MONTREAL, Feb. 4, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Close to 500 cultural, social,
economic, academic and political decision-makers came together today
for the Montréal, métropole universitaire forum. Organized by the city's nine universities in collaboration with
the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, this event was meant to
add to the debate surrounding the Sommet sur l'enseignement supérieur. This was the first time that the nine Montréal universities organized,
jointly, such an event.
"Our universities are part of Montréal's DNA. They contribute a great
deal to its prosperity, international reputation and cultural vitality.
Today's forum has allowed leaders from different sectors of the
Montréal community to share their expectations and show their
commitment to the city's universities. However, these institutions are
also concerned that Montréal may lose its status as a university
metropolis and that they may no longer be getting the support they
need," explained Louise Roy, Chancellor and Chair of the Board of
Directors of Université de Montréal and co-spokesperson for the event.
"Although people often forget this, Montréal is the university capital
of Canada. Nearly two thirds of all university students in Québec go to
school here, and Montréal receives the largest share of the country's
research funding. We cannot take this strength for granted. We must
preserve these assets. Without strong universities, we will lose out on
innovation, talent, a highly qualified and competitive labour force,
and scientific discoveries," stressed Michel Leblanc, President and CEO
of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal and co-spokesperson for
"The city's future depends on strong, well-supported universities that
provide high-quality teaching and research—in other words universities
of the 21st century. We hope that today's discussions will be considered during the
Sommet sur l'enseignement supérieur," concluded both co-spokespeople for the event.
Over 184,000 students are enrolled at a Montréal university, a number
that represents 65% of all Québec university students. Out of this
number, more than 25,000 are international students. Montréal
universities award over 43,000 degrees each year, which gives the city
the largest pool of graduates in the country.
To close the forum, the nine leaders of Montréal's university
institutions thanked the participants for their support. They also made
a commitment to keep this dialogue open with the community.
Montréal's nine universities include the École de technologie
supérieure, École nationale d'administration publique, Polytechnique
Montréal, HEC Montréal, Institut national de la recherche scientifique,
Concordia University, Université de Montréal, Université du Québec à
Montréal, and McGill University.
An official photo of the event will be available on the wire later
today. It will also be available upon request.
SOURCE: Les universités de Montréal
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