Project Maine France (Quebec). Faculty Delegation Trip. PMF(Q). Specific Goals and Purpose of PMFQ:
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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 Maine’s economy and enhancing Maine’s participation in the global economy.
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.
Completion of an inventory of all the current collaborative activity between the UMS and our academic partners in France.
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 Baldacci’s trade mission visit to France.
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.
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.
Stephanie Welcomer from the University of Maine School of Business taught at the Université d’Angers.
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.
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.
George Criner, chair of the Department of Resource Economics at the University of Maine visited the University of Angers and the Faculté d’Administration 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.
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.
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.
Faculty Delegation Trip Fine Arts , Business, Social Sciences and Teacher formation
Angers Delegation Visit to Maine
The four presidents of the RUOA universities are planning a visit to Maine and the UMS.
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.
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 MBA’s) .
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.
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.
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). http://www.bologna-bergen2005.no/EN/national_impl/00_Nat-rep-05/National_Reports-France_050125.pdf
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.
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 universities.
There needs to be clearer direction from UMS on the following
Budgets to support PMF activities
Constraining factors that preclude certain collaborations
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.