On Tuesday 10th April the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice was honoured to welcome the Ambassador of Canada Mrs Barbara C. Richardson.
Program of the visit began in the morning at the Centre for Polar Ecology of the Faculty of Science of USB, which focuses on the research at the Arctic. There Her Excellency got to know the different projects, that are currently led by the Centre.
Following this meeting, the Ambassador was officially welcomed at the Rectorate of the University by the Vice-Rector for International Affairs, doc. Radka Závodská, who presented the University of South Bohemia, the faculties and international cooperation of the University. During the following discussion, and together with other representatives of several faculties (Ing. Josef Elster, CSc., PhDr. Pavel Král, Ph.D., doc. PhDr. Jan Radimský, Ph.D., doc. PhDr. Ladislav Nagy, Ph.D.) they agreed on concrete forms of support from the Canadian Embassy in the cooperation among the University of South Bohemia and Canadian universities.
In the afternoon, the Ambassador Mrs Barbara C. Richardson also visited the Faculty of Education where she held discussion with students of the University of South Bohemia.
Barbara Richardson joined the foreign service in 1988 and has served in the Philippines and as the Political Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission in Kenya (accredited to Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia and Eritrea). She was also Canada’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and to the United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (UN-HABITAT). She was Canada’s High Commissioner to Bangladesh 2005-2008 and then Ambassador to Zimbabwe and Angola and High Commissioner to Botswana. Since return to Canada in 2011, she has been the Director General for Consular Operations, Director General for Mission Operations and Client Relations and Inspector General for Global Affairs. She was appointed Ambassador to the Czech Republic in October 2016.