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Opinion: David Barnard (Chair, AUCC)

“Can Canada’s universities keep up with the competition? Now they can”

On February 13, 2014, the Globe and Mail published and online article titled “Can Canada’s universities keep up with the competition? Now they can”, an opinion piece by David Barnard, welcoming the Canada First Research Excellence Fund.

David T. Barnard is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manitoba and Chair of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC).


In the highly competitive international field of research and innovation, Canada has just made an exceptional commitment to owning the podium.

The Canada First Research Excellence Fund announced in this year’s budget, coupled with the largest investment in Canada’s research granting councils in a decade, represents a catalytic investment. With a commitment of $1.5-billion over 10 years to the research excellence fund, this budget is a tangible recognition that a world-class research system is a critical element of a vibrant, innovative and competitive economy...

Read full article (G&M site)

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