News Release

REF NO.: 43


DATE: October 20, 2006

The same day as more than 500 students crossed the stage during Memorial’s fall convocation ceremonies in St. John’s, Dr. Axel Meisen officially released the 2005-2006 President’s Report and presented elements of this year’s report to those attending the ceremonies.
The 2005-2006 President’s Report, issued under the theme “become,” comprises exciting feature stories about innovative research, amazing student and faculty profiles, and stories about Memorial’s service to the greater community. The report also includes the university’s complete financial statements and an array of statistics on the province’s only university.
This year’s report is available at www.mun.ca/2006report/, and includes profiles and stories about Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial’s campus in Corner Brook, and the Marine Institute in St. John’s.
In previous years, the university also produced an accompanying highlights booklet and a DVD. The latter contains video segments drawn from the year’s news, together with the complete information found on the website. The report can be played and the information viewed in a standard DVD player or on a PC equipped with DVD capability.
The 2005-2006 President’s Report supports Memorial University’s new institutional marketing strategy and its design concept that uses the slogan “become.” Memorial’s brand concept, officially released in May 2006, focuses on the idea of transformation – that Memorial is the place that people and ideas become. The strategy also includes new innovative graphic silhouettes, selected fonts and colours, and a new, modern logo which graces the cover of this year’s report.
The profiles contained in the annual report also underscore Memorial’s first-class reputation as one of Canada's top post-secondary institutions and Atlantic Canada's largest university.
“I am confident that Memorial University will continue to grow and serve the needs of our students, faculty and staff as well as the wider provincial, national and international communities,” noted Dr. Meisen. ”I am very proud of the accomplishments of our faculty, staff and students. This year’s report includes information on practically every facet of what the university accomplished in the last year.”
The 2005-2006 President’s Report also provides information on Memorial’s enrolment numbers, which stood at 17,803 as of September 2005. Research funding from external sources continued to rise this past year as well. In 2005-2006, Memorial’s research funding increased by $8.5 million and now exceeds $90 million per year.
“I am also pleased to report that we continue to build a stronger university by enhancing the quality of our teaching programs and others have recognized our efforts,” Dr. Meisen said. “For example, after undergoing a review by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board, all five programs in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University were granted full six-year accreditation, the maximum accreditation period possible for engineering degree programs in Canada. We introduced a new international bachelor of business administration (iBBA) program in 2005, which provides our students not only with standard business skills, but also the hard and soft skills necessary for business in the international marketplace.”
There were also exciting advancements at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, added Dr. Meisen. “This year, it celebrated its 30th anniversary and construction was begun on a $1 million extension to its Arts and Sciences Building. It also saw the creation of a new separately incorporated entity (SIE),” he said. “The university began leasing the Pepsi Centre from the City of Corner Brook. Memorial will operate the facility for the next five years for the benefit of the people of Corner Brook and surrounding areas.”
 The 2005-2006 President’s Report will be formally presented to the provincial government later this fall. It will also be distributed to community and business groups, educational leaders, as well as to major donors, granting councils and other university supporters. Copies of the report’s highlights brochure/DVD can be requested by calling 709-737-8663.
The report was produced in-house at Memorial by staff in the Division of Marketing and Communications, and the Department of Computing and Communications.
About MemorialUniversity of Newfoundland
Founded in 1925 as a memorial to Newfoundland’s war dead, Memorial University College was elevated to degree-granting status in 1949 as Memorial University of Newfoundland. Today, the university is the largest in Atlantic Canada, with almost 18,000 students. Memorial provides excellent undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in virtually all disciplines. With locations in St. John’s and Corner Brook in Newfoundland, Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Labrador, the French-owned island of Saint-Pierre, and Harlow in England, Memorial is committed to experiential learning. The university's many interdisciplinary programs abound with opportunities for experiential learning, ranging from on-campus employment to work terms around the world. Outstanding research and scholarship, extraordinary teaching and a focus on community service are the university's hallmarks. Many teaching and research activities reflect our mid-North Atlantic locations; these unique settings and our cultural heritage have led to the creation of highly-regarded academic programs and specialized facilities in areas such as music, linguistics, folklore and human genetics, as well as earth sciences, cold-ocean engineering, rural health care and archaeology.

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