The Bureau de coopération interuniversitaire (formerly known as CREPUQ, Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities) is a voluntary coalition of Québec universities, incorporated on May 9, 1967, by Letters Patent under Part III of the Companies Act (CQLR c C-38).

Its overall mission is:

  • Promote dialogue between Québec university administrators,
  • Support their deliberations on joint initiatives, and
  • Make services available to the universities that they need to perform their functions, particularly teaching, research and administration.

More specifically, BCI gives Québec universities the capability to monitor, analyze, collaborate, propose and respond to issues, in addition to representing them in dealings with government authorities, other organizations and the general public. Advocacy, when applicable, includes expressing the reasons for the major and minor positions of BCI’s member universities.

For this purpose, the BCI accommodates and coordinates the activities of committees, subcommittees, and working groups, as needed, that meet periodically to discuss major topics or issues that concern all Québec university administrations. The members of these committees are the senior directors of the universities’ main sectors: teaching, research, medical affairs, as well as administration and finance.

The work done at BCI supports the search for solutions that improve the overall efficiency of the Québec university system and encourages harmonization of the universities’ policies and practices. BCI also promotes the adoption of joint positions whenever possible, cooperation and the creation of collective services.

BCI compiles files and produces reports on various topics of interest to its members and assists the universities with their decision making while offering support for ad-hoc joint public action by member universities. It coordinates and administers cost-effective services for its members and contributes to the development of collective work tools and useful information systems for the universities and the Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (MEES), as well as other Québec government departments, including the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS).

Among the services that BCI provides are:

  • Collective acquisitions for university libraries and negotiation of group licences
  • Management of a document searching and requesting system for the university libraries
  • Administration of the direct interlibrary loan agreement with Canadian university libraries (nearly 30,000 referral cards issued)
  • Reports on medical education for the four universities with faculties of medicine
  • Maintenance of databases and information systems on universities
  • Quebec Student Exchange Program (QSEP)
  • Facilitation for new international students’ arrival at Montréal-Trudeau Airport (Accueil Plus)
  • System for authorizing Québec students to take a course or participate in an activity at another Québec university
  • Electronic system for delivery of college transcripts
  • Control of multiple acceptances in undergraduate programs with quotas
  • Quality evaluation of new programs that universities propose to introduce
  • Review of the periodic evaluation of current university programs