Grant boosts engineering and computing science at
As part of its “double the opportunity”
commitment to B.C. universities, the provincial government is providing
UVic with $22 million for a new engineering building.
It’s part of the province’s plan to provide
$95 million in capital expansion funding for B.C.’s public
universities. The goal is to increase access for students in computer
science and electrical and computer engineering and double the number
of annual graduates in these program areas.
“This capital funding will go a long way
toward providing enhanced learning and teaching opportunities at
UVic,” says UVic President Dr. David Turpin. “It will
give our students a state-of-the-art facility in which to prepare
for the challenges presented by a constantly advancing high-tech
The money will go toward a new 7,800-square-metre
building, scheduled to open in the fall of 2005. It will allow UVic
to increase the number of students who graduate from its computer
science, and electrical and computer engineering departments by
100 per cent. That’s an additional 118 undergraduate and 23
graduate FTEs by the year 2006.
The building will have classrooms, undergrad and graduate
labs, offices, and student study space for the computer science
and engineering co-op programs. A location for the building on campus
has not yet been determined.