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Collège Montmorency Receives Gold Award of Excellence for Internationalization

Halifax, May 29, 2012 – Collège Montmorency of Laval, Quebec was today awarded the Association of Canadian Community Colleges’ 2012 Gold Award of Excellence for Internationalization.

Fuelled by more than 25 years of innovative projects, the College aspired to an international approach to enhance the mobility of its students, encourage enrolment of foreign learners and develop partnerships to distinguish itself in the global arena. In the ten years since its Montmorency International service was created, officially adopting internationalization as a priority in its strategic development plan and part of its day-to-day operations, the College has been successful managing a wide range of international opportunities.

Notable among these is a joint project with the Canadian International Development Agency that gives the College a physical presence in three Middle Eastern countries. Collège Montmorency offers its History and Society course, l’Odyssée méditerranéenne, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2012, in Greece, France and Italy. In 2011, 400 students were involved in mobility and cooperation projects in 20 countries.

“Collège Montmorency is a sterling example of embracing international collaboration and implementing it at the strategic level,” said James Knight, President and CEO of ACCC.

The Silver Award went to Cégep de Sherbrooke, of Sherbrooke, Quebec and the Bronze Award went to Collège de Maisonneuve of Montreal, Quebec.

The Internationalization Excellence Awards were presented at the biennial congress of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics, hosted by ACCC in Halifax, May 26 to 29, 2012.

ACCC’s Awards of Excellence recognize and promote excellence in Canadian colleges and institutes. The awards showcase extraordinary contributions of individuals and programs to their institutions and highlight the role colleges play in social, economic and cultural development.

ACCC is the national voice for 128 publicly-funded colleges and institutes with campuses in 1,000 communities across Canada.

For more information contact:

Rosemary Lafrenière
Manager of Communications
Tel: 613-513-6291
Email: rlafreniere@accc.ca