Two Western professors look to open the world to Western students.
Lawson Health Research Institute scientist Alexandre Legros and Chemistry professor François Lagugné-Labarthet have been named among 25 North American scholars serving as ambassadors of PromoDoc, a European Union-sponsored initiative seeking to promote doctoral studies in member states.
“We both have benefited from an international education at the highest level and we are convinced – from personal and academic perspectives – of the added value of a truly international curriculum,” Legros said. “We are very enthusiastic to provide opportunities and share our experience and knowledge on studying abroad as well as to encourage and help young Canadian and American scientists to engage into the European doctoral adventure.”
Funded by the European Commission, PromoDoc focuses on the promotion of European higher education at the doctoral level to global students, especially in the Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States.
The three-year project is being implemented by an international consortium, led by Campus France and composed of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Nuffic, the British Council, Eurodoc (The European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers) and the Institute of International Education.
PromoDoc consortium members selected the ambassadors based on their extensive experience in European higher education.
Legros holds a PhD in Kinesiology from the University of Montpellier, France. He completed postdoctoral fellowships in France and Canada, before being recruited as a scientist to Lawson in 2007. Along with his position at Lawson, Legros is a professor in the Departments of Medical Biophysics, Medical Imaging and Kinesiology at Western.
Lagugné-Labarthet obtained his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Bordeaux, France and held a postdoctoral position at Queen’s University. He is the Canada Research Chair in Nanoscience and Photonics, a professor of Chemistry at Western since 2007 and is presently the scientific director of the Western Nanofabrication Facility.
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