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The majority of documents reproduced on the FQPPU website are available in French only. However, our Newsletter and the Executive Committee Priorities, as well as some press releases and research files, have been translated.
The documents listed here are all available in English.
Pierre Hébert and Cécile Sabourin for the Executive Committee of the Fédération québécoisedes professeures et professeurs d’université (FQPPU)
In December 2006, the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations set up a working group with a mandate to propose principles of healthy governance for the university sector. This group submitted its report in September 2007. Briefly, it deals with the nature of the board of governors and the method of nominating the chief administrator – the rector, usually – of the university. In the current context of a public debate urbi et orbi on governance and the Minister of Finance’s Bill unveiled in Le Devoir on Thursday, October 11, the importance of such a report is obvious. »
As the Executive Committee starts with a fresh mandate, we take this occasion to announce our priorities for 2007-2008 and also to review briefly our activities during the last year. The review precedes our action plan for 2007-2008. »
By Anna Kruzynski, Professor of community and public affairs, Concordia University and member of la Pointe libertaire
We met last Sunday [August 19th]. I was part of the popular education brigades that were organized by the Peoples’ Global Action of Montreal in an effort to explain to folks living in the Montebello area the reasons behind our position against the Partnership for Security and Prosperity (PSP), a “dialogue” that has been going on between Canadian, USA and Mexican leaders since 2005. »
FQPPU Colloquium - November 6-7, 2008 - Must we rebuild the Quebec universitiy?
Marsh 2007 - A Highly Successful FQPPU colloquium on doctoral studies and starting the professorial career
From all over Quebec recently hired faculty, along with more experienced colleagues, students about to complete their doctorates, sessional lecturers and a few administrators, welcomed and discussed with a great deal of interest and enthusiasm the themes addressed by the 14 guest speakers at the colloquium on March 22 and 23, 2007. »
FQPPU and SNESUP unite to defend public universities
Montréal/Paris, June 28, 2012 — The Fédération québécoise des professeures et professeurs d’université (FQPPU) and Syndicat national de l’enseignement supérieur en France (SNESUP) are joining forces to defend public universities.
Over the years, the fundamental mission of universities in France and Québec, which is to provide public education and research, has undergone major changes. These universities are increasingly subject to outside influences that go against public interest and weaken academic freedom, both of which are key components of the mission of universities.
June 18, 2012 — Over the last several months, the Fédération québécoise des professeures et professeurs d’université (FQPPU) has publicly denounced the increasingly litigious nature of the student conflict, police brutality and illegal arrests on university campuses. The FQPPU is once again objecting to the unfair and humiliating arrest of Thibault Martin, a professor at the Université du Québec en Outaouais. Professor Martin was arrested in unfair, if not incomprehensible circumstances because he was heading to work. This unjustified arrest has damaged Professor Martin’s reputation and physical integrity. Furthermore, the arrest of Professor Martin irreversibly undermines freedom of opinion and academic freedom, which are both key requirements for university activities.
May 25, 2012. – Student associations (FECQ, FEUQ, CLASSE, ASSÉ and TaCEQ), unions (FTQ, CSN, CSQ, CSD, FQPPU, SPUQ, SPUQO, SGPUM, APTS, FIQ, SFPQ, SPGQ and SISP), community associations (FFQ, CIAFT, ATF, Alternatives) and environmental associations (AQLPA, Équiterre, Greenpeace, CEUM, Fondation David Suzuki, Nature Québec) announced that they have filed two motions in Superior Court to contest the special emergency law tabled by the Québec government.
Given the urgent nature of the situation, a preliminary motion was filed to suspend enforcement of certain provisions of the law. This is a stopgap measure until a hearing can be held on the second motion, which seeks to have the law declared fundamentally unconstitutional and therefore null and void....
