Furthering Cooperation between European and North American Universities:
Developing Practical Proposals

York University,
Toronto, September 24-25, 2009

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The Offices of the Vice-President Academic & Provost and the Associate Vice-President International at York University in Toronto are pleased to be hosting the upcoming Balance seminar on September 24-25, 2009, which will focus on deepening the cooperation between European and North American Universities at the graduate/PhD level.  The intent for this meeting is to move from general discussion to concrete next steps.

York University is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year (2009). Despite being a young institution we have grown to become the third largest university in Canada, graduating approximately 8,000 students annually. York University is renowned for its unique interdisciplinary approach which enables students to combine majors in  different fields. York is also well known for its international programs and research, for example, the Schulich School of Business (ranked by Canadian Business magazine as Canada’s top MBA program and the Financial Times ranks the Kellogg-Schulich EMBA #1 in Canada and among world’s top 25 Executive MBA Programs);  Osgoode Hall Law School (Canada’s oldest law school and home of the country’s largest law library); and for its outstanding research in sciences, arts, fine arts, humanities, languages, and cultural studies.

York is in the north-west area of Toronto, the capital of Ontario and Canada’s largest city, on two campuses: Keele and Glendon, the latter being our bilingual (English and French) college hosting many areas of study. The Keele Campus is  home to the Ontario Archives, several art galleries, Tennis Canada, and 26 research centres including: space science, vision science, aboriginal and indigenous studies, history, and psychology. York is home to Canada’s only degree of its kind in atmospheric chemistry and Canada’s only space engineering program, as well as Canada’s largest Faculties in Liberal Arts and in Fine Arts. York currently has 45,890 undergraduate, 4,796 graduate and 3,238 international students studying full- or part-time.

York International and the Office of the Associate Vice-President International provide York University’s major institutional portal to the world of international experiences and opportunities. This office is responsible for all things international at York University and is proud of the prominent role internationalization plays in the strategy of the university. York University recognizes that humanity lives in a “global village” and to remain on the forefront of knowledge we must be global in our scope. To that end, York International negotiates international student and faculty exchanges, student internships, and research partnership agreements. It also liaises with visiting foreign dignitaries and delegations, organizes activities, promotes internationalization objectives for all of the University’s operational units, and maintains a public database of York’s International Connections. This office also provides front-line counter service to assist international students with visas, healthcare plans, and many other issues. York International is also proud of its Emerging Global Leadership programs for university and high school students to develop skills in leadership and communication.

We look forward to welcoming you to York University in September.

Patrick J. Monahan, Vice-President Academic & Provost
Lorna Wright, Associate Vice-President International

York University www.yorku.ca

Registration deadline: 4 September 2009
Preliminary Programme
Information about accommodation
Contact persons:

At York University : Carol Irving cirving@yorku.ca
Coimbra Group: Anna Quici

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Will you take part in the dinner on Thursday 24 September ?

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If you are interested in taking part in the social programme on Saturday 26 September (probably a day trip to Niagara Falls), please contact the coordinators