Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

Province invests $600,000 to help Université de Moncton recruit from under-represented groups (09/09/29)

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Sept. 29, 2009

SHIPPAGAN (CNB) - The provincial government is investing $600,000 to help the Université de Moncton recruit students from under-represented groups. The announcement was made today at the Shippagan campus of the Université de Moncton by Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault.

"Within the context of the document, Be inspired. Be ready. Be better. The action plan to transform post-secondary education in New Brunswick, we hope to improve accessibility to post-secondary education for under-represented groups," said Arseneault. "By providing this funding to the three campuses of the Université de Moncton, we are moving ahead with this objective. We are also helping students get the support they need to complete their programs successfully."

The Université de Moncton is receiving the assistance for the following projects:

"Thanks to the funding by the province, the Université de Moncton will better know this population in order to determine the potential number of students who could pursue university studies in French," said Yvon Fontaine, president of the university. "This will provide the means to develop a recruitment strategy to welcome and integrate this population."

"To achieve self-sufficiency, we must invest in the continuing education of New Brunswickers," Arseneault said. "I am proud that our government recognizes the importance of investing in future generations now."

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MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Josée Groulx, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-444-3465.

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