Prince Edward Island has put on hold plans to make amendments to the Degree Granting Act that would have permitted private universities to operate in the province. The proposal was denounced by University of Prince Edward Island alumni who submitted a petition in opposition, while UPEI’s outgoing president responded by calling plans in other provinces to add new institutions a “fraud.” Private universities do exist in Canada, though they are predominantly religious institutions, like Canadian Mennonite University, but Canada’s higher education system is overwhelmingly public.
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