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REF NO.: 63

SUBJECT: Memorial University releases 2006-2007 President’s Report

DATE: Nov. 16

Outgoing Memorial University of Newfoundland President Dr. Axel Meisen has officially released his final president’s report.
On Thursday, Nov. 15, he met with Education Minister Joan Burke to formally present her with a copy of the document.
The 2006-2007 President’s Report includes highlights of the university’s major accomplishments over the past year. It comprises interesting feature stories and profiles of students and alumni, as well as outstanding faculty. It also includes highlights of some of the innovative research and other scholarly activities taking place in this province, and Memorial’s contributions 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, the largest post-secondary institution in Atlantic Canada.
Elements of the presidential report were previewed at Memorial’s fall convocation ceremonies held in October.
The report has been issued under the theme of “achievements and transformations”. The glossy-covered, 44-page publication includes a presidential message from Dr. Meisen and a summary of Memorial’s Strategic Plan.
“This past year has been one of growth and progress at Memorial University,” said. Dr. Meisen. “We continued to improve our services to students, our research capacity and funding. We also built Memorial University’s image and furthered its reputation. A new innovative advertising campaign was developed based on the province’s reputation for good humour and ingenuity. We also hosted an international marine robotics competition, the first time it was held outside the United States.”
Some of Memorial’s highlights from the past year featured in this year’s report include:
           Husky Energy’s donation of an additional $500,000 towards Memorial’s Husky Energy Chair in Oil and Gar Research.
           The launch of a website documenting the Moravian presence in Labrador. The site is titled The Labrador Inuit through Moravian Eyes.
           Dr. Geoff Rayner-Canham of Sir Wilfred Grenfell College received a 3M Teaching award, national recognition which underlines the quality of teaching at the university. This is the seventh time Memorial has received a 3M Teaching Award.
           A multidisciplinary team at our Faculty of Medicine identified a cancer marker that will help in the diagnosis of childhood cancers.
           Student enrolment was steady again this year, with a total of 18,123 graduate students in degree and diploma programs.
Research funding reached approximately $90 million.
“Memorial University continues to grow and serve the needs of this province. Taken as a whole, the 2007 report shows that Memorial University is integral to the economic, social and cultural growth of this province, while it also makes many contributions of global importance,” Dr. Meisen noted.
The report also includes a DVD with 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 2006-2007 President’s Report 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. It is also available online at
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 approximately 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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