Outgoing uMontréal rector reflects on role of universities

June 1, 2010

In an interview with the Montreal Gazette, departing Université de Montréal rector Luc Vinet says Quebec and the rest of Canada have a lot of catching up to do with the US when it comes to masters and doctorate holders -- an important measure for the new knowledge economy. "We need to be in the elite group," Vinet says, and part of the answer lies in better funding and more research space for graduate students. An advocate of "knowledge diplomacy," Vinet suggests governments make it easier for universities to address the world's biggest problems. "Universities have a responsibility to attack those problems, in educating our students and making them citizens of the world, but also in advancing solutions." Montreal Gazette