MND reaffirms intent to restore university status at RMC Saint-Jean

Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan with staff at RMC Saint-Jean.
Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan met with students and staff at RMC Saint-Jean on December 1, 2017. Photo: DND

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Minister of National Defence Harjit S. Sajjan visited Royal Military College Saint-Jean (RMC Saint-Jean), Que., in December to highlight the Government’s commitment to restore RMC Saint-Jean’s degree-granting status.

“Re-establishing full university status at RMC Saint-Jean is very important to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), as it will promote the bilingualism of our officers, while contributing to their development through university programs adapted to the current and future complex security environment in which we operate,” he said, noting that resources would be allocated for university-level teaching to begin in August 2018.

The mission of RMC Saint-Jean is to educate duly selected CAF members in order to instill in them the competencies required to maintain excellence in the profession of arms. Currently, RMC Saint-Jean ensures officer cadets have a seamless transition from high school to university by providing college-level studies in science and social sciences.

Strong, Secure, Engaged, Canada’s new defence policy, recognizes that the long-term success of Canada’s military depends on the women and men who make up the CAF. Our people, across all ranks, and from all walks of life, are our most important asset, and they are at the core of the new defence policy.

Strong, Secure, Engaged commits to restoring RMC Saint-Jean’s full university status to help prepare the next generation of CAF leaders for success. The college is slated to issue its first university degrees in May 2021.

Restoration of RMC Saint-Jean’s university status will not only serve to strengthen cross-cultural skills within the officer corps, but will also enhance bilingualism within the CAF. This approach will broaden the reach, accessibility, and opportunity for young Canadians interested in pursuing a future with the CAF.

The initial university program offered at RMC Saint-Jean will be a Bachelor of Arts focused on international studies and the college will continue to explore the potential to introduce additional studies in the areas of anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, and foreign languages.

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  • Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan speaks from a podium at RMC Saint-Jean while three staff watch on stage.
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