Statement — U15 Welcomes Collaboration with French Counterpart “CURIF”

PARIS, FRANCE (June 28, 2016)—The U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities met in Paris today with the Coordination of French Research-Intensive Universities (CURIF) to discuss common issues and pathways for collaboration. The presidents of the 15 Canadian universities that The U15 represents were delighted to meet their French counterparts, to exchange ideas and explore opportunities to work together. 

CURIF represents 16 of France’s top 18 universities, educating 650,000 students per year, including 230,000 graduate students.

“Working with CURIF to deepen relationships among Canadian and French universities offers a historic opportunity to enhance the special relationship between France and Canada,” says U15 Chair Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waterloo. “The U15 looks forward to working towards greater cooperation in research collaboration, student mobility, industry partnerships, and many other areas of mutual interest.”