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Signing of a partnership agreement between Tel Aviv University and the FRQNT

Today, the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT) and Tel Aviv University signed a partnership agreement to foster the international mobility of female students in computer science and engineering.

As part of the CFTAU–FRQNT Student Exchange Program, which was developed under the agreement, female students in computer science and engineering from Québec will have the opportunity to conduct an internship at Tel Aviv University, and their Israeli counterparts will be hosted here.

The agreement was signed in the presence of David Birnbaum, Member of Parliament for D'Arcy-McGee.


“An internship abroad is thoroughly enriching on a personal level and also very significant from the professional perspective, since it broadens horizons and nurtures contacts. I am very pleased that female students in computer science and engineering in Québec can now experience Israel’s renowned scientific community firsthand.”

– Rémi Quirion, Québec’s Chief Scientist

“I am proud of this new agreement, which will help increase the participation of women in computer science and engineering, promoting greater gender equality in these cutting-edge areas. To build a Québec that is prosperous and technologically advanced, we must all contribute.”

– Maryse Lassonde, Scientific Director, FRQNT

“Tel Aviv University and the Faculty of Engineering have taken the strategic decision to increase the percentage of female students and faculty in its Science and Engineering disciplines. This new agreement is along these lines. I am sure that the exchange opportunities will widen the horizons of our faculty’s female students, and give them an unprecedented opportunity to spend time in some elite Canadian institutes.”

– Yossi Rosenwaks, Tel Aviv University (TAU), Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Director of Renewable Energy Center

“As National President, I am very proud of the achievements of this great university. I know firsthand of the success stories of Canadian TAU past attendees and graduates. As a Québecer and Canadian, I am pleased to see that young Québec women will have the opportunity to study at one of the great universities of the world. I am honoured to support this exchange program for young female computer science and engineering students.”

– Barbara Seal C.M., National President, Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University

“Today, we are marking a new step in the history of Québec-Israel relations; signing this partnership agreement between Tel Aviv University and the FRQNT, as announced by Premier Couillard during his first official visit to Israel and the university in May 2017. This agreement underlines the importance of advancing talents in these important fields, as well as generating concrete benefits both for Québec and Israel. I thank the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA Québec) for having initiated the original meeting with Minister Dominique Anglade as well as for their support and guidance over the past year in helping bring this project to fruition.”

– Sharon J. Fraenkel, Executive Director, Canadian Friends of Tel Aviv University, Ottawa, Québec and Atlantic Canada


  • The partnership covers a four-year period. The program will be launched for an initial year and then in the three following years based on the success of the first.
  • The internships cover a period of six (6) to twelve (12) months.
  • Each partner will invest up to $50,000/year to fund the internships of five to ten female students from Québec and Israel.


Laurence Martin Gosselin
Manager, International Programs and Partnerships
Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies
418 643-8560, ext. 3455