Financial support of universities by Hydro-Quebec advances knowledge and science

    MONTREAL, Aug. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - The Conference of Rectors and Principals
of Quebec Universities (CREPUQ) wishes to emphasize the need for a broad base
of partners to contribute to university teaching and research. Government, the
private sector, Crown corporations, alumni and students each have a
responsibility to come together and provide financial support for the
advancement of Quebec universities.
    To this effect, in 2008, Hydro-Quebec helped most of the universities and
university foundations or groups to achieve their missions, through their
contributions and partnerships. By supporting higher education, the Crown
corporation participates meaningfully in the advancement of knowledge and
science as well as in the economic, social and cultural development of Quebec.
    "Hydro-Quebec's contributions to universities and partnerships with them
go to supporting research and university teaching-all to the benefit of Quebec
society as a whole. Partnerships with Hydro-Quebec and their research support
are consistent with that organization's development mandate, and the strengths
of our universities. Different partners in our community must work in common
cause to build an innovation society, born of collaboration in areas of
knowledge and talent development. This goal is advanced by close collaboration
between universities and businesses, in a manner that respects each other's
mission. The support of the donor community, as well as that of Crown
corporations, is essential to ensuring the quality university teaching and
research", said Dr. Heather Munroe-Blum, President of CREPUQ and Principal and
Vice-Chancellor of McGill University.

    CREPUQ includes all 18 Quebec universities. The organization acts as
their voice to government and for issues relating to 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

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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