A first in Plattsburgh Minister of International Relations helps launch a degree in Québec studies

Québec City, February 4, 2007 – Minister of International Relations Monique Gagnon-Tremblay will participate in the official launch of a degree in Québec studies on February 5, at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Plattsburgh. “I am delighted to take part in this launch, which marks a real first. Plattsburgh is the first U.S. university to offer such a program on Québec. Québec students have long shown a keen interest in the U.S., and this has led to numerous partnerships in the research and business sectors. Today I am pleased to see New York students showing the same curiosity and enthusiasm about Québec,” said the minister.
Leading to a degree, the minor in Québec studies offered by SUNY Plattsburgh features some fifteen courses covering Québec in general, the history of the French presence in North America, and Québec business and politics.
Québec front and centre

In launching the degree, Ms. Gagnon-Tremblay will kick off a full week of Québec-themed activities at SUNY Plattsburgh, featuring Québec films, foods, and a series of talks.
At the invitation of SUNY Plattsburgh president John Ettling and Institute on Québec Studies director Christopher Kirkey, the minister will also give a speech as part of the Annual Distinguished Québec Address. The purpose of this event is to recognize the key figures who have contributed to Québec's success. She will also present Québec's international policy, stressing the unique relationship Québec has with the U.S. and with the State of New York and New England in particular.

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