Polytechnique Montréal international (POINT)


Burkina Faso

The Applied Solar Technologies for Burkina Faso institutional support project was implemented by Polytechnique Montréal, in collaboration with the Institut de recherche en sciences appliquées et technologies (IRSAT) and the Université de Ouagadougou. The project is one of 11 Partenariats universitaires en coopération et développement (PUCD) projects, announced on April 29, 2005 by the Honourable Aileen Carroll, then-Minister of International Cooperation.

Articles (in French only)


In autumn 2008, following a preliminary study, the Association of Universities and Colleges Canada (AUCC) lead a consortium of experts to Botswana, in order to establish guidelines for the creation of an international university project, the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST).

The project was financed by the Government of Botswana, with the goal of meeting the country's development needs. The creation of a university with a scientific and international focus, which was also partnered with private industry, would help shepherd the Botswanan economy from a resources-based model to a knowledge-based model.

In January 2009, the AUCC invited Polytechnique Montréal to join member universities already participating in the project. Polytechnique thus became a content specialist, and began to develop academic programs and curricula for the Faculties of Engineering and Technology, bearing in mind the needs outlined by experts in the preliminary study.

Professor Emeritus Dr. Michel Soulié, from the Département des génies civil, géologique et des mines, lead the development of Engineering Faculty programs; Professor Emeritus Dr. Hai Hoc Hoang, from the Département de génie informatique et génie logiciel, lead the development of Technology Faculty programs.


Following a February 2003 Call to Tender from the Association of Universities and Colleges Canada (AUCC), Polytechnique Montréal was selected to participate in a feasibility study for the creation of a Canadian bilingual university in Cairo.  

Financed by private sector entreprise Al-Ahram (Cairo), the project was intended to help fulfil the Egyptian government's desire to establish strategic partnerships in the education industry with the private sector. Interest and support from industry was the result of the Egyptian post-secondary education reforms, supported by the World Bank. 

Within the feasibility study context, Polytechnique was tasked with determining the educational structure for an information technology program within the Faculty of Computer and Information Technology at the new Ahram University.

Further, a technical assistance contract was concluded between the AUCC and Polytechnique to engage in (alongside Egyptian counterparts) the implementation of the project itself. Throughout its participation in the project, Polytechnique collaborated, among other tasks, with the development of the unviersity program, the courses, as well as professorial training. Under the direction of Professor Hai Hoc Hoang from the Département de génie informatique, four additional professors took part in this project. 


In partnership with German consulting firm GOPA, Polytechnique Montréal participated in a large-scale enhancement of professional and technical training in Belize.

Financed by the Caribbean Development Bank, the project goal was to increase labour productivity by increasing Belize's professional and technical education institution capacities.

Polytechnique Montréal participated in initiatives comprising the development of academic programs, curricula, educational materials and resources, as well as the professional development of teaching personnel.  


This partnership implemented targeted activities of common interest related to higher education, research, and the training of young researchers. PURAQ helped build the institutional capacities of Algerian universities in terms of applied research. The Call to Tender promoted scientific exchange and the creation of sustainable networks in identified areas of excellence. The partnership comprises the entire network of Algerian and Quebecois universities.

Press Release (in French only)


First Call to Tender (in French only):