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Title: Project Maine France (Quebec)

Project Maine France (Quebec)
  • Faculty Delegation Trip

  • Specific Goals and Purpose of PMFQ
  • To help realize the UMS vision for international
    study by creating and sustaining a robust network
    of academic relationships with partner
    institutions in France and Quebec, thus providing
    a possible model for partnerships with other
    regions of the world.
  • To provide a cost effective means for all
    campuses to increase their involvement in
    international programs through a centralized
    support structure.
  • To engage in collaborative research with France
    and the EU (and Quebec) in areas directly
    relevant to building Maines economy and
    enhancing Maines participation in the global
  • To help students, faculty, and others develop
    linguistic and cultural knowledge and skills
    through a wide range of opportunities both in
    France and Quebec.
  • To support the goals and directions of the UMS
    Strategic Plan.

  • Quebec
  • Université de Québec
  • France
  • lUniversité du Maine (LeMans)
  • lUniversité dAngers
  • lUniversité de Nantes
  • lUniversité de Bretagne Occidentale
  • lÉcole Supérieure des Beaux Arts au Mans
  • lIUFM Pays de la Loire (a institute for teacher
  • THEODILE (a research laboratory at lUniversité
    de Lille III)
  • lIUFM Nord Pas-de-Calais (a second institute
    for teacher preparation)
  • IFREMER (the French National Institute for Marine
  • Paris 12, la Faculté dAdministration et
    Relations Internationales

Significant Activities To Date
  • April 2005
  • Completion of an inventory of all the current
    collaborative activity between the UMS and our
    academic partners in France.
  • October 2005
  • A high-level delegation, including the UMS
    chancellor and vice chancellor, two UMS
    presidents, and two provosts, visited the four
    French universities who are members of the
    University Network of the Western Atlantic
    (LeMans, Angers, Nantes, and Brest) to sign a
    formal, system-level agreement. A formal Intent
    to Cooperate was also signed with the College of
    Administration and International Relations at the
    University of Paris XII. The October delegation
    visit was coordinated with Governor Baldaccis
    trade mission visit to France.
  • December 2005
  • Professor Martin Rogoff from the U Maine Law
    School visited four law schools in France
    December 2005 - representatives from IFREMER (the
    French National Research Institute for Marine
    Studies), with whom we visited in June 2005, came
    to Maine to visit our marine science field
    stations and discuss collaborative research
    opportunities with marine researchers here.
  • January 2006
  • Monsieur Gautier, the French Consul in Boston,
    visited Maine and spent some time at USM with
    Rich Pattenaude learning more about the UMS
    partnerships in France.  Some of the impetus for
    the visit came from Christian Tual, the French
    Embassy education liaison in Washington D.C.
  • January 2006
  • Stephanie Welcomer from the University of Maine
    School of Business taught at the Université
  • February 2006
  • During her February 2006 trip to France to
    oversee the UMF semester-long study abroad
    program at LeMans, Sylvie Charron met with the
    Ecole des Beaux Arts at LeMans on behalf of PMF
    to plan next steps in student exchanges between
    their program and the UMS. Our first Beaux Arts
    exchange student, Martin Roulet, came to study at
    USM this Spring (2006) with Jan Piribeck in the
    Fine Arts department.

Significant Activities To Date
  • March 2006
  • Tiane Donahue visited the IUFM Pays-de-la Loire
    and the IUFM Nord-Pas-de-Calais as well as the
    THEODILE research laboratory at Lille III to
    pursue opportunities for student exchange (IUFM
    PdlL), faculty exchange (with all three
    entities), and research collaboration (primarily
    with IUFM NPdC and THEODILE) in the area of
    teacher formation and research on teaching and
    learning in preparation for the May Faculty Tour.
  • March 2006
  • George Criner, chair of the Department of
    Resource Economics at the University of Maine
    visited the University of Angers and the Faculté
    dAdministration et Echanges Internationales at
    Paris 12 to launch an exchange of masters
    students and to discuss the possibilities of
    joint/dual degrees in resource economics.
  • March-May 2006
  • A uniform policy for all UMS student and faculty
    exchanges was developed and is being reviewed and
    approved by the system CAOs and presidents. It
    will be shared with our French partners during
    the May 2006 faculty delegation visit and
    reviewed and adopted by them.
  • April 2006
  • A delegation from UBO (Université de Bretagne
    Occidentale) in Brest spent a week in Maine
    interacting with colleagues on all seven
    campuses, deepening their understanding of our
    university system and the mission and programs of
    each of the seven campuses, and making specific
    plans for student and faculty exchange and
    research collaboration between UBO and UMS.
  • May 2006
  • Faculty Delegation Trip Fine Arts , Business,
    Social Sciences and Teacher formation
  • June 2006
  • Angers Delegation Visit to Maine
  • October 2006
  • The four presidents of the RUOA universities are
    planning a visit to Maine and the UMS.

