Three Concrete Actions that Strengthen the Partnership between the Université de Moncton and the City of Moncton
|Official Signing of the Affiliation Agreement From left to right: Jacques Paul Couturier, Interim President and Vice-Chancellor of the Université de Moncton; and Dawn Arnold, Mayor of the City of Moncton.|
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Today, the Université de Moncton and the City of Moncton signed a memorandum of
understanding that will strengthen the bonds between them and foster shared objectives
that encourage their mutual growth and development.
The objectives are to:
• develop the Moncton campus in order to ensure the quality of education provided to
workers in Moncton, thus improving business opportunities in the City
• jointly develop and operate infrastructure and facilities that will improve quality of
life both for Université de Moncton students and for residents of the City;
• encourage the attraction, retention and education of students and professors from all
over, who will enable the City to grow and prosper.
The partners shall review the memorandum of understanding annually.
Contribution by the City of Moncton to the Evolution Fundraising Campaign
The Université de Moncton is proud to announce a major contribution of $2.5 million by
the City of Moncton to its Evolution
Fundraising Campaign. The City has committed
to contributing $250,000 per year to the Campaign over a 10-year period.
As stipulated by City Council, the City of Moncton’ contribution will be divided as
follows: $500,000 to the Fonds de bourses de la Ville de Moncton scholarship fund;
$500,000 to the Fonds de bourses de la Ville de Moncton en immersion scholarship fund for
immersion students; $500,000 to create a Fonds de bourses pour les Aigles Bleues et Aigles
Bleus originaires de Moncton scholarship fund for members of the Aigles Bleues and Aigles
Bleus sports teams originally from Moncton; $500,000 to create a Fonds d’intégration
pour les étudiantes et étudiants internationaux fund to assist with integrating
international students; and $500,000 to the Centre d’études acadiennes Anselme-Chiasson
centre for Acadian studies to digitize archives and make them publically accessible.
“I want to very sincerely thank the City of Moncton for this exceptional contribution to
Fundraising Campaign,” said the Université’s Interim President
and Vice-Chancellor, Jacques Paul Couturier. “This gift will allow us to beef up the
Scholarship and Financial Aid Program and to support both the Pole of Excellence in
Acadian Studies project and the integration of international students into the City of
The Université de Moncton acts as a powerful catalyst for socioeconomic, cultural and
political development by educating qualified workers. According to its latest figures, the
Université de Moncton generated at least 2,770 full-time equivalent jobs in the province
and about 935 full-time equivalent jobs elsewhere in the country in 2015. During this same
period, the Moncton campus alone generated over $372 million in annual sales in New
Brunswick and over $193 million elsewhere in Canada. In total, 44% of the labour force on
the Moncton campus lives in Moncton. Finally, over 12,000 graduates have chosen to settle
in southeastern New Brunswick, around 5,000 of them in the City of Moncton.
“We are well aware of the Université de Moncton’s academic, economic and social
contributions to our region,” noted Mayor Dawn Arnold. “The City of Moncton
prioritizes positive relations with its key partners in maintaining a flourishing
Francophone and Francophile community, and so we are very proud to support the
Campaign. The projects announced will attract young people to our City
— the citizens of tomorrow — and will ensure that the work of the Centre d’études
acadiennes Anselme-Chiasson can continue.”
This inestimable financial assistance from the City of Moncton will provide solid support
for the talented, committed young people who are building the society of tomorrow.
Support from the Université de Moncton for the “Our Urban Heart” Campaign
The Université de Moncton also took the opportunity to announce its support for the
“Our Urban Heart” seat campaign to recognize the lasting partnership between the
Université and the City of Moncton. This campaign by the City of Moncton allows residents
to place their name on a seat in the new Avenir Centre. The Université de Moncton will
buy six seats in honour of groups within the university community: the FÉÉCUM, the
Association des étudiants internationaux, the Aigles Bleues, the Aigles Bleus, the alUMni
and the Université de Moncton.
The City of Moncton had supported the seat campaign for the Université’s stadium when
it opened in 2010.