|President Axel Meisen
A Message from the President
Welcome to Memorial University's President's Report for 1999-2000. We have changed the format in order to serve you better: this extended report — including our complete audited financial statements, together with elements of video and audio — is a
lso available on-line at www.mun.ca/president/99-00report
We appreciate your interest in the university and we want to meet your needs. In the past year, therefore, we continued to consult widely with students, alumni, staff, community leaders, employers and donors. We are more confident than ever that Memorial
University is indeed providing students with a first-rate education. The university enables them to develop successful careers and to lead rewarding lives. Our research and other scholarly activities are making great contributions to cultural, social and
economic development throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada and indeed the world.
However, our consultations also showed that more must be done. In particular, we must modify existing programs and introduce new initiatives that meet the needs of the times. This report describes many such initiatives.
I especially would like to mention the new Oil and Gas Development Partnership, which is designed to help transform Newfoundland and Labrador into an internationally recognized leader in education and research in all as
pects of the oil and gas industry. The partnership consists of 11 new and modified degree programs, research initiatives and outreach programs. Participants can have wonderful careers in the petroleum industry here at home or anywhere in the world.
The past year also saw the conclusion of our major fund-raising campaign, The Opportunity Fund. Donors throughout the world, including our own faculty, staff, students and government, contributed a total of $60 million. This money is being been put
to very good use for student scholarships and bursaries and the enhancement of teaching and research activities. We also used the money to build the Smallwood Centre, the new home for student organizations and the office of Student Affairs, and we have b
uilt an extension to Sir Wilfred Grenfell College. A major new athletic facility, the Field House, is under construction. Of international calibre, it will serve the needs of committed athletes as well as amateur athletes.
I mentioned these examples just to give you some insights into today's Memorial University. I now invite you to explore the rest of the report so that you can learn more about Memorial's accomplishments and what it offers to you.
President and Vice Chancellor
||Message from the President
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President Axel Meisen looks back on his first year in office,
and ahead to the future.
Biographical Notes — Dr. Axel Meisen