March 21, 2003
MONCTON (CNB) - A $2.4-million investment in the Université de Moncton's teaching and research infrastructure at its Moncton campus was announced today by Premier Bernard Lord. The funding is from the $15-million University Infrastructure Trust Fund established earlier by the premier.
"We are pleased to help the Université de Moncton improve its strategic infrastructure and embrace innovation, which are two building blocks of Greater Opportunity: New Brunswick's Prosperity Plan," Lord said. "This investment will allow the Université de Moncton to upgrade existing laboratories and create new leading-edge facilities for business administration, drama and research at its Moncton campus."
"The University Infrastructure Trust Fund is an excellent initiative by the Government of New Brunswick," U de M President Yvon Fontaine said. "This funding will go directly toward purchasing state-of-the-art equipment and upgrading our laboratories and our other teaching and research infrastructures. The result will be an improvement in the quality of the training provided at each of the Université de Moncton's campuses."
Premier Bernard Lord and U de M President Yvon Fontaine. (Large photo.)
The $2.4-million investment will go toward upgrading and expanding the laboratories used to teach psychology, kinesiology, biotechnology, geography, computer science, environmental science, and several other subjects. With these new facilities, the university will be able to accommodate more students and offer them a higher-quality environment for up-to-date scientific training. Also, a management simulation laboratory will be set up so that simulated management experiences can be included in the business administration program, enabling students to acquire skills more relevant to the real world of management.
The Champlain Library will be equipped with an ultramodern information technology centre, which will serve as an information clearinghouse for research purposes and for students' projects.
The University Infrastructure Trust Fund is part of the provincial government's prosperity plan to invest in strategic infrastructure renewal projects designed to improve New Brunswick universities' teaching and research capacity.
In March 2002, $15 million was placed in the fund and divided into two envelopes, one containing $10 million to be distributed among the four public universities in proportion to the operating grants they receive from the New Brunswick government, and a second, $5-million envelope to support special projects of strategic importance to the universities and the provincial government. The projects announced today are from the proportional envelope.
The Post-Secondary Affairs Branch of the Department of Education is responsible for managing the University Infrastructure Trust Fund.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Hugues Beaulieu, communications, Education, 506-444-4714; Étienne Allard, Office of the Premier, 506-453-5426.