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HYDRO-QUEBEC SUPPORTS THE DEVELOPMENT OF CANADIAN STUDIES

 MONTREAL, May 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Hydro-Quebec is joining the International Council for Canadian Studies (ICCS) and the Department of External Affairs and International Trade Canada in establishing new programs for researchers and students from the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany and the Benelux countries. Researchers from these countries who wish to pursue their work in Quebec's universities can take advantage of an additional ten $1,500 top-up awards provided under the Government of Canada Award and four $10,000 grants under the Program for International Research Linkages. Research fields of top priority include environmental studies, northern studies, northland engineering studies, energy efficiency and engineering and technology.
 To commemorate the event, Hydro-Quebec's chairman of the board, Richard Drouin, will deliver a brief speech during the ICCS banquet May 31 at the Lester B. Pearson Building, Ottawa.
 In a world where technology plays an increasing role, Mr. Drouin emphasizes the significant contribution to the international link that must be forged between the universities, the research centers, government and industry. He reminds his listeners of Hydro-Quebec's contribution to research and development in Quebec and Canada and its sixth position among Canadian corporations in terms of percentage of revenue devoted to R & D. The work carried out at IREQ, the Hydro- Quebec research institute, at LTEE, the laboratory for electrochemical technologies, and electrotechnologies, the joint studies with research foundations and other industries, as well as the funding provided for institutions of higher learning- all these are reminders of Hydro- Quebec's commitment to the development of expertise. For these reasons the utility is pleased to support the ICCS and thus expand its relations with the international academic community.
 Increasing Interest In Canadian Studies
 Twenty years of cultural diplomacy by the Department of External Affairs and International Trade Canada have nurtured an interest in Canada throughout the world. In Germany, for example, more than 3,500 books and articles on Canada were published over the past decade. In France, in 1991 alone, more than 2,400 hours of Canadian studies courses were taught while in the United States, 23,000 students had enrolled in Canadian studies courses. Each of the twenty countries that belong to the International Council for Canadian Studies can boast examples of similar success.
 Canadian studies abroad have reached such proportions that they can now be described in the same terms that once applied to the British Empire: the sun never sets on Canadian studies.
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 /CONTACT: Alain Guimont, executive director of ICCS, 613-232-0417; or Yvan Cliche, press officer of Hydro-Quebec, 514-289-2315/


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