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International Visitors to the University of Manitoba


University of Manitoba International Visitors:
The University of Manitoba welcomes the opportunity to host guests from around the world to our campuses in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  If your university, agency or government office would like to visit us, please consider contacting the Office of International Relations to help with your arrangements here.

Visiting delegation notification form & visitor services
In order for us to provide you with the most helpful service towards arranging a successful visit to the University of Manitoba, please complete the attached form in detail and send this back to the Office of International Relations as far in advance of your arrival here as possible. 

It is difficult to provide the best service with less than two weeks notice, so please submit the request early.
Some of the standard services our office is prepared to offer to our guests are:
  • Issuance of letter of invitation to the University of Manitoba
  • Discussion on type of partnership arrangement sought between institutions
  • Meeting arrangements with relevant University of Manitoba representatives and faculty members
  • Campus tours 
  • Presentation overview of the University of Manitoba (Power Point)
  • Facilitation of any institutional agreements arising from discussion of interests
  • Please keep in mind some of the following items when submitting your visit request:
    • Meetings can only be scheduled depending on time availability of the relevant individuals. It is difficult to accommodate multiple delegations for the same dates so some flexibility on times is helpful.
    • Normally, we can schedule for a one to two day itinerary per delegation.  Longer visits will be assisted with an initial meeting itinerary, after which time the delegates will be expected to schedule their own time.
    • Unless special arrangements are made, the University of Manitoba does not cover the cost of local transportation or accommodation of visiting delegations.

    List of International Visitors to the University of Manitoba

    Ukrainian Elections:  Past and Future - November 10, 2009

         Yaroslav Davydovych, the former Chair of Ukraine Central Election Commission was a guest speaker at the University of Manitoba on Tuesday, November 10, 2009

    Mr. Davydovych mentioned that it was only a short 5 years ago that as an election monitors observed the phenomena of the Orange Revolution - Ukraine's desperate, but needed, act of direct democracy played out in the streets of Kyiv on Independence Square (the 'Maidan').  This all set our hearts and minds to thinking that Ukraine had finally turned the corner on eradicting voter fraud.  In fact, the last two Parliamentary Elections in 2006 and 2007 were fairly free of violations.  Not perfect, but progress was evident.  The most notable achievement in those elections was the reduction of "administrative forces" - as it is known in the parlance of Observer Groups - in manipulating the vote.  This is the practice of using governmental, civic and other administrative resources to get citizens to vote in a certain way or to actually commit direct fraud by stuffing ballot boxes.

    Recently Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada, controlled by the Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc and Party of Regions passed a new Presidential Election Law that has put a black cloud over the upcoming presidential elections.  Fair and free elections are a difficulty norm to achieve in Ukraine, but a very easy one to lose.  Ukrainian election law experts agree that this law has pushed back the clock some 10 years regarding compliance with democratic norms for the upcoming presidential elections in Ukraine, slated for 17 January 2010.  They say the prospects for fair elections have been dimished greatly.  This is the reason President Viktor Yushchenko put out a call to the Diaspora and International Observer Groups to speak out on the situation.

    Fortunately based on a chellenge by President Viktor Yushchenko, the Constitutional Court of Ukraine has struck down some of the more egregious sections of the new election law - five in total.  Nevertheless, opportunities for greater fraud and manipulation have been created by the new law and are still there.  With this in mind, UWC and UCC have decided to mount a large international observer mission to help avoid the type of election fraud that occurred during the 2004 presidential elections - prelude to the Orange Revolution.  In order to help achieve this, CUF has organized a cross country speaking tour by Yaroslav Davydovych - former Head of Ukraine's Central Election Commission (CEC) - and one of the few members of the CEC that refused to sign the official "protocol" after the second round  of the 2004 presidential elections that ratified fraudulent voter results.  Subsequently, Mr. Davydovych was made head of the CEC and presided over the 3rd round of the presidential elections that results in the election of President Viktor Yushchenko.

    ITAIPU Binacional, Asuncion, Paraguay visiting the University of Manitoba, June 7 - 19, 2009

    Agr. Eng. Calixto Saguier, ITAIPU Technological Park Director and Dr. James Dean, Executive Director, Office of International Relations.
    (Back row) (left to right) Ms. Rhonda Friesen (Univ. of Manitoba): Eng. Ladislao Aranda, Control Systems Expert, ITAIPU;  Dr. Juan Jose Aveiro Talavera (Ph.D. student, Univ. of Manitoba); Agr. Eng. Calixto Saguier, Technological Park Director, ITAIPU; Dr. James Dean (Univ. of Manitoba); Dr. David Walker (Univ. of Manitoba); Manuel Sosa (Ph.D. student, Univ. of Manitoba); Eng. Jose Bogarin (Ph.D.), ITAIPU Technological Park Technical Director; (bent over) Eng. Fernando Vega, Assistant to the ITAIPU Technical Director.
    The ITAIPU Binacional is a corporation own jointly by Paraguay and Brazil.  The ITAIPU dam is the largest hydroelectric power plant in the world and second only to the Three Gorges Dam in China regarding energy production.  It is situated on the border between Paraguay and Brazil.  The ITAIPU Binacional delegation was visiting the University of Manitoba in June 2009 in order to explore the possibility of bringing Paraguayan students to the University of Manitoba. 
    Canadian International Development Agency, "Building Human Resource Capacity for Social Work Intervention with Rual Women", 2004-2010 - Tier 1, August 17-21, 2009

    Front row left to right:  Tuula Heinonen, Project Director and Professor, Faculty of Social Work; Ruth Dean, International Coordinator, Faculty of Nursing; James Dean, Executive Director, Office of International Relations; SHI Keling, Vice Chair, Sichuan Provincial Women's Federation, Maria Chung, Project Director and Professor, Faculty of Social Work.
    Back room left to right:  Miao Sun, Project Assistant, University of Manitoba; CHEN Fangliang (Leon), Project Interpreter, University of Manitoba; Lawrie Deane, Professor, Faculty of Social Work; JIAO Kaishan, Faculty of Social Work, Peking University; ZHOU Chaohua, Vice Chair, Women's Federation, Xichang County, Sichuan Province; DENG Yanling, Vice Chair, Women's Federation, Xichang County, Sichuan Province

    The Faculty of Social Work - Dr. Maria Cheung and Dr. Tuula Heinonen, (co-directors) of an international development project - Building Human Resource Capacity for Social Work Intervention with Rual Women in China, recently organized a visit to the University of Manitoba for the Chinese representatives.  This is a $3 million CIDA Tier 1 project which started in 2004 and will continue until 2010.

    In mid-August 2009, a group of three Women's Federation representatives from Xichang, Sichuan, and an instructor/PhD student from Peking University made a professional exchange visit to Winnipeg.  All four visitors work directly with people from the most highly populated minority area in China.  During their visit they had an opportunity to learn more about Canadian culture and were exposed to social services that address issues similar to those that they face in their own communities.  The purpose of their visit was to learn about local initiatives on gender equality and immigrant population in Manitoba.  The other purpose of their visit was to attend meetings with the project's Canadian co-directors and management team to reflect on their work and to learn about similar initiatives in Manitoba related to the China Project.

    The visitors reported that they learned a great deal about the development of services to address women's issues and the role of non-profit organizations and how they work collaboratively with the provinncial government.  They also expressed interest in the multicultural nature of our country, saying that the visit had increased their understanding of the differing contexts of China and Canada.  The visitors also took the opportunity to discuss project results and raise issues in Sichuan with the Canadian project directors, offering a richer picture of project-related activities, accomplishments and future goals in the project counties of Luojiang and Xichang.

    A dinner at the Kum-Koon Garden was hosted by Dr. James Dean, Executive Director of the Office of International Relations on August 20, 2009 to recognize their excellent work.

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