New agreement between institutions in Lyon and Ottawa

Posted on Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The University of Ottawa, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 and the Hospices Civils de Lyon have laid the groundwork for a new partnership in the life sciences, health sciences and medicine.

A letter of intent was signed on November 3 by the three parties today at Rideau Hall during a visit by the president of France, François Hollande.

“We look forward to increased collaboration between France and Canada in both education and research,” says the president of the University of Ottawa, Allan Rock. “We have already developed close ties with institutions in Lyon and have agreements in place in a number of fields, including political science, law and catalysis science. We're happy to be able to add the field of health, an important focus of research for both our countries.”

The document acknowledges Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, the Hospices Civils de Lyon and the University of Ottawa intend to:

  • Develop and promote internships and short-term exchanges for medical students
  • Exchange best practices related to creating medical education programs
  • Develop stronger ties for conducting research in the biomedical sciences and to develop new joint research programs and conferences
  • Develop joint university programs through the use of innovative teaching technologies

A cooperation agreement between the three parties will address the specific details of the elements addressed in the agreement.

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