Montreal, September 13, 2011 – The Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities (CREPUQ) today submitted its recommendations to the Committee on Citizen Relations with regard to immigration planning in Quebec for the years 2012 to 2015.
Universities in Quebec would like the Government of Quebec and the Ministry of Immigration and Cultural Communities (MICC) to recognize their role and significant contribution with regard to immigration and, by extension, to Quebec’s demographic, economic, social and cultural development.
Among other things, CREPUQ is recommending that the government increase financial support to universities in order to:
enhance the combined efforts of CREPUQ and the universities to promote university education in Quebec and recruit foreign students;
consolidate orientation and integration services for foreign students;
develop and implement special advanced French classes, adapted for each academic field and tailored to meet the challenges faced by foreign-language students.
“Our universities intend to help the government achieve its immigration objectives. They will pursue efforts to facilitate the recruitment of foreign students and immigrant professionals, and offer them orientation and integration services. Quebec universities have a direct role to play in improving demographic vitality, enhancing economic prosperity, ensuring the vitality of the French language, keeping Quebec open to the world, supporting diversity and regionalizing immigration,” said Denis Brière, Chair of the CREPUQ Board of Directors and Rector of Université Laval.
“The significant contribution of Quebec’s universities with regard to immigration results from efforts by CREPUQ and the institutions themselves to recruit foreign students and help them integrate in Quebec society. With global mobility on the rise and a world economy that is increasingly knowledge based, we hope that, by the end of the consultation process on immigration planning for Quebec for the years 2012 to 2015, MICC will recognize our universities as indispensable partners, and that such recognition will translate into increased support for university activities that help MICC achieve its objectives,” added Daniel Zizian, President and Director General of CREPUQ. The complete brief is available at the CREPUQ website: http://www.crepuq.qc.ca/spip.php?article1340&lang=fr
CREPUQ includes all 18 Quebec universities. The organization acts as their voice in relations with government and milieus concerned with university education and research. 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.
Chantal Pouliot, Director of Communications
Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities
514 288-8524, ext. 244