FQPPU condemns Bill 78 and urges its immediate withdrawal
May 18, 2012 – We, the Fédération québécoise des professeures et professeurs d’université (FQPPU), consider that Bill 78 violates the Labour Code and completely contradicts the spirit in which our members carry out their duties.
Restrictive aspects of this legislation, such as changes to the academic calendar and measures for making up courses, cannot be set arbitrarily without regard for pedagogical requirements and systems which can only be decided by professors...
Professors deplore use of repression in conflict.
They demand real negotiations and major participation in decisions concerning universities.
Declaration of May 17, 2012....
October 25, 2011– During a Federal Council meeting held on october 20th and 21st, the Fédération québécoise des professeures et professeurs d’université (FQPPU) adopted a resolution by majority vote reaffirming its opposition to the tuition fee increase announced in the Government of Quebec’s 2011 budget. The Federation is concerned that the increase, gradually imposed on all students starting in 2012, could resolve in declining enrollment, especially among Quebec students from poorer backgrounds, as has just happened in the UK with a decrease of 12 % of student applications.
Rising tuition fees will increase the fiscal burden of students and families, inflate student debt and create attendance problems (linked to the socio-economic status of students, the choice of institution, etc.).. Despite measures improving student financial aid announced this sunday, loans and bursaries programs certainly can not respond to increasing needs. Even if they have been growing steadily for forty years, the number of university graduates in Quebec did not achieve the superior results obtained in other better developed regions or countries. The progressive improvement should indeed be celebrated; yet, any regression towards fewer accessibility would be a major failure. »
October 21, 2011 – To mark its twentieth anniversary, the Fédération québécoise des professeures et professeurs d’université awarded prizes to three professors for their outstanding contributions to academic life and especially, to their support of all professors.
To fulfil its mandate effectively, the FQPPU relies on detailed documentation and in-depth analysis of the university situation. In recognition, it created a special prize for research devoted to universities in Québec. This prize has been awarded to Michel Umbriaco, professor at Télé-Université (Teluq), for his exceptional contribution to FQPPU through his research on university finances.
A member of Teluq for over 35 years as well as founding member, Michel Umbriaco is currently Director of the Education teaching-research department. A research professor, overseeing graduate programs in distance education, he is also the author of numerous works on education, administration, university finances and professional development and training. »
Education must be excluded from the Canada-Europe trade agreement
October 18, 2011 - As the ninth round of negotiations on the Canada-Europe trade agreement (CETA) begins this week in Ottawa, the Fédération québécoise des professeures et professeurs d’université (FQPPU), a Quebec-based teacher’s federation, is preoccupied with the fate of education in this agreement. The objectives of the business, trade and industry and the pressures they exert on governments raise fears about a profound transformation of the world of education and, especially, the university sector. FQPPU requires that the Quebec and Canadian governments openly commit to exclude public services, particularly education, from this trade agreement.
The Canada-Europe agreement promotes the removal of "barriers" that prevent foreign private investment in the government "procurement markets". The liberalization of trade in services it promotes would give priority to the rights of companies on the sovereignty of governments. Indeed, the agreement contains provisions for "investment protection", similar to Chapter 11 of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). They allow companies to sue governments and to be compensated when a public institution or, for example, an environmental law, deprives them of a potential market and an opportunity to reap profits. The agreement also leads to a tightening of laws protecting intellectual property, which could undermine academic freedom and impede the free circulation of knowledge. »
July 4, 2007 - The Fédération québécoise des professeures et professeurs d’université extends its support to the non-academic staff of Bishop’s University, who are embarking on the second week of strike action. »
January 11, 2007 - The Fédération québécoise des professeures et professeurs d’université (FQPPU) will hold a colloquium in Montreal in early spring on preparing for a university professorial career and entry into the ranks. »
July 14th 2006 - Letter from the PEN-REP members to the Premier of Nova-Scotia asking him to reaffirm, at the Council of the Federation, his commitment to increased transfers for post-secondary education
Vol 3, n° 2 - Decembre 1993