Government of New Brunswick

New Brunswick is home to four public universities which offer a wide variety of educational programs.

  • The University of New Brunswick, with its main campus in Fredericton and another in Saint John, is the oldest English-language university in Canada, and is the province's largest university.
  • St. Thomas University is a small, Roman Catholic institution in Fredericton whose central liberal arts program is complemented by professional programs in education and social work.
  • Mount Allison University, located in the Town of Sackville, offers undergraduate programs in arts, science, commerce, fine arts and music.
  • Université de Moncton, Canada 's largest francophone institution outside of the province of Quebec, has its main campus in the City of Moncton, with satellite campuses in the City of Edmundston and the Town of Shippagan.

New Brunswick Community College (NBCC) programs cover the education and training spectrum. The NBCC system offers everything from academic studies to mechanical engineering, from health care to construction trades to advanced technologies. In all, there are more than 100 regular training programs, plus a selection of industry-oriented, short-term training services available to New Brunswick residents and beyond. Most NBCC programs involve 40 to 80 weeks of study, with co-op programs longer in duration.

The provincially-funded public education system, Kindergarten to Grade 12, is offered through a dual system of English and French schools. Attendance at New Brunswick public schools is compulsory until the completion of high school or the age of 18. The Province's Education Act distributes authorities and responsibilities between the provincial government, as represented by the Minister of Education and District Education Councils (DECs), which are elected at the local level every four years. Generally, the minister establishes and monitors the educational and service standards and policy framework while the DECs, through their superintendents, are responsible for program implementation and operation of the schools.  The governance structure also includes school-based advisory committees known as Parent School Support Committees. Members are elected at the school level and serve three-year terms. For administrative purposes, the province is divided into 14 school districts, nine Anglophone and five francophone.

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