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Launching a new era in French post-secondary education at the U of R

By Dale Johnson Posted: September 1, 2015 1:30 p.m.

Unveiling the new logo for La Cité universitaire francophone: (left to right) Graham Fraser, the Official Languages Commissioner; Françoise Sigur-Cloutier, President of l'Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise; Vianne Timmons, University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor; the Honorable Scott Moe, Minister of Advanced Education; and Sophie Bouffard, Directrice of La Cité universitaire francophone.
Unveiling the new logo for La Cité universitaire francophone: (left to right) Graham Fraser, the Official Languages Commissioner; Françoise Sigur-Cloutier, President of l'Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise; Vianne Timmons, University of Regina President and Vice-Chancellor; the Honorable Scott Moe, Minister of Advanced Education; and Sophie Bouffard, Directrice of La Cité universitaire francophone. Photo courtesy of Rae Graham – U of R Photography.

The University of Regina is creating a cohesive academic unit for the delivery of university French language education and services.

President Vianne Timmons made the official announcement of the creation of La Cité universitaire francophone at a ceremony attended by representatives of the government, the University and the Fransaskois community.

The new entity combines the existing strengths of the Institut français and Department of French at the University of Regina.

“It builds on our traditions – but marks the beginning of a new era of French post-secondary education in Saskatchewan,” President Timmons told the assembled guests.

“This is in line with our Strategic Plan’s objectives of student success and community engagement,” she said.

“Today’s launch of La Cité marks a crucial step in the development of post-secondary education in French in our province,” says the Directrice of La Cité universitaire francophone, Dr. Sophie Bouffard.

“With its newly acquired academic status, equivalent to a faculty, La Cité is now able to manage and deliver its own credit programming, thus becoming a true university hub for studies, research, student services and milieu de vie in French on our campus,” explains Dr. Bouffard.

French education was first offered at the Regina Campus of the University of Saskatchewan.

The announcement of the creation of La Cité universitaire francophone is a result of a President’s Task Force on the Future of the Institut français.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed with the Ministry of Advanced Education and partners to collaborate on the delivery of post-secondary education in French in Saskatchewan.

The terms of reference of La Cité, including the new name, were unanimously approved by the University’s Board of Governors in July 2015.

“This reflects our commitment to serve post-secondary education needs of French speakers in Saskatchewan, and better positions us to serve our students and our communities,” President Timmons added.