Published on July 13, 2022 Updated on July 15, 2022
on the 16 June 2022

On June 16, 2022, Lisa Philipps, Academic Vice President of York University, and Jim Walker, Vice President in charge of International Relations of the Université Lumière Lyon 2, signed the renewal, for a period of 3 years (2022 to 2025), of the cooperation agreement between the universities of Ontario and Rhône-Alpes, during a ceremony led by Tudor Alexis, Consul General of France in Toronto.

On this occasion, the member universities of the ORA consortium discussed the expansion of the current partnership. Beyond the renewal of the successful student mobility programs, the partners wish to deepen the relationship for the benefit of students. The discussions thus focused on academic issues but also on research. Different solutions are being considered, such as research internships, project collaborations or problem-based learning. This term, which originated in Ontario in the early 1970s, refers to a pedagogical approach that promotes student autonomy. 

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Each year, as part of the ORA program :
50 Ontario students are welcomed in Rhône-Alpes for a semester or a year of study, and about 15 of them are hosted at our university. 70 to 80 French students study in Ontario each year, and of them 12 from Lumière Lyon 2.

To learn more about the Ontario Rhône-Alpes program

The Ontario Rhône-Alpes program (ORA)
The consortium includes 15 Canadian universities from the Ontario Province and 12 higher education institutions from the Rhône Alpes region. Since 30 years, it allows each year 130 Canadian and French students to benefit from a semester or a year of study abroad. It also offers the possibility to about a hundred Ontario students to participate in linguistic and research stays.
Our University has been coordinating the program since 2009. Thus, our International Relations Office carries out missions for all of the Rhône-Alpes partners: monitoring agreements, organizing meetings and consultations between institutions, leading information meetings in Ontario and managing applications. On the Canadian side, York University is the coordinating institution for the program.
Frank Marchetti, Chargé d'affaires of the French Embassy in Canada

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This mission was co-funded by the partner institutions and the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region.