University of Alberta to receive $82 million from province and feds

by Morinville News Staff

The provincial and federal governments will provide the University of Alberta with $82.8 million to improve the quality of facilities and infrastructure for research and innovation. The province will provide $26.5 million of the funding.

The government says the money will fund ten projects and help with commercialization of spaces where students turn innovative ideas into reality, breathing life into start-up ventures.

“These significant investments help Alberta students put their best foot forward by maximizing the number of new, modernized learning spaces, while also creating much-needed jobs to spur economic growth,” said Marlin Schmidt, Minister of Advanced Education in a release Thursday.

UofA President David Turpin thanked the two orders of government for their partnership in the Strategic Investment Fund program.

“It’s essential that young Albertans have access to world-class education, right here in their home province,” he said. “SIF funding will help to establish critical infrastructure, enabling Alberta’s best minds to pursue new ideas, tackle global issues, and build a better university and province.”

The funding supports university capital projects, and renewal the government says will help maintain and improve current campus infrastructure.

The two governments say enhancement of the university’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Research Facility will put Alberta at the forefront of research in electrical power generation and transmission.

Projects approved for Strategic Investment Funding:

1/ Electrical and Computer Engineering Research Facility enhancement

2/ Chemistry Lab modernization and renewal

3/ Chemical Materials Engineering Building redevelopment

4/ Biological Sciences and Earth and Atmospheric Sciences expansion and enhancement

5/ Innovation and Incubator Space development

6/ Research Network Infrastructure upgrade

7/ Augustana Science Lab renewal

8/ Campus Saint-Jean Lab renewal

9/ Clinical Sciences – Mechanical System renewal

10/ Medical Sciences Building infrastructure upgrade

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