Dr. Robert Summerby-Murray is part of a national delegation accompanying the Governor General Julie Payette of Canada on an official trip to Rwanda.
He was invited as President of Saint Mary’s and in his capacity as Board Chair of the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE) to be part of a team accompanying Her Excellency on her diplomatic visit to the African country from April 4 to 9, 2019.
The delegation includes parliamentarians and leaders in education, research, innovation, development, trade and the arts who have been asked to join the Governor General to help strengthen Canada’s relationship with Rwanda and advance shared values and priorities such as the promotion of science and technology and the inclusion of youth.
Saint Mary’s honorary doctorate recipient Dr. Neil Turok DSci’14 and alum Dr. Shelly Whitman BA’93 are also part of the delegation.
“This invitation is a testament to the excellent work of faculty, staff and students and the growing reputation of Saint Mary’s as a national leader in intercultural and international education,” said Dr. Summerby-Murray. “I am honoured to participate, and I look forward to helping further build global connections to benefit the Santamarian community.”
Saint Mary’s has a strong international development studies program which features research on coffee collectives, supply chains and climate change-related migration in Rwanda, water and food security in Kenya, as well as post-conflict reconstruction. Currently the university has 304 students from Africa, including about 20 from Rwanda.
The Governor General’s office will also be sharing updates on social media via Twitter (@ggjuliepayette) and using the hashtag #ggrwanda.
Learn more at the following links:
1) The link to the press release from the Governor General’s office giving the current itinerary of the visit: https://www.gg.ca/en/media/news/2019/governor-general-visit-rwanda
2) The delegation announcement with list with biographies: https://www.gg.ca/en/media/news/2019/canadian-delegation-accompany-governor-general-visit-rwanda