AAU policy paper emphasizes education as primary role of universities

March 5, 2013

In a new policy paper, the Association of Atlantic Universities writes that it must be understood, "as governments and businesses look to universities to foster social and economic growth, that our universities can only do this by achieving excellence in their primary mission -- the education of Atlantic Canada’s future leaders." But that is not to say that universities are shying away from their obligation to partner with governments and the corporate sector in moving the region forward, states AAU, which points to studies showing that universities, acting in partnership with the corporate sector, are leaders in research and development, R&D commercialization, and new business start-ups. The policy paper says it is only by fulfilling the primary role of education that Atlantic universities and their graduates are able to achieve their wider roles as drivers of economic and social growth in the region. AAU Policy Paper