University funding:$ 22.8 Million for the foreign recruitment

Financement des universités: 22,8 M$ pour le recrutement à l’étranger

In order to ensure the competitiveness of establishments in quebec, the French-speaking universities will receive 9000 $ per student eligible foreign that they will succeed to attract to their campus, announced the minister of higher Education, Hélène David.

The new funding policy of universities, unveiled Thursday, provides $ 22.8 million to finance this new measure, including $ 10 million of new money.

The $ 12.8 million remaining back in the pockets of the universities. They do not pay now more to Quebec lump sums hitherto paid by a class of international students, and perceived by the universities.

To offer more flexibility to academic institutions and to facilitate their recruitment to foreign countries, the minister has chosen to expand all the programs of bachelor of deregulation currently in force in six families of undergraduate studies. This deregulation also allows each institution to set tuition and fees charged to this category of international students.

By increasing the proportion of revenues from tuition fees of international students, the minister made the calculation that the universities will be able to recruit a large number of students overseas.

This measure applies only to a foreign student on four, argued Thursday Mrs. David, since 75 % of international students have tuition fees reduced either because they are Canadian, but they remain outside the province of Quebec, either because they are French or because their conditions of study are specific.

Québec demonstrates a commitment to this path so that it expects an increase of 15% in the number of international students.

The government relies on figures from the Organization of economic cooperation and development, which expects the number of foreign students worldwide increased by around 50 %. For this reason, “Québec must remain competitive and to attract students”, defended the minister.

For the student Union of Quebec (UEQ), the minister David serves as the “international students as a cash cow for gild the pill of his new funding formula with some university administrations”.

The alliance of student associations is concerned that the deregulation announced by the minister, is pushing the universities to increase tuition fees to compensate for the shortfall.

“It seems paradoxical that at a time when the government is trying to boost the international attractiveness of Quebec, it will allow a massive increase and uncontrolled invoice a student,” responded the UEQ.

Welcome to the Belgian

Another novelty, the new policy allows students French speaking belgian to receive the same tuition charged to the French. “I am very proud of that,” admitted the minister, David, who recognized that the Belgians had made the request a long time ago.

Refuting the assumption that a shadow of conflict student of 2012 is still hovering on the liberals, the government has chosen not to tackle the tuition fees for québec students. “I think it was a nice balance between tuition fees charged to international students and those of students in quebec,” replied the minister, David. She said that she felt “very comfortable” with the cost of university education in Quebec, among the lowest in the country, she argued.

Strategic objectives

An important aspect of the agreement “historic,” agreed among the 19 vice-chancellors of the universities of the province, according to Ms. David, regarding the $ 20 million reserved to the achievement of the strategic objectives of the universities, what was the minister.

These mandates will enable the campus to apply for a grant to complete a mandate dedicated, explained the minister. “This is a 0.7% of the total budget for the pleasure of the universities,” she advanced.

By 2023, the share of financing of universities has increased from 11.3% for the entire network, which represents about $ 1 billion and a half dollars. This proportion increases to 11.8 % for the network of the University of Quebec.



“And if the liberals did not form the next government, what will happen to the policy being launched today?” asked the journalists to the minister of higher Education, Hélène David. It is advised to move forward on the ground of assumptions.

“It is a whole, a policy like this,” she initially responded. “If the next minister wants to go play in the grant-in-political science or in engineering, for example, I wish him good luck. With this policy, it has reset the counters to zero”, she explained.

It has been nearly six years that the governments are working on a new funding policy of universities, the last of which dated back to the beginning of the years 2000, has supported Mrs David.

“It was the household,” with this new policy, she argued. According to the minister, the funding agreements awarded to the play in the last few years, adding to the heaviness of the policy in place. To remedy this, the agreement signed by university rectors provides, in particular, the abolition of 13 specific allocations to allow for the increase to base funding of universities.



The government Couillard wants to regulate more tightly the compensation of the senior executives of the universities. Among the measures, Québec intends to control the growth of salaries of the members of the staff of the top management in adjusting to the government’s pay policy.

Minister David also wants to prohibit performance awards as well as several other benefits devices : membership in private clubs, owning a car and allowance to receive financial advice or receive services in the home and medical.

Among the other advantages of a function, the government plans to better manage travel costs and function, among others. In the case of non-respect of these new measures, leaders could face sanctions. The rectors, but also the vice-rectors, general secretaries and vice-rectors, deputy of the 19 academic institutions in Québec will be subject to these new measures.

Each university will also produce a report on external audit for state compensation and make public such information.


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