University of Miami and McGill team up
The University of Miami and McGill University announced today the signing of a strategic alliance in the fields of engineering and information technology. The McGill-Miami agreement will enhance joint ventures, grant-making opportunities, and faculty and student exchanges between both universities.
Strategic alliance for innovative research in engineering and information technology
The University of Miami and McGill University announced today the signing of a strategic alliance in the fields of engineering and information technology. The McGill-Miami agreement will enhance joint ventures, grant-making opportunities, and faculty and student exchanges between both universities. The signing was part of a Florida trade mission to Quebec led by Florida governor John Ellis (Jeb) Bush.
To encourage international academic relationships between Florida and Quebec, Enterprise Florida Inc., the State of Florida's official economic development organization, assisted in formalizing the Miami-McGill partnership along with local partners: the Government of Quebec, Montréal International and the Montreal Board of Trade.
The signing of the McGill-Miami alliance took place in Montreal in the presence of Governor Bush, Quebec premier Jean Charest, the University of Miami's Lewis Temares, dean of the College of Engineering and vice-president of Information Technology, and Abraham Varghese, director of International Marketing. Representing McGill were Ian Butler, associate vice-principal (research), and Frank Ferrie, associate dean, Faculty of Engineering.
"Establishing linkages between universities is an outstanding way to build mutually beneficial ties between Quebec and Florida," said Florida governor Bush. "Without question, the agreement signed between McGill University and the University of Miami will serve as an excellent mechanism to expand cooperative interaction, research opportunities and shared innovations among our regions."
"The signing of this agreement is a great illustration of the synergies between the University of Miami and McGill in the fields of engineering and information technology," said Quebec premier Charest. "This strategic alliance is only one example of the collaboration that can and should develop between the state of Florida and the province of Quebec."
As part of the faculty exchange and cooperation that will result from the alliance between the two universities, UM and McGill will write joint proposals to international funding agencies to improve research initiatives and increase the economic impact in their respective communities. With a budget of U.S. $1.3 billion, UM has a substantial positive economic impact on Miami-Dade County. Over the past 10 years, thanks to the presence of international and out-of-province students, as well as donations and international research agencies, McGill's economic impact has been more than $5 billion for Montreal, and the University has generated millions of dollars in tax revenue for Quebec (read more in McGill Facts on the web).
"This is an exciting international venture with direct technological, educational and economic impact," said Dean of the UM College of Engineering Dr M. Lewis Temares. "Students, faculty and businesses benefit from the studies and research accomplished by these reputed institutions."
Frank Ferrie concurred: "This partnership leverages the complementary research strengths of our universities, which both promote inter- and multidisciplinary research."
"As Canada's most international university, McGill is a key player in attracting some of the brightest minds from all over the world to Montreal," said Ian Butler, associate vice-principal (research). "McGill features Canada's largest body of international students — of which 1,500 are American. This McGill-UM partnership will help us continue to forge strong relationships with sister institutions the world over."
Students at UM and McGill will receive international educational experience through study abroad programs, international internships, and student exchange programs between the United States and Canada.
About University of Miami
Founded in 1925, the University of Miami is the largest private research university in the southeastern United States, with a well-earned reputation for academic excellence. UM currently enrolls more than 15,200 undergraduate and graduate students from every state and 148 foreign countries. With a total of 9,707 employees, UM is the second largest private employer in Miami-Dade County. Last year, UM's 2,152 full-time faculty members generated $202.3 million in sponsored research, and the National Science Foundation ranked UM 49th in the nation among private institutions receiving federal research funds. With more than 950 students and 58 faculty, the College of Engineering is the sixth largest academic unit of the University. The College of Engineering has five departments: Biomedical Engineering; Civil, Architectural & Environmental Engineering; Electrical & Computer Engineering; Industrial Engineering; and Mechanical Engineering. Information: University of Miami website.
About McGill University
McGill University is Canada's leading research-intensive university and has earned an international reputation for scholarly achievement and scientific discovery. Founded in 1821, McGill has 21 faculties and professional schools which offer more than 300 programs from the undergraduate to the doctoral level. McGill attracts renowned professors and researchers from around the world and top students from more than 150 countries, creating one of the most dynamic and diverse education environments in North America. There are approximately 23,000 undergraduate students and 7,000 graduate students. McGill was recently named Canadian Research University of the Year in the Medical/Doctoral category based on research funding and publication information compiled by Research Infosource. It is one of two Canadian members of the American Association of Universities. McGill's two campuses are located in Montreal, Canada. The Faculty of Engineering offers undergraduate and graduate degrees to about 3,000 students in chemical, civil, computer, electrical, mechanical, metals and materials, mining and software engineering, as well as architecture and urban planning.
About Enterprise Florida, Inc.
Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) is a partnership between Florida's business and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for the State of Florida. Headquartered in Orlando, EFI's mission is to create and retain quality jobs and increase economic opportunities for Floridians by supporting strong and growing businesses and positioning Florida as a globally competitive business location. In pursuit of its mission, EFI works closely with a statewide network of economic development partners and is funded both by the State of Florida and by private-sector businesses. Information: Enterprise Florida website.