UBC Reports | Vol. 47 | No. 05 | Mar.
B.C. government promises funding
Cut in tuition fees to be accompanied by increased dollars for
The province will compensate universities for a five per cent tuition
decrease, according to a recent provincial government announcement.
The announcement also acknowledged the indirect costs of research
$23 million from the current fiscal year's budget. An equal amount from this
year's budget is committed to new equipment and library purchases.
"This step is a significant investment in people and ideas," says
Martha Piper, who also chairs the University Presidents' Council of
"Increasing opportunities for education and research is arguably
the most important
investment a government can make toward developing a strong economy
and a robust
"The priority given to university research is very encouraging," Piper adds.
"The support will help position not only UBC but the whole province to
compete effectively in the rapidly evolving
We look forward to continued investments in research excellence in
"We are certainly optimistic about the premier's promise to make British
Columbia the education province of Canada," says Alma Mater Society President
Erfan Kazemi. "The five per cent tuition rollback will undoubtedly save
students money in the short term. However, in order to prepare for their
education financially, students need to know what their tuition will be in next
three to five years.