon)
Thursday, September 25 – University of Louisiana at Monroe
Friday, September 26 – Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond
NOTE: To attend the signing ceremony or for more information about the university visits, contact UL System or French Consulate officials at the phone numbers and email addresses above.
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Contact: Cami Geisman
225.219.0270 | Cami.Geisman@la.gov