Canada's graduate students call on parties to step up funding to basic research



    OTTAWA, Sept. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's graduate students issued their
expectations from the federal parties today. According to the National
Graduate Caucus of the Canadian Federation of Students, direct funding for
graduate students, increased non-targeted support of the granting councils,
and balanced copyright laws are essential to making Canada's graduate students
global leaders in research.
    "Graduate students are tomorrow's professional researchers and a major
component of a high-skill workforce," said Graham Cox, Chairperson of the
National Graduate Caucus. "Graduate students are looking for a party that
replaces rhetoric with a plan to support knowledge development."
    The National Graduate Caucus (NGC) recommends increases to the federal
granting agencies to fund basic research in the public interest. The NGC has
also called for increases to Canada Graduate Scholarships to better help
graduate students who struggle financially. Of the 125,000 graduate students
studying, researching, and teaching at Canadian universities, only
5,000 receive direct federal funding. Many graduate students are forced to
take on a significant financial burden to finish their degrees.
    Graduate students also have a strong interest in ensuring that Canada's
Copyright Act makes generous allowances for "fair dealing", a concept almost
entirely overlooked by the bill introduced earlier in 2008 by Industry
Minister Jim Prentice.
    "Graduate students are the workhorses of university research labs," said
Cox. "It is a wise economic strategy to give us the tools to conduct
world-class, innovative research."

    The National Graduate Caucus is Canada's voice of graduate students,
uniting graduate students on 30 campuses across the country. Visit
VoteEducation.ca to find out more.




For further information:

For further information: Graham Cox, NGC Chairperson, (506) 292-6503;
Ian Boyko, Campaigns Coordinator, (613) 232-7394 ext. 22


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