MONTREAL, Dec. 14, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - On February 4, Montréal's
universities, in collaboration with the Board of Trade of Metropolitan
Montreal, will initiate a discussion on the role and contribution of
university institutions in the Greater Montréal area. To listen to the
needs and expectations of their partners, nine universities will invite
members of the metropolitan community to take part in a forum in
preparation for the Sommet sur l'enseignement supérieur, enabling a large number of stakeholders from all sectors to
participate and have their say.
In recent weeks, many of these actors have stressed the importance of
the mobilization initiative launched by the Minister of Higher
Education, Research, Science and Technology and are looking to enrich
the discussion within the Greater Montréal community.
"The primary goal of the Montréal, métropole universitaire event is to clearly establish the crucial role of universities for the
future of our city and Quebec, and ensure that we can effectively
support them. Our premier universities contribute to the well-being and
prosperity of Quebecers through cutting-edge training, world-class
scientific research, and an influence on all sectors: financial,
social, cultural, artistic, technological and industrial," stated Ms.
Louise Roy, Chancellor and Chair of the Board of Directors of
Université de Montréal and co-spokesperson for the event.
"Universities drive the economy of knowledge and nurture skilled labour.
Through their contribution to research and their knowledge transfer
activities, they are also a primary component of industrial research
and development strategies. This is particularly true for a
knowledge-based economy such as that of the Montréal metropolitan
area," added Mr. Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Board of
Trade of Metropolitan Montreal and co-spokesperson for the event.
The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, which has the logistical
and organizational capacity to hold these types of engaging events,
agreed to organize this forum in collaboration with 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.
The Montréal, métropole universitaire forum will allow participants to better understand the impact that
universities have on the metropolis, express their expectations towards
our Montréal-region universities, and define their vision of the future
for the metropolis.
More information about the event program will be made available shortly.
SOURCE: Les universités de Montréal
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