McGuinty Government Makes Ryerson University Student Learning Centre a Reality



    $45 million investment will benefit students for generations to come

    TORONTO, Jan. 24 /CNW/ - The Government of Ontario is investing $45
million in a new state-of-the-art Student Learning Centre at Ryerson
University, Premier Dalton McGuinty announced today at a news conference on
the Ryerson campus.
    "Ontario's highly skilled people make our province one of the best places
in the world to invest," said Premier McGuinty. "By investing in the skills
and knowledge of students at Ryerson and across Ontario, we can help Ontario
compete and win."
    "We deeply appreciate this outstanding investment," said Peter
Lukasiewicz, Chair, Ryerson University Board of Governors. "The provincial
government is expressing tremendous confidence in Ryerson's momentum with this
generous commitment, which will benefit students for generations to come."
    "The dream of a new Student Learning Centre is now a reality, thanks to
the government of Ontario," said Ryerson University President Sheldon Levy.
"Our goal is to provide undergraduate and graduate students with the study
space and facilities that are so needed to continue building Ryerson's unique
professionally-oriented programs.
    "This is a transformative contribution," Levy reflected. "I would like to
thank Premier McGuinty and our colleagues in government. We are especially
grateful for the support of our MPP, The Hon. George Smitherman, and the
Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, The Hon. John Milloy."
    The new Student Learning Centre will be built at the corner of Yonge and
Gould Streets, at the location of the former Sam the Record Man and Future
Shop. Both properties were recently acquired by Ryerson.
    Added Levy: "The Student Learning Centre gives Ryerson a gateway onto
Yonge Street. We believe the University should be a city builder, and this
development will make a real contribution to the renewal of Toronto's main
thoroughfare and downtown core. Given the projected demand in the GTA for
postsecondary spaces, this will also help us prepare to address that growth."

    Ryerson is experiencing high levels of demand at both undergraduate and
graduate levels. Over the past four years, first-choice applications from
secondary school students have risen almost 50%, with the highest ratio in the
province of first choice applications to number of places available. At the
graduate level, Ryerson has more than 1,600 students in 33 programs, and
growth will continue to meet demand.

    Ryerson University is Canada's leader in career-focused education,
offering more than 95 PhD, master's, and undergraduate programs in the Faculty
of Arts; the Faculty of Communication & Design; the Faculty of Community
Services; the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Science; and the Ted
Rogers School of Management. Ryerson University has graduate and undergraduate
enrolment of 25,000 students. With more than 64,000 registrations annually,
The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada's leading
provider of university-based adult education.

    Links:
    www.premier.gov.on.ca/news/
    www.ryerson.ca/news/media





For further information:

For further information: Janet Mowat, Director, Public Affairs, Ryerson
University, Tel: (416) 979-5000 Ext. 7002, Email: jmowat@ryerson.ca; Heather
Kearney, Media Relations Officer, Ryerson University, Tel: (416) 979-5000 Ext.
4282, Email: hkearney@ryerson.ca


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