Ernie Eves government opens School of Information Technology and Engineering

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Ernie Eves government opens School of Information Technology and Engineering

Ministry of Colleges and Universities

OTTAWA, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - The Ontario government's plan to ensure every willing and qualified student continues to secure a space in a college or university moves closer to completion with the official opening of the School of Information Technology and Engineering (SITE) at the University of Ottawa, Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Dianne Cunningham announced today.
"Since being appointed Minister, I have made it a top priority to ensure that every student has access to the fullest range of high quality postsecondary education and training programs," Cunningham said. "With the redesign and expansion of the School of Information Technology and Engineering (SITE), the University of Ottawa can meet the needs of their growing student population as they prepare for the double cohort."
The Ontario government, through SuperBuild, has contributed $4.5 million to the total cost of SITE at the University of Ottawa. That will create approximately 980 new student spaces in time for the increased enrolment in 2003. SITE includes classrooms, teaching and research laboratories overlooking the Rideau Canal.
"This innovative project, which brings together a university, the private sector and government, is one way we are providing students with a wider range of choices in high-quality postsecondary education," Cunningham said. "By working together, we are ensuring that our students will be prepared to compete and succeed in today's rapidly changing economy."
Dr. Gilles G. Patry, Rector of the University of Ottawa, says SuperBuild has provided important support to the University's expansion. "SuperBuild funding has been important to projects like the SITE building and our new biosciences complex. Without this crucial support, meeting the demands of students would be much more difficult, if not impossible."
Through SuperBuild, the Ontario government, with its partners, is investing $2.2 billion in 61 projects to create over 79,000 new student spaces at campuses across Ontario to prepare for the expected increase in enrolment. This includes recent investments announced for the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and the University of Ottawa that will create an additional 4,370 new student spaces at these institutions.
As outlined in the 2002 Budget, SuperBuild will work with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to invite a new round of postsecondary SuperBuild proposals.
In addition to new capital construction, since SuperBuild was established in 1999, the Ontario government has invested $337.5 million to modernize and renew existing college and university facilities to accommodate additional students. As part of its plan for the double cohort, the government has also committed to $368 million in increased operating grants for postsecondary institutions by 2003-04 to help them hire new faculty required to respond to the increased enrolment.

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