ABOUT THE ACUFC
Welcome to the Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne (ACUFC) Website - the strong and collective voice for francophone community colleges and universities in Canada!
Created on April 1st, 2015, this association consists of 21 francophone or bilingual post-secondary institutions from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince-Edward Island, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. The ACUFC aims to provide increased access to quality post-secondary education in French throughout Canada. ACUFC member colleges and universities act as economic, social and cultural engines contributing to the vitality and influence of francophone communities. The ACUFC represents the shared interests of its members as it works with governments and other stakeholders in Canada and abroad.
On April 1st, 2015, members of the Consortium national de formation en santé (CNFS) and of the Association des universités de la francophonie canadienne (AUFC) joined forces to create a new entity: the Association des collèges et universités de la francophonie canadienne (ACUFC).
The ACUFC will build on the already solid foundation built by its predecessors – the CNFS and the AUFC. Members from these organizations have enjoyed many successes over the years – the product of working together. Leveraging these CNFS and AUFC successes, they have convinced public decision-makers to support their collective efforts. They have also increased the efficiency of the corporate model that governs the two organizations – a unique model based on clear operating rules – and ongoing information-sharing and management that is both results-based and responsibility-based.
Created in 2003, the CNFS is deserving of its reputation as French Canada’s uncontested leader in the field of post-secondary health care training and research. It has exceeded all expectations in its commitment to increase the active offer of quality health care and social services in francophone communities, thereby contributing to their well-being and sustainability. CNFS member universities and colleges have chosen to work together because they share a common goal of making francophone communities stronger and more influential. As economic, social and cultural pillars of their communities, CNFS members have increased the number of partnerships and collaborations to have a real and direct impact, not only at the local level, but on a national level as well.
For more information about the CNFS, go to www.cnfs.ca
The AUFC, which initially consisted of 13 member universities, was created in 1993 as the Regroupement des universités de la Francophonie hors Québec (RUFHQ). With the addition of a fourteenth member in 2011, the association came to represent eight provinces. The AUFC has grown because of its members’ commitment to a common goal. It worked successfully with other national organizations to demonstrate the value of training and research in French in Canada and abroad. Its activities focused on the needs of francophone communities, but it has never lost sight of the expectations of its main funding body – the federal government. The AUFC has been a key player when the time came to increase the francophonie’s visibility abroad.
CREATION OF THE ACUFC
Like its predecessors, the ACUFC is a national association rooted in solidarity whose primary role is to represent its members. It relies on collaboration to improve synergies, access, and the complementarity and the completion of post-secondary training and research in French. The quality and pertinence of the services it offers its members will be the yardstick to measure the value-added contribution of the ACUFC. The services offered fall into three categories: government relations, advocacy and international positioning.
ACUFC is the strong and collective voice for colleges and universities of Canada’s francophone communities, and contributes to greater access to post-secondary education in French while reinforcing the vitality of the Canadian Francophonie and its influence on Canadian society as a whole.
ACUFC is the network of post-secondary institutions of the Canadian Francophonie which collaborates with its members for both training and research, and represents its members’ common interests by partnering with national organizations to ensure visibility within Canada and abroad.
- Respect for diversity
- Openness to communities, Canadian society as a whole, and the world
- Respect for the autonomy of colleges and universities
- Integrity, sound management and social accountability