SHELL CANADA TO PUMP $400,000 INTO EDUCATION PROGRAMS AT UNIVERSITY OF MANITOBA
November 14, 2006
Source: University of Manitoba
Student competitions, scholarships and mentoring to be part of corporate support package.
Shell Canada has announced it will support teaching and learning at the University of Manitoba through the creation of the Furthering the Environment of Learning (FUEL) Fund. The FUEL Fund will provide funds to support priority initiatives within the disciplines of engineering, science, environmental studies and business, with a goal to develop and recruit top students.
Shell Canada is providing $400,000 towards the FUEL Fund, which will be split into two components for student activities and teaching. The activity component will involve extra-curricular activities such as student design competitions for unmanned aerial vehicles or international marketing competitions, giving students valuable hands-on experience. Additionally, Shell Canada employees will be guest lecturers in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Science, and the I.H. Asper School of Business.
The FUEL Fund will include: the sponsoring of student competitions of the Commerce Students’ Association and the University of Manitoba Engineering Society (UMES); academic, financial, professional and personal support for students in the Aboriginal Business Education Program (ABEP); and four FUEL Fund scholarships in engineering, science, environmental studies and business.
The teaching and learning component will include the development of the EITC-Shell Undergraduate Environmental Teaching Laboratory and funds to provide upgrades to geophysical equipment at the Star Lake Field Station and the Petrology Lab of the department of geological sciences.
"As a Canadian energy company committed to learning and sustainable development, our goal is simple: To bring out the best in Canada’s students today knowing they will become the leaders of tomorrow," says Clive Mather, president and CEO, Shell Canada. "Shell Canada has ambitious growth plans and we will need many more talented people to realize them."
"Shell Canada has always been proactive in helping our students to find good jobs within their professions following graduation," says Doug Ruth, dean of engineering at the University of Manitoba. "We are glad to form this partnership that will be of benefit to students, researchers and educators throughout our faculties."
In September 2006 Shell Canada launched a post-secondary support initiative with the aim of developing and attracting the best and brightest recruits. This includes a financial commitment of $12 million over the next six years to support student-focused initiatives at universities, colleges and trade and technical institutions across Canada.
Shell Canada Limited is a large integrated petroleum company in Canada with three major businesses. Exploration & Production explores for, produces and markets natural gas and natural gas liquids. Oil Sands is responsible for an integrated bitumen mining and upgrading operation and Shell Canada’s in situ bitumen business in Alberta. Oil Products manufactures, distributes and markets refined petroleum products across Canada.
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