{President's Report 2003}
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Message from the President

Dr. Axel Meisen

Welcome to the 2002-2003 President's Report, which we have titled Where We Are. While it is a progress report for the period of April 1, 2002, to Aug. 31, 2003, it is also a report that places our university in context. There is perhaps no other university that has been so shaped by its surroundings as Memorial University. The Province of Newfoundland and Labrador is a truly special place and this has a way of permeating all aspects of the university: our learning, teaching, scholarship and environment. To understand the university, we want to give you a sense of "this place" and how it relates to the world.

During this past year we have made major progress. Among the key achievements are:

  • Increases in student enrolments of 3.6 per cent in the fall of 2002 and another 3.9 percent in the fall of 2003 so that our total enrolment is now over 17,000 students. In terms of enrolment, we remain Atlantic Canada's largest university;
  • Sharp growth in graduate enrolments so that, for the first time in our history, the number of graduate students now exceeds 2,000;
  • Continued large increases in research income, with revenues exceeding $51 million for the first time;
  • Major success in the first and second competitions of the Atlantic Innovation Fund, which provided $33 and $22 million respectively, for projects led by Memorial University (NB: these funds are additional to the $51 million cited in the previous point);
  • $20 million from Inco in support of the Inco Innovation Centre and $2 million to endow the Husky Energy Chair in Oil and Gas Research;
  • High success rates of graduates finding employment and securing entry into advanced programs, with over 70 per cent of graduates finding employment in the province;
  • $5 million to initiate the first stage of a multi-year program to address deferred maintenance problems;
  • Collective agreements with all employee unions that will see salaries rise by over 15 per cent over three years and thereby provide competitive salaries;
  • A balanced budget.

I hope that you will enjoy learning about Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Axel Meisen
President and vice-chancellor