An Important Contribution to the Discussion on University Funding

MONTREAL, Feb. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - The Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities (CREPUQ) has reviewed the Pact for the Competitive Funding of Our Universities presented today by 16 concerned citizens.

"The issue of university underfunding is a major concern for the university rectors and principals, as are the substantial risks to the quality of teaching and research and the competitiveness of Quebec universities. The university heads are looking closely at questions of funding and tuition from the standpoint of such fundamental values as fair access to university education, improvement in the quality of university teaching and research, increased attendance and success, and the overall increase in enrolment ratios.

"The universities' financial health is crucial for Quebec because Quebec's universities play an active role in the economic, social and cultural growth and development of our society.

"The government, students and the private sector must contribute to university funding to close the gap that exists between university funding in Quebec and that observed in other provinces. In this context, the Pact submitted this morning by 16 citizens of diverse backgrounds is a major contribution to the discussion of university funding. The suggestions in the Pact include complex items that warrant attentive examination", noted Daniel Zizian, CREPUQ President and Director General.

CREPUQ includes all 18 Quebec universities. The organization acts as their voice in relations with government and higher education. It also fosters coordination and collaboration between universities, is a research centre for university administrations, acts as a centre for coordination and joint service delivery, and is a resource centre and think tank for its members.


For further information: For further information: Chantal Pouliot, Director of Communications, Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities, (514) 288-8524, extension 244

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