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SUBJECT: Memorial’s Aldrich Interdisciplinary Lecture looks at the role of graduate education in a knowledge society
DATE: March 1, 2006

Note to editors:

Memorial University’s School of Graduate Studies is hosting the 2006 Aldrich Interdisciplinary Lecture, titled People and Ideas: the Role of Graduate Education in a Knowledge Society. The lecture will be given by Claire Morris, president and CEO of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada. The lecture series is named for Memorial’s first dean of Graduate Studies, Dr. Fred Aldrich, and typically addresses issues that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and are relevant to graduate students. The lecture will be held on Sunday, March 5, at 7 p.m., in room AA-1043 of the Arts and Administration Building on Memorial’s St. John’scampus.

Ms. Morris will outline why graduate studies has become so important for Canada and countries around the world, and will discuss the diversity of roles played by graduates of master's and doctoral programs, both within academia and beyond.

Canada’s labour market increasingly requires master’s and PhD holders to meet the growing demand for highly-skilled people in today’s global knowledge-based economy. Between 1990 and 2004, the Canadian economy generated an additional 400,000 jobs for master’s and PhD graduates – a growth of 70 per cent over that period. Continued labour market demand for those with graduate degrees is expected.

Many business leaders have identified this relative under-production of graduate degrees in Canada as a barrier to increasing our international competitiveness and productivity. Demand for people with graduate degrees is rising in Canada’s fastest growing occupations.

The lecture will be held in conjunction with the Aldrich Interdisciplinary Conference for graduate students. Free parking is available in Lot15, gate operated parking ($2) Lot15B. For more information on the Aldrich Lecture and Conference visit www.mun.ca/sgs/aldrich/index.php.

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