What business thinks of Quebec's university system

October 6, 2010

In a Montreal Board of Trade survey of Quebec businesses, the province's university system is generally perceived as good, especially with regard to teaching quality (94%), research quality (87%), and graduate employability (82%). However, companies are worried about the challenges facing the system, starting with the need to encourage school perseverance in order to increase the proportion of university graduates. The survey observes that Montreal still has a ways to go before it is viewed as one of North America's ultimate university cities. The paths to improvement most cited by respondents are to increase the number of research centres (73%), improve the quality of education (51%), and boost university funding (47%). 81% of companies surveyed believe university-industry collaboration is relevant for business growth and visibility, and 53% have collaborated with universities in the past 3 years. Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal News Release | Read the survey