Approaching the end of his eight-year, non-renewable mandate
The Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the Université de Sherbrooke applies for the most coveted mandate in the World!
Sherbrooke, le 25 février 2009 – Approaching the end of his eight-year, non-renewable mandate, the youngest university president of the Americas, Professor Bruno-Marie Béchard, is now applying for the most coveted mandate in the World. Tourism Queensland in Australia indeed received 34,000 applications from 200 countries for “The Best Job in the World”, a six-month mandate to explore and promote the islands of the Great Barrier Reef, “one of the most beautiful natural treasures on the planet”.
Man of audacity, the Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the Université de Sherbrooke doesn't seem to fear failure despite such competition: “You know me; I am not at all afraid of success!”, he answers with a smile. “This opportunity perfectly coincides with the holidays I will take at the end of my mandate, and would formidably launch the journey to Oceania and Pacific Asia I am currently organizing with my family for the sabbatical year I plan to undertake as of next September.”
The candidature of Rector Béchard can be viewed at : www.IslandReefJob.info
At the end of the video, the famous islander who many call “the young wolf” challenges Australia : “My family and I are now ready to invest all of our passion, energy, curiosity, creativity, communications skills and international networks to make the islands of the Great Barrier Reef better known to the whole World. I am confident our combined efforts will attract a lot more attention and visitors to Australia. Now, the question is: Are you ready to face this challenge? ”
Professor Bruno-Marie Béchard was elected as the eighth rector of the Université de Sherbrooke in 2001, at the age of 36. Under his remarkable inspiring and visionary leadership, the Université de Sherbrooke has become the best-rated French-speaking university in Canada in the leading university rankings published by Maclean's magazine and the The Globe and Mail newspaper. Moreover, a study recently made public by the National Post newspaper reveals that among all French-speaking Canadian universities, the publications from the professors of the Université de Sherbrooke had the greatest impact on scientific journals in 2007. For eight consecutive years, the Université de Sherbrooke has also recorded the most important growth in Québec.
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Professor Bruno-Marie Béchard
Rector and Vice-Chancellor
1 819 821-8280; recteur@USherbrooke.ca