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Vol 37  No 16
June 30, 2005


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Green light for new engineering program

A new course-based graduate program being offered by the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science has been given the go ahead by Memorial University’s Senate. In its most recent meeting, Senate members voted in favour of the new master of applied science in environmental systems engineering and management (ESEM), a program that is expected to draw new international students to Memorial.

In the previous Senate meeting, the proposed program was turned down by members because of concern over the use of a recruiting agent to promote the program in China. Senate members were concerned about the prospect that Memorial, through its relationship with a private recruiting firm, Can-Zhong Consulting Services Ltd. from Vancouver, had given up its right to recruit students directly into the program.

However, in the latest Senate meeting, Dr. Ray Gosine, dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, and Dr. Chet Jablonski, dean of Graduate Studies, addressed questions from Senators and provided reassurance that the letter of intent does not exclude Memorial’s right to directly recruit students from any part of the world.

“The Faculty of Engineering has already been promoting its programs in China directly and elsewhere,” explained Dr. Gosine. “I also outlined the costs and benefits of the new program to Senate members.”

Furthermore, Senate was presented with a legal opinion that confirmed that the letter of intent that has been signed with the recruiting agent does not preclude Memorial from directly promoting and recruiting for the program in China. The only condition is that Memorial cannot hire another agent in China. Can-Zhong already recruits students for the faculty’s master of applied science in computer engineering, which saw its first cohort of students last fall.

Environmental engineering is an increasingly important discipline due to the complex and multi-disciplinary nature of the environmental issues dealing with human health and ecosystem protection. The ESEM program will cover topics such as environmental law and management, human health and ecological risk assessment to find cost-effective engineering solutions to these complex issues. The 14-month program, which consists of 30 credits, includes an initial eight-week English language module for international students. Dr. Jablonski confirmed that the ESEM proposal received a very positive external review as part of the approval process and strong support from the Academic Council of the School of Graduate Studies.

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