Faculty Delegation to France
  • Teacher Preparation/Formation (Facilitator
    Tiane Donahue, UMF)
  • Ann E. LYNCH, UMF, (Teacher Education)
  • Eric PANDISCIO, UM, (Mathematics Education)
  • François AMAR, UM (Chemistry, Science Education)
  • Business (Facilitator Jane Smith, UM)
  • David VANDERLINDEN, USM, (International Finance,
  • Anthony GAUVIN, UMFK, (eCommerce, eMarketing)
  • Fine Arts (Facilitator Claire Davidshofer,
  • Rose MARASCO USM (Art)
  • Susan E. PICINICH USM (Theatre Design)
  • Elizabeth Roberts McFALLS UMF (Digital New Media,
    Fine Arts)
  • Social Science/Humanities (Facilitator Jane
    Smith, UM)
  • Kristin LANGELLIER UM (Communication)
  • Elizabeth HAZARD UMA (International Relations
  • Francesca VASSALLO USM (Political Science)

University Visits
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  • Noella Gaigeot, who teaches English at the
    IUT,(institut universitaire de technologie) was
    very interested in student exchanges and

University Visits
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  • The Dean, Cecile Clergeau, was very receptive to
    having Maine students and suggested leveraging a
    program the have create in conjunction with
    Bentley College in Mass in Franco-American
    Studies in Business and economics. The program is
    for undergraduate students. It is reciprocal
    exchange with France and American student
    spending one semester abroad taking courses in a
    foreign language. This program would fit in with
    business students at all the campuses in the UMS
    system. I have subsequent e-mail conversations
    with Christine Bertail (coordinator of American
    Students at Nantes) and Cecile Clergeau
    reaffirming their interest in creating a similar
    program with UMS and sending French students to
    Maine (UMFK).
  • Discussion with David VanderLinden from USM to
    build a program that would allow business
    students from the small colleges receiving a BS
    in Business from their home campus, a Diploma of
    Franco-American Studies in Business and Economics
    from Nantes, and a MBA in International Business
    from USM.
  • Nantes also have a center for entrepreneurship
    that would match well with the Aroostook and
    Washington County Alliance for Rural
    entrepreneurship efforts (AWARE) but scheduling
    conflicts prevented my meeting with the director
    of the center.
  • Jean-Francois Le Beere from the Centre
    International des Langues was very interested in
    having American professors teach at Nantes but he
    was not sure where the funding would come from to
    support such an effort.

University Visit
  • PARIS - PARIS 12
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  • Paris XII is the most innovative and academically
    advanced of the schools we visited (at least in
    my disciplines) and they are very interested in
    creating a dual master (MBA) program with the UMS
    system (the UMS system is much less
    enthusiastic), the problem with collaborations
    with UM and USM is that both schools are AACSB
    accredited (PARIS XII is not!) which hampers
    such collaboration (classes at Paris XII would
    not count towards the UM and USM MBAs) .
  • I view the Paris XII proposition as a possibility
    for the tri-campuses consortium to provide
    students a MBA from the consortium and a Masters
    from a French University.
  • Paris XII is the only University in France that I
    visited that understands eCommerce and its role
    in the global Society.

University Visit
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  • The school is located in the town (3 urban
    campuses) and public transportation is easy to
    use. The University strengths are its
    professional programs.
  • Talked with Bruno Daucé who is involved with a
    Masters Program in Internet Marketing. His
    curriculum is very cutting edge with many
    marketing research aspects. Bruno is however
    spending next year teaching in Spain.
  • Angers also house ESTHUA, center for Hotel and
    Tourism Management, which should provide some
    good possibilities for collaboration.

University Visit
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  • Visiting Brest was like a trip to Nova Scotia.
    The UBO Business and Information Technology
    faculty were very interested in any and all
    possibilities of collaboration and exchange.
  • I believe that UBO provide the best opportunities
    for students from the smaller UMS campuses..
  • Daniel Madec at the IUT (2 year vocational school
    equivalent to our Maine Community College system)
    is very interested in creating across the pond
    collaborations between his student and ours.
  • UBO also does a lot of work in sustainability and
    could be a good match for UMFKs Center for
    Sustainable Rural development.

General Impressions
  • France, as is all countries in the EU, has a new
    system of matriculation in higher education
    called the LMD (License/master/doctorat, 3/5/8).
  • French faculty members are government employees
    with jobs for life and fixed salary schedules
    that are discipline agnostic. An Assistant
    Professor with 5 years makes the same as any
    other Assistant Professor with 5 years experience
    regardless of the University or discipline.

General Impressions
  • What is the benefit for an American student to
    study in France?
  • If it is the desired outcome of a cultural and
    linguistic immersion, the same experience can be
    gained in nearby Quebec at a lower cost.
  • I believe that the best outcome for the student
    is exposure to the European Union and the
    differing political, social and economic
    constructs and the possible opportunities for
    collaborative learning. The exchange should build
    from the strengths of both the UMS and our French
  • There needs to be clearer direction from UMS on
    the following
  • Budgets to support PMF activities
  • Constraining factors that preclude certain
  • An understanding of the degree of autonomy that
    each of the seven campuses have under the
    guidance of the PMF outline.
  • While France has method for inviting professor to
    France the UMS system (with the exception of
    Libra) does not have a formalized method for
    inviting professors and limited funding to do so.
  • The PMF project also has implications for
    Admissions, Alumni Affairs and University
    Relations office (including development) that
    have not been explored.

Next Steps
  • Increase awareness among UMS faculty and Students
  • Create education Packages
  • Student going to France
  • Student coming from France
  • We may get 20 students from UBO visiting us for
    one week next summer
  • Need to create a semester long business
    concentration for French Students
  • Nantes is ready to send students NOW

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