New space to educate more engineers at the University of Calgary
The Redford government is addressing Alberta’s growing demand for engineers by announcing a capital contribution to expand and renovate the Schulich School of Engineering at the University of Calgary.
Premier Alison Redford was at the official groundbreaking for the Schulich School of Engineering. The project, which includes two floors of research space and a major modernization of the existing building, will be ready for students in the fall of 2016. The expanded and renovated facility will enable the University of Calgary to increase its engineering and undergraduate and graduate capacity by at least 400 students. The Government of Alberta is providing $142.5 million for this capital project.
"In Alberta, we're focused on investing in infrastructure and growing our highly skilled workforce. By giving the University of Calgary a new, expanded space for its engineering school, we can increase the capacity to educate more engineers who can help us meet our goals and keep building Alberta. This is a great investment in our province's future."
“The expanded and renovated Schulich School of Engineering will provide advanced lab spaces to support research, new theatres for teaching, and open spaces for collaborative work. The student experience will be enriched by this new hub.”
“The Government of Alberta’s generous contribution demonstrates the province’s commitment to providing high-quality learning opportunities to students in Alberta who aspire to be engineers. This expansion marks a new chapter in the life of the Schulich School of Engineering and will create a centre of excellence for transformational collaborative learning and engineering research in Canada.”
“We support initiatives such as the Schulich’s ground-breaking event because they help address the future shortages of Professional Engineers in the province. The quality of life for all Albertans will be improved if we have robust engineering and geoscience professions that, in turn, sustain Alberta’s competitive advantage.”
The Schulich School of Engineering capital project is a part of Premier Redford’s 2013 budget commitment to invest over $650 million for new and improved post-secondary learning facilities. Currently there are more than 4,200 students enrolled at the Schulich School of Engineering.
Our government was elected to keep building Alberta, to live within its means and to fight to open new markets for Alberta’s resources. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.