Ernie Eves government invests $11.2 million to increase Nipissing University space by 30 per cent
NORTH BAY, ON, Oct. 18 /CNW/ - The Eves government's plan to ensure every willing and qualified student continues to have a place in college or university is taking another step forward with the official opening of a new academic wing at Nipissing University, Training, Colleges and Universities Minister Dianne Cunningham announced today.
"It is a top priority of our government to ensure that every student has access to the fullest range of high quality postsecondary education and training programs they need to reach their full potential," Cunningham said. "Students at Nipissing University will not only receive the quality academic experience they expect, but will also see their university grow in size by 30 per cent - creating 600 new student spaces in advance of the double cohort."
The Ontario government, through SuperBuild, has contributed $11.2 million to the total cost of the expansion at Nipissing University. The expansion includes new classrooms and new laboratories for teacher education, computer science, technologies, nursing, business, and visual and performing arts programs.
"This innovative project, which brings together a university and government, is one way we are providing students with more choices in high- quality postsecondary education," Cunningham said. "By working together, we are ensuring that Ontario students will be prepared to compete and succeed in today's rapidly changing economy."
"The growth of Nipissing University is important to the future development and economic growth of North Bay and region," said Al McDonald, MPP Nipissing. "The larger campus will allow more students to attend university and find employment in North Bay after they graduate. The proven success of Nipissing University will allow its students a bright future in their chosen career."
"The construction of our exceptional new wing would not be possible were it not for SuperBuild. This building is a testament to the government's strong support and recognition of the needs of our university as we enter the double cohort years," said Dr. David Marshall, president and vice-chancellor, Nipissing University. "We know, as we move into this new era, that we will have room for the students of the double cohort."
As part of its plan for the double cohort, the Ontario government, through SuperBuild and its partners, is investing $2.2 billion in 61 projects to create over 79,000 new student spaces at campuses across Ontario.
The government has also committed to $368 million in increased operating grants for postsecondary institutions by 2003-2004. Since SuperBuild was established in 1999, the Ontario government has also invested $337.5 million to modernize and renew existing college and university facilities to accommodate additional students.
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.
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For further information: Media Contacts: Dave Ross, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, (416) 325-2709; Andrew Bennett, Minister's Office, (416) 326-5748