The Presidents of the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria and the University of Northern British Columbia are pleased to announce the formation of the Research Universities’ Council of BC. RUCBC will provide a coordinated approach to the development of relevant public policy related to current and future issues facing the four research-intensive universities in British Columbia.

“The BC post-secondary system has undergone fundamental change over the last decade and as a result we think it is important that the issues facing our four research-intensive institutions be coordinated and thoughtfully considered.” said Council Chair and UBC President and Vice Chancellor Stephen Toope. “RUCBC will seek to enhance our capacity for excellence in research, expand opportunities for graduate students and improve the undergraduate teaching and learning experience. All are critical to the future sustainability of the BC economy.”

Don Avison has been appointed president of the Research Universities’ Council effective November 15th, 2008. “This is an exciting opportunity,” said Avison. “The four research-intensive universities in British Columbia are consistently recognized as national leaders and we look forward to building on those strengths.”

The Research Universities’ Council will also continue to work closely with other post-secondary institutions and in partnership with the Government of British Columbia in pursuit of enhanced opportunities for our students and a continuing commitment to excellence. According to Avison, “we all share the goal of building a stronger future for British Columbia.”


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