Volume 12, Number 8 December 3, 2004

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AUCC asks govt to keep on funding research

OTTAWA – Making a presentation before the House of Commons Finance Committee Nov. 23, the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) stated the federal government must maintain the level of recent investments in university research.

U of S President Peter MacKinnon, Chair of the AUCC Board, told the committee continued investment is needed to realize the full social and economic advantages of university research. In news stories, MacKinnon is quoted as saying that government investment in post-secondary education and research “is a necessary condition for the creation of wealth and social development for Canadians”.

Claire Morris, President and CEO of AUCC, said cutting research funding would be a strong signal “to our competitors that in fact Canadians are not serious about research, that we’re not serious about being competitive in the world of the 21st century, and that we’re not serious about building a brain gain instead of a brain drain.”

The organization that represents post-secondary institutions across the country called on the government to increase funding for the indirect costs of research, and ensure support for the direct costs of research.

For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca

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