Miville: St. John’s Day highlights the importance of university education in French

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“As an academic institution, the University of Sudbury has a duty to do everything possible to inspire our young people to pursue their studies here in the North”

Saint-Jean-Baptiste is the national celebration of the Francophonie in Canada and Quebec. This is an opportunity to celebrate what unites us and to celebrate the return of good weather. As we all experience significant challenges, this year’s celebration invites us to reflect on our future.

The situation surrounding university education in French in Sudbury is undoubtedly worrying. Our young people are leaving the North to pursue their studies outside the region. Many students have also decided to complete their studies elsewhere. The exodus from the North has been a growing reality for us for more than half a century. So let’s find solutions together to reverse the situation.

As an academic institution, the University of Sudbury has a duty to do everything possible to inspire our young people to pursue their studies here in the North. We also have a responsibility to our community to attract new talent from around the world, for growth, diversity and the realization of their full potential.

The University carries a project of hope, renewal, commitment, collaboration and cooperation. It seeks to emphasize the positive experiences we need to provide for our students. She dares to break down silos and gives our community the right to dream of a better future. It is a project that wants to legitimize the French fact and show the whole world that we can contribute to the cultural, economic and societal development of our society.

The University of Sudbury is therefore a social project by, for and with the students and the entire Sudbury community. He seeks to empower his communities to decide their own future. He seeks to work with Indigenous peoples to find viable solutions that allow our collective development.

On this day of celebration, I invite everyone to dare to dream of the future.

Dr. Serge Miville

President and Vice-Chancellor
University of Sudbury

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