Policy Statement on Canadian Post-Secondary Educational Initiatives Abroad
Post-secondary education has long been international in scope, and post-secondary education in Canada and abroad must be accessible and affordable.
Canadian post-secondary education initiatives must be based on the principles of cooperation and exchange, and not competition, commerce, and trade. Fundamental to these principles is a strong, publicly funded, post-secondary education system in Canada.
Canadian institutions operating abroad must:
a) recognize that education is a human right and a public good;
b) provide full equality for all and protect the rights of women, indigenous peoples and other marginalized groups;
c) respect cultural and linguistic diversity;
d) advance and defend the employment and academic rights of post-secondary education staff and students;
e) defend and promote freedom of speech and thought, academic freedom and tenure, and professional rights;
f) ensure the integrity and quality of post-secondary education;
g) promote equality within and between countries;
h) respect the right of national governments to regulate post-secondary education in the public interest, and to maintain and expand publicly provided post-secondary education independent of market pressures and commercial agreements;
i) incorporate and protect collective agreement rights;
j) recognize that collective bargaining rights follow staff when they engage in international initiatives established by their institutions.
Approved by the CAUT Council, November 2004;
editorial revisions, May 2010 and February 2015.