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Internationalizing higher education - a public lecture Jan. 16

January 04, 2013
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Jacques Frémont, a leading Canadian academic and an expert on international higher education governance, will give a public lecture entitled Internationalizing Higher Education: Adapt or Perish? at the Burnaby campus on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. in Halpern Centre.

“The universe of higher education is evolving at a pace unseen before,” says Frémont, director, International Higher Education Support Program, Open Society Foundations, New York.

He says student mobility, social media, university rankings and emerging economies are all raising challenges for universities and national education systems.

Frémont’s lecture, which is sponsored by President Andrew Petter’s office, will propose approaches that universities can use to adapt to this shifting universe.

Frémont is a former provost and vice president academic affairs at the University of Montreal, where he was also a law professor.

Now a professor emeritus, Frémont has spent the past several years initiating and leading major cooperation projects in the field of higher education, justice and human rights, particularly in China and West Africa (Benin, Ghana, Guinea and Mali).

He recently acted as consultant in higher education governance to the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of the Republic of Mali and for the Ministry of Higher Education and Universities of the Democratic Republic of Congo as well as for the Pan African Institute of University Governance.

Over the years, he has also served regularly as an expert on issues of human rights, good governance and democracy with foreign governments, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and with the Delegation for Peace, Human Rights and Democracy (DDHDP) of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF).

Frémont is the author of three books and more than 60 articles on constitutional law and public law.

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