Check out the June issue, “Tulsa People” [Page 14] – comité du jumelage efforts between Tulsa and
our Sister City of Amiens, France are featured
2005, Tulsa’s newest SisterCity.
Facts about Amiens
An urban city of 170,000, it is the capital of the region known as LaPicardie. It is the largest French city between Paris and the English Channel. Historically established by Paris officials as a center for population growth within a triangle formed by Paris, London, and Brussels, it is a crossroad of 3 major highways, with train service and a local airport.
Located along the Somme River, the historical city center’s buildings, which date from the Middle Ages, are dominated by one of the world’s largest and most famous Gothic cathedrals. Home to Jules Verne, supports over 35 miles of canals and is the region’s educational and commercial center.
Amiens’s largest employers are Goodyear, Valeo, Dunlop, and Procter & Gamble. It is also home to an electrical and electronic engineering school and the University of Picardie-Jules Verne. Amiens has other sister city relationships in Germany and Great Britain.
Do you want to know more? Visit Amiens tourism site in English
“In the nineties, we were only dreaming of an exchange program for the French side at Eisenhower…The University of Tulsa already had a strong hold in Amiens at the University level. Using a long chain of connections, a private school took the time to listen to our exchange offer. It was not easy. Parents were scared. Why go all the way to America when “England is next door” they asked… “Why start with fifth grade level?”…”What a long trip for such young ambassadors!” …I remember talking about a “gift to the children”. If students came to Oklahoma, they would live the American Dream, truly adopted by their American family and each child would have the best experience of their life! …I am so glad French parents chose to believe! In 2014, this exchange is like a tree with many branches blooming at so many levels.
The successful educational exchanges in Tulsa with the city of Amiens in the Picardy region helped establish strong relationships between the two cities and paved the way to a successful Sister City Partnership in 2005. Tulsa educational exchanges also became a statewide example that helped in development of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Oklahoma State Department of Education and The French State department of Education, ” Academie d’ Amiens” since 2007. This partnership includes student exchanges, group projects between schools, video conferences and online based collaboration. The partnership continues to build and to expend ties embracing our global world culture. Beyond the academic facet, in November 2013, Amiens International Film Festival showcased Oklahoma and Tulsa in their film and music retrospective. Tulsa and Oklahoma were the heart of a French International Film Festival!..International exchanges are gifts indeed.”
Tulsa-Amiens Partnership Chair