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Year in Review | January

Memorial University of Newfoundland has been mentioned among some of the top universities in the world for its significant involvement in the uPortal project. InfoWorld, a premier business and computing magazine, has named the project by the Java Architectures Special Interest Group (JA-SIG), in which Memorial plays an integral role, in the top five of its top 100 visionary IT projects of 2003. The current core uPortal developer group includes Columbia, Yale, Cornell, and Nagoya Universities, Memorial University of Newfoundland and three for-profit companies.

On Jan. 12, Memorial University of Newfoundland embarked on its first ever master's of oil and gas studies (MOGS) program. This is a unique executive development program specifically designed for senior level employees who are destined for the executive positions in the oil and gas industry, its service sector or relevant government agencies and departments.  The program, which costs $31,500 per person, provides a thorough understanding of the critical issues of the entire industry. It is a modular program, spanning one year and combining short, intense on-campus learning with Internet-based learning. Participants in this initial group come from different parts of the globe and have a variety of backgrounds. The four participants in the initial group include a reservoir engineer from China, and three local participants, two of whom are facilities engineers and one is a tanker captain.

Senate approved a new doctoral program in education at its Jan. 13 meeting. Qualified students will begin the PhD program in the fall 2004. Dr. Alice Collins, dean of the Faculty of Education, emphasizes the momentous nature of this addition to the complement of programs already offered in education. “This is a really important step in the development of the faculty. Having PhD students will be exciting and challenging as we work together to explore new knowledge. We anticipate an increase in research on educational matters of importance to Newfoundland and Labrador.”

Memorial University’s student newspaper, the muse, hosted a national conference of student journalists in January. The annual Canadian University Press National Student Media Conference included detailed media training for over 200 delegates and CUP’s annual general meeting. Aside from the over 25 planned seminars, the conference includes a healthy list of renowned journalists delivering keynote addresses. They included Globe and Mail columnists Margaret Wente and Marcus Gee, CBC Radio’s Michael Enright, and Neil MacDonald, Washington correspondent for CBC’s The National.

Three teams of undergraduate students from the Faculty of Business Administration at Memorial University competed at the national Intercollegiate Business Competition (ICBC) held Jan. 8-10 at Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ont. Memorial’s team took home a second-place finish in marketing (Tom Dunne and Jennifer Tipple), and a third-place finish in accounting (Kealey Pitcher and Kristopher Slaney). The ethics team (Aidan Moores and Kristy Clarke) also participated in the final round.


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