The majority of the funding, $18.5 million from Ottawa and $5.5 million from Fredericton, over three years, is for the following projects:
- maintain and increase the offer of priority programs, including online courses, as well as the acquisition of necessary materials and equipment;
- support the continuing education of teachers and the updating of teaching materials;
- providing new $2,000 scholarships to more than 1,000 students over three years and supporting student recruitment efforts.
The two governments are contributing more than $812,000 each to building renovation projects, including soundproofing study and exam rooms, and purchasing equipment and furniture across the three campuses.
Finally, the two governments are announcing more than $1.1 million each to replace and upgrade computer equipment in labs and teaching rooms on the three campuses. The University plans to migrate to new technologies, strengthen its network infrastructure and improve cybersecurity.
Funds received with relief
Université de Moncton Dean and Vice Chancellor Denis Prud’homme welcomes this funding with a sigh of relief.
It will really allow us to modernize our technological infrastructures. So, really updating ourselves to be able to offer in-person and distance courses, to be able to collaborate better, to bring the three campuses to offer more collaborative courses and programsemphasizes Mr. Prud’homme.
The University, he adds, will also be able to share knowledge with other higher education institutions in a minority setting to improve their programs.
The funds come from the Canada-New Brunswick Agreement on French First Language Education and Second Language Instruction.
This announcement comes a few weeks after the departure of Université de Moncton and New Brunswick Community College, which are concerned about the consequences of lower tuition fees in Quebec for international students. Denis Prud’homme believes the funding announced on Friday could also help with that.
In terms of maintaining the number of students, yes, because that way we will be able to offer more distance courses and programs. So obviously it cuts costs for students if they don’t have to be fully on site. Thus, it would be a way to counteract the decrease in numbers, especially at the level of foreign students.says Mr. Prud’homme.
Announcing last April that tuition fees would increase by 2%, the Université de Moncton management said it needed short-term investments to upgrade its student services, its technological infrastructure and its buildings. It promised to create scholarships as well as improve its psychology services and its technological services.
An increase in the basic budget still desired
Denis Prud’homme adds that government subsidies given to the Université de Moncton have been stable for ten years, that the funding announced Friday is fully earmarked for specific projects and that the institution still needs an increase in its annual public funding.
financing today […] is not added to our base budget. Therefore, we have to continue the process, both at the provincial and federal government levels, to have […] an annual budget adjustment to be able to offer all our programsconcludes Denis Prud’homme.
With information from Sarah Dery