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The Gaspésie‒Îles-de-la-Madeleine region will have a university branch

The Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR) will develop a university branch in the Gaspésie‒Îles-de-la-Madeleine region, starting in 2023, and will receive financial assistance of $1.35 million per year from the from the Government of Quebec.

The branch will allow UQAR to offer university courses on the three campuses of Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles, namely in Gaspé, Carleton-sur-Mer and Îles-de-la-Madeleine. Thus, students who wish to pursue a university education in management sciences, nursing sciences, social work and education, i.e. the four areas of training targeted for the moment, will be able to do so in their region.

UQAR also plans to develop a training offer for businesses, “in addition to intensifying its research activities in the Gaspé,” we said in a press release.

“We are going to invest $1.35 million per year so that UQAR offers continuous programs in Gaspésie and the Islands, with teachers on site,” Prime Minister François Legault announced during a press briefing on Wednesday. .

“This will make it possible to better structure the programs and ensure stability in the start-up of new cohorts. Thus, a young person will be able to enroll in the program of his choice without fear that it will not be offered because there are not enough registrations. The courses will be done in person in the Cégep facilities, here in the Islands, in Gaspé, in Carleton-sur-Mer and in Grande-Rivière, ”added Mr. Legault.

“For generations, Madelinots and Gaspesians who want to pursue higher education have had to move abroad. The creation of the university branch gives people from the region the opportunity to complete their training course at home and find a job locally. In addition to the great progress that the migration balance has experienced in recent years, this solution will help reverse the trend once and for all,” declared Jonatan Julien, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister responsible for of the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine region.