Signature of two new cooperation agreements during Dr Heubisch's and Ms Hessel's delegation visit to Montreal


In the course of the visit to Quebec of the very first double delegation from Bavaria, two new cooperation agreements were signed Friday November 12 in Montreal – one between Université Laval and Erlangen University, one other between École nationale d'aérotechnique and Hochschule Augsburg. They both enlarge the spectrum of the Bavaria-Quebec cooperation in the fields of research and education. They also come as a remarkable crowning achievement of Science Minister Dr. Heubisch's and Economics Vice Minister Ms Hessel's visit to Quebec.

The first agreement, befitted with a five-year duration, was signed by Université Laval and Erlangen University as a part of the long-standing cooperaiton between Institut national d'optique and the Bayerisches Laserzentrum. This agreement fosters scientific research in terms of development and application of optical technologies in fields of interest to both partners.
Another agreement was signed between École nationale d'aérotechnique (ÉNA) in St Hubert and Augsburg University of Applied Sciences. This one focuses on education and technological research, specifically on exchanges between both institutions, commmon research and development projects, as well as the sharing of educational material. This partnership was made possible by the support of the government of Quebec, which contributed to the organization and financing of an aeronautics mission to Bavaria in February 2010.
Both specific agreements concern the aerospace industry, where both Bavaria and Quebec play a leading role worldwide, and of which both governments support the development. After the recent Bavarian investments in Quebec (Liebherr, Dornier, Josef Weiss Plastic) they are a new proof of the vitality and variety of the existing regional partnership. Moreover, the agreement signed between INO and the Bayerisches Laserzentrum is to be considered within the long-run, rich collaboration already existing between them.
Source: State of Bavaria Montreal Office