SHERBROOKE, QC, Feb. 25 /CNW Telbec/ - 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:
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.
For further information:
For further information: Professor Bruno-Marie Béchard, Rector and
Vice-Chancellor, (819) 821-8280, recteur@USherbrooke.ca;