IPSA and Concordia University Renew their Five-Year Agreement

IPSA and Concordia University Renew their Five-Year Agreement

Publication date: Tue, 04 Feb 2020

The International Political Science Association (IPSA) and Concordia University signed their 4th Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Feb 3, 2020, to extend their collaboration until 2025. Founded in 1949 under the auspices of UNESCO, IPSA’s mission is to support the development of political science in all parts of the world. 

The signing ceremony was held at Concordia University’s John Molson Building in the presence of Concordia President Graham Carr, IPSA President Marianne Kneuer, Head of Partnerships and International Donors at the Minister of International Relations and Francophonie in Québec Patrice Bachand, representatives of the City of Montréal and members of various international organizations and other key actors committed to developing Montréal’s international influence. 

Concordia President Graham Carr welcomed the guests and highlighted the importance of internationalism and diversity for Concordia University by linking the long-standing relationship between Concordia and IPSA since 2006: “IPSA is a wonderful example of Concordia’s commitment to addressing major global policy questions of our time. It is through partnering with leading international organizations like IPSA that we deepen our engagement with the world.”

IPSA President Prof. Marianne Kneuer is thrilled about this renewed collaboration: “We are delighted to extend our partnership with Concordia. This new agreement reinforces our excellent relationship with the University We are looking forward to the next five years, during which we will conduct structuring joint-projects, such as the upcoming IPSA-Concordia Summer School on Applied Diplomacy taking place in June 2020.” Prof. Kneuer also thanked Concordia University, the Government of Québec and Montréal International for their constant support since the establishment of the IPSA Secretariat in Montréal in 2006.

Finally, Head of Partnerships and International Donors at the Minister of International Relations and Francophonie in Québec Patrice Bachand declared he is very proud of the relationship between IPSA and Concordia since it’s an exemplary and valuable model of internationalism. Mr. Bachand also detailed Government of Québec’s new policy to support and attract international organizations in order to contribute to sustainable development and the creation of a greener economy in Québec. 

The signing ceremony was followed by a cocktail reception.