Excitement and enthusiasm were the reigning emotions on Monday morning when MPMark Warawa presented TWU with federal government funding through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP). Over 70 people attended the presentation including media and Mayor Rick Green on behalf of the Township of Langley, and Deputy Mayor Dave Hall who represented the City of Langley.
Announced by the Prime Minister on August 5th, the “Knowledge Infrastructure Program is a two-year, $2-billion economic stimulus measure supporting infrastructure enhancement at post-secondary institutions across Canada.” TWU will receive 2.6 million of that financing. The KIP program requires matching funds from the recipient institution. TWU has a strategy in place to acquire matching funds as per Industry Canada guidelines.
Says Warawa, “We’ve heard from you, we’ve listened and now we are providing the funding. Here at TWU, my alma mater, I am pleased to announce the funding of three significant projects under the KIP program: $298,000 towards to the Library, $661,000 for upgrading information and communications technology, and finally 1.65 million for the expansion of the Neufeld Science Centre. That means researchers will have the tools to be global leaders and be able to pursue world class excellence. And that is what Trinity Western is known for.”
On hand to receive the funding were project leads Alma Barranco-Mendoza Executive Director of IT and Associate Faculty of Computing Science, University Librarian Ted Goshulak, Professor of Biology and Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences Ka Yin Leung, and TWU President Jonathan Raymond.
Says Raymond,“Today this underscores yet another form of partnership and the importance of partnering outside of the university so that the university connects and has an impact on the world. We are moving forward very intentionally, developing the strategic thinking and strategic planning that is taking the university to this next level. We believe that this will help us be better partners in the global community, will position us to have a larger impact nationally, and it’s going to position us better in the way we serve British Columbia.”
Following the presentation Dr. Raymond opened the floor for questions and the audience heard more of the specific details concerning the three projects.Goshulak shared how the Library renovation will improve space overall since the present configuration is keeping the facility from growing, Barranco-Mendoza told how the influx of funding will greatly improve TWU’s computer servers, telecommunication capability and data transfer.Leung explained his dreams for the future seeing the expansion of the new science wing that will offer Graduate programs in both chemistry and biology. He says, “With the help of God I think we can do it!” Currently the Faculty of Natural and Applied Science conducts world class research into diabetes, cancer and bacteria pathogens and now offers a Master of Science in Nursing.
In closing Raymond remarked, “I think this is the most remarkable university in Canada. Like a computer chip you don’t have to be big you just have to be well designed, well connected, and well resourced to have an impact, and that well describes Trinity Western University.”
To read the official news release from the Office of the Prime Minister visit: http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/media.asp?category=5&id=2717
More news pertaining to KIP funding and TWU can be found at www.twu.ca/news
Trinity Western University, in Langley, B.C., is an independent Christian liberal arts and sciences university enrolling approximately 4000 students. TWU offers 42 undergraduate majors, ranging from biotechnology, education, nursing, theatre and music, to psychology, communications and biblical studies. TWU's 16 graduate degree programs include counseling psychology, business, theology, linguistics, and leadership, and interdisciplinary degrees in English, philosophy and history. TWU holds Canada Research Chairs in Dead Sea Scroll Studies, Developmental Genetics and Disease, and Interpretation, Religion & Culture.
Last Updated: 2009-08-26