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Source: Memorial University of Newfoundland

Memorial University of Newfoundland releases 2005-2006 Presidentís Report on DVD and web

October 20, 2006

same day as more than 500 students crossed the stage during Memorialís fall
convocation ceremonies in St. Johnís, Dr. Axel Meisen officially released
the 2005-2006 Presidentís Report and presented elements of this yearís
report to those attending the ceremonies.
The 2005-2006 Presidentís Report, issued under the theme "become," comprises
exciting feature stories about innovative research, amazing student and
faculty profiles, and stories about Memorialís service to the greater
community. The report also includes the universityís complete financial
statements and an array of statistics on the provinceís only university.
This yearís report is available at, and includes
profiles and stories about Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorialís campus
in Corner Brook, and the Marine Institute in St. Johnís.
In previous years, the university also produced an accompanying highlights
booklet and a DVD. The latter contains video segments drawn from the yearís
news, together with the complete information found on the website. The
report can be played and the information viewed in a standard DVD player or
on a PC equipped with DVD capability.
The 2005-2006 Presidentís Report supports Memorial Universityís new
institutional marketing strategy and its design concept that uses the slogan
"become." Memorialís brand concept, officially released in May 2006, focuses
on the idea of transformation Ė that Memorial is the place that people and
ideas become. The strategy also includes new innovative graphic silhouettes,
selected fonts and colours, and a new, modern logo which graces the cover of
this yearís report.
The profiles contained in the annual report also underscore Memorialís
first-class reputation as one of Canada's top post-secondary institutions
and Atlantic Canada's largest university.
"I am confident that Memorial University will continue to grow and serve the
needs of our students, faculty and staff as well as the wider provincial,
national and international communities," noted Dr. Meisen. "I am very proud
of the accomplishments of our faculty, staff and students. This yearís
report includes information on practically every facet of what the
university accomplished in the last year."
The 2005-2006 Presidentís Report also provides information on Memorialís
enrolment numbers, which stood at 17,803 as of September 2005. Research
funding from external sources continued to rise this past year as well. In
2005-2006, Memorialís research funding increased by $8.5 million and now
exceeds $90 million per year.
"I am also pleased to report that we continue to build a stronger university
by enhancing the quality of our teaching programs and others have recognized
our efforts," Dr. Meisen said. "For example, after undergoing a review by
the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board, all five programs in the
Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University were
granted full six-year accreditation, the maximum accreditation period
possible for engineering degree programs in Canada. We introduced a new
international bachelor of business administration (iBBA) program in 2005,
which provides our students not only with standard business skills, but also
the hard and soft skills necessary for business in the international
There were also exciting advancements at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, added
Dr. Meisen. "This year, it celebrated its 30th anniversary and construction
was begun on a $1 million extension to its Arts and Sciences Building. It
also saw the creation of a new separately incorporated entity (SIE)," he
said. "The university began leasing the Pepsi Centre from the City of Corner
Brook. Memorial will operate the facility for the next five years for the
benefit of the people of Corner Brook and surrounding areas."
The 2005-2006 Presidentís Report will be formally presented to the
provincial government later this fall. It will also be distributed to
community and business groups, educational leaders, as well as to major
donors, granting councils and other university supporters. Copies of the
reportís highlights brochure/DVD can be requested by calling 709-737-8663.
The report was produced in-house at Memorial by staff in the Division of
Marketing and Communications, and the Department of Computing and

About MemorialUniversity of Newfoundland
Founded in 1925 as a memorial to Newfoundlandís war dead, Memorial
University College was elevated to degree-granting status in 1949 as
Memorial University of Newfoundland. Today, the university is the largest in
Atlantic Canada, with almost 18,000 students. Memorial provides excellent
undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in virtually all
disciplines. With locations in St. Johnís and Corner Brook in Newfoundland,
Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Labrador, the French-owned island of Saint-Pierre,
and Harlow in England, Memorial is committed to experiential learning. The
university's many interdisciplinary programs abound with opportunities for
experiential learning, ranging from on-campus employment to work terms
around the world. Outstanding research and scholarship, extraordinary
teaching and a focus on community service are the university's hallmarks.
Many teaching and research activities reflect our mid-North Atlantic
locations; these unique settings and our cultural heritage have led to the
creation of highly-regarded academic programs and specialized facilities in
areas such as music, linguistics, folklore and human genetics, as well as
earth sciences, cold-ocean engineering, rural health care and archaeology.

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For further information, please contact Ivan Muzychka, manager,
Communications, Division of Marketing and Communications, Memorial
University of Newfoundland, 709-737-8665, cell 709-687-9433 or



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