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14 Nov 2011

Academic exchanges drive relations between Québec and Russia

Efim Iosifovitch Pivovar, Rector of the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow, and Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, Minister of International Relations.

Interuniversity contacts have played a major role in the marked progression of relations between Québec and Russia for a number of years. The recent visit by Efim Iosifovitch Pivovar, the Rector of the Russian State University for the Humanities (RGGU) in Moscow, is a prime example. Mr. Pivovar met Monique Gagnon-Tremblay, the Minister of International Relations, to discuss cooperation and the activities of the Moscow-Québec Interuniversity Centre.

The Centre’s Québec headquarters are at Université Laval while its Moscow headquarters are at RGGU. It was created in 1998 under an agreement between the two universities with the support of the Ministère des Relations internationales. Over 300 students and professors have participated in exchanges since its inception and have opened gateways between the two societies. Université Laval has a major department of Russian studies while RGGU offers two Québec studies programs.

The Moscow-Québec Centre also serves as a relay for the organization of promotional activities by Québec in Moscow and for Russia in Québec, including the organization of conferences, cultural events and the publication of books and studies. It administers the Québec-Russia Award granted by the Ministère des Relations internationales.

Québec-Russia Award (in French)
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