Ontario and Baden-Wuerttemberg Renew Friendship

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Ontario and Baden-Wuerttemberg Renew Friendship

Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs

Cooperation Agreement Demonstrates Ontario's and Baden-Wuerttemberg's Commitment to International Partnerships TORONTO, Oct. 16 - The Province of Ontario and the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for cooperation. The MOU signals the intent of both jurisdictions to further expand the close relationship that has existed for many years. Both jurisdictions have committed to share best practices and expertise, and to strengthen economic, educational and other ties for the people of both provinces. "Ontario values the historical relationship it enjoys with Baden-Wuerttemberg", said Ontario Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Marie Bountrogianni. "Enhancing the collaboration between our two governments will help us make better use of the resources available to build a higher quality of life for our citizens." "We want to further expand our friendly relationships. Ontario is for Canada a role model considering its economic and political development, as is Baden-Wuerttemberg for Germany," emphasized the Minister of State and for European Affairs, Willi Stachele. "Our two countries can learn a lot from each other, and the cultural exchange will assume a special role by realizing projects such as this year's Baden-Wuerttemberg Cultural Week." Premier Dalton McGuinty and the Minister-President of Baden-Wuerttemberg, Guenther H. Oettinger, had met in November 2005 in Toronto and agreed to explore opportunities for collaboration between the two jurisdictions. The MOU signed today concentrates on a strengthened exchange in, amongst others, the fields of education, immigration and integration policies, culture, cooperation in environmental issues and science, as well as an intensification of cooperation in research and development between the universities and institutions of both jurisdictions. Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Chris Bentley also attended today's ceremony, during which he and Secretary of State Dr. Dietrich Birk, the Representative for the Ministry of Science, Research and Arts in Baden-Wuerttemberg, signed a Letter of Intent for collaboration in higher education. This will support the existing long-term collaboration between the universities of both jurisdictions and promote new joint initiatives in the area of higher education as well as research collaboration between Ontario and Baden-Wuerttemberg. "Our government's commitment to postsecondary education extends to creating opportunities for our students to gain international experience," said Bentley. "Re-establishing the tradition of academic exchange between Ontario and Baden-Wuerttemberg also promotes the transfer of knowledge that helps our jurisdictions remain competitive in the global economy." Beginning in 2006-07, the Ontario government committed to investing in and supporting exchange programs beginning with an exchange of 50 university students in all fields of study with an emphasis on science, technology and engineering. In addition, Ontario and Baden-Wuerttemberg have committed to develop exchanges for college students, faculty and staff, and for laboratory and research project internships at universities. "We look forward to an intensified partnership with high expectations," Stachele added. "Our two states must face the same challenges of a globalized world. The exchange of experiences and best practices, as well as the agreement on concrete projects, will mutually help us to address these challenges successfully". "Fostering international relationships is important in this global age," said Bountrogianni. "The citizens we serve expect their governments to work together and achieve results on shared priorities." Disponible en français www.mia.gov.on.ca www.edu.gov.on.ca www.resultsontario.gov.on.ca Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- ONTARIO - BADEN-WUERTTEMBERG MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU) Contact Info Ontario Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Marie Bountrogianni strengthened Ontario's longstanding relationship with the State of Baden-Wuerttemberg (B-W), Germany today by signing a renewed Memorandum of Understanding with her B-W counterpart, Minister of State Willi Stachele. In November 2005, Premier Dalton McGuinty met with his B-W counterpart, Minister-President Guenther Oettinger, and the two leaders agreed to explore opportunities for enhanced collaboration, with a focus on educational exchanges, joint cultural initiatives, environmental and scientific cooperation, and the intensification of research and development collaboration between universities and other institutions. Ontario's official relationship with B-W, one of Germany's most industrialized states, dates back to 1987, when a Commercial Memorandum of Understanding between the two jurisdictions was signed. This partnership was strengthened after an inter-regional conference was hosted in 1990 in Toronto by the premier of the day. At that conference, Ontario and B-W entered into a multi-sector partnership agreement focusing on commercial development, scientific research, the commercialization of new technologies, human resource and skills development via academic exchanges, and the promotion of culture. Under this renewed agreement: - The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and B-W's Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts will provide financial support for a university, college and faculty exchange program in areas of mutual program interest. - The MaRS Discovery District and Ontario Centres of Excellence will explore opportunities for project-based collaboration with their B-W counterparts in the areas of research and innovation. - Both jurisdictions will undertake to exchange information and officials in the areas of air quality, energy conservation and clean energy, public health, and their respective tourism industries. - Increased initiatives and co-operative exchanges will take place in the area of arts and cultural industries, including support for events such as the Bach Festival (in October 2006 in Ontario) and the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cultural Week in Ontario. Disponible en français www.mia.gov.on.ca Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- ONTARIO BADEN-WUERTTEMBERG LETTER OF INTENT ON COOPERATION IN HIGHER EDUCATION As part of the Ontario Baden-Wuerttemberg Memorandum of Understanding, a Letter of Intent on Cooperation in Higher Education was signed by Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Chris Bentley and the Baden-Wuerttemberg (B-W) State Secretary of the Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts, Dr. Dietrich Birk. Through the Letter of Intent, Ontario and B-W will support the development of postsecondary educational linkages between the two jurisdictions to promote cooperation between postsecondary institutions, the reciprocal flow of knowledge and the ongoing enrichment of human resources development. Beginning in 2006-07, the Ontario government will invest $100,000 per year to support exchange programs under this Letter of Intent. Under agreements signed with B-W in the past, the Ontario government developed a Letter of Intent and provided funding to support the exchange of 50 students annually in each direction starting in 1993. In November 1999, the government announced it would cancel funding for postsecondary programs involving BW. However, the Council of Ontario Universities kept the programs in place on a reduced scale and BW has continued to fund this program in cooperation with Ontario's universities. Under the Letter of Intent: - Ontario Baden-Wuerttemberg University Student Exchange Program builds upon an existing agreement between B-W and a consortium of Ontario universities to facilitate the exchange of 50 students per year in each direction in all fields of study, with emphasis on science, technology and engineering. The program includes a one month intensive German language course for Ontario students provided by B-W. - Ontario Baden-Wuerttemberg College Student Exchange Program will explore the possibility of developing an exchange program for college and would target co-operative education placements. - Ontario Baden-Wuerttemberg Research Experience Exchange will assist the exchange of graduate students, focusing on scientific research, and opportunities, such as short-term laboratory and research project internships. - Teaching, Research and Development - Faculty and Staff Exchange will encourage reciprocal exchange of faculty and staff in the area of integrated studies, joint study programs, basic and applied research and technological development. Disponible en français www.edu.gov.on.ca www.resultsontario.gov.on.ca For further information: Sarah Charuk, Minister's Office, (416) 212-7234, (416) 894-2870 - cell; Erika Botond, Communications Branch, (416) 325-3558, Cell- (416) 937-2563; Sheamus Murphy, Minister's Office, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, (416) 325-7215; Tanya Blazina, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746; Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Public Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514; TTY: 1-800-263-2892 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Sarah Charuk, Minister's Office, (416) 212-7234, (416) 894-2870 - cell; Erika Botond, Communications Branch, (416) 325-3558, Cell- (416) 937-2563; Sheamus Murphy, Minister's Office, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, (416) 325-7215; Tanya Blazina, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746; Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Public Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514; TTY: 1-800-263-2892