North Nabs New U



    
    McGuinty Government Invests In Algoma University, More Opportunity For
    North
    

    TORONTO, Sept. 4 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Sault Ste. Marie has a new university.
    Algoma University, formerly known as Algoma College, celebrates a new
academic year as an independent, degree-granting institution. The government
is investing $2.5 million to help the university make the switch.
    The government established Algoma as an independent university in May.
This will help attract more students, bring in more research dollars and
create more high-paying jobs for Aboriginal and northern students. Algoma is
the only university in Ontario to offer a BA program in the Ojibwe language.
    Investing in Algoma is part of Ontario's plan
(http://www.fin.gov.on.ca/english/budget/ontariobudgets/2008/bk2.html) to make
high-quality post-secondary education available to students in all parts of
the province.

    QUOTES

    "I want to congratulate Algoma and all those who worked so hard to make
this day happen. This funding will help new generations of northern and
Aboriginal students achieve their dreams," said Premier Dalton McGuinty.
    "Today's official opening of an independent Algoma University is a
historic event that will create growth and prosperity in our community and
region. It means our students will have more learning opportunities and a
chance to complete their education closer to home," said David Orazietti, a
former member of the Charter Steering Committee for Independence and former
board member at AUC.

    QUICK FACTS

    
    -   The university currently has about 1,200 students -- 20 per cent are
        Aboriginal.
    -   Algoma is now the North's fourth university, along with Laurentian,
        Lakehead