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Message from the President

Welcome to the President's Report 2003-2004. This year has seen remarkable progress throughout Memorial University of Newfoundland, progress that is challenging to summarize. We have therefore produced this brochure, the President's Report Highlights, which gives insight into some of our major developments. The full report is available on the Web at www.mun.ca/2004report and, for the first time, on the enclosed DVD. The innovative DVD format enables us to bring you extensive written information as well as video and audio materials, which give you a lively introduction to Memorial University.

I would like to draw your attention to several important developments, the success of which resulted from the outstanding dedication and ingenuity of our faculty, staff and students:

Research funding Memorial University's research funding climbed to over $73.9 million in the past year, a 40 per cent increase over the previous year. This funding supports research across a wide range of disciplines, with many projects providing direct benefits to the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Our success in the second competition of the Atlantic Innovation Fund has led to the creation of a unique Centre for Marine Compressed Natural Gas. We also received additional funding for the Inco Innovation Centre, an important new facility dedicated to innovation.

Enrolments Our enrolment continued to increase and currently stands at 17,222 students, thereby maintaining Memorial University as the largest university in Atlantic Canada. I am pleased to report that we continue to attract increasing numbers of students from Newfoundland and Labrador, with over 70 per cent of our alumni choosing to stay in the province. In addition, we are attracting more students from away, and our international recruiting efforts are showing good results. Graduate student enrolment is also increasing sharply.

Campus enhancements Students are benefiting from major renovations in our food service facilities and from a new Information Commons in the Queen Elizabeth II Library. We installed wireless Internet service in our residences in St. John's and are in the process of doing so on the campuses of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College and the Marine Institute.

Key Positions This past year we filled several key positions.
Kent Decker became vice-president (administration and finance) in February and Dr. H.E.A. (Eddy) Campbell assumed the position of vice-president (academic) in May. Dr. John Ashton was appointed as the principal of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College in July.

White paper The provincial government initiated the preparation of a white paper, a policy statement that will give direction on a broad range of post-secondary education issues, including affordability and accessibility, employment prospects of graduates and research. The white paper will be critical to the future of Memorial University and we are participating in the process leading to its preparation.

Although Memorial University is conscious and respectful of the past, we have our sights clearly set on the future. We are helping our province and our students meet their aspirations for a brighter future. To capture our approach, we have titled this year's annual report Going Further and I invite you to explore it on the Web and the DVD. 

Axel Meisen

President and Vice-chancellor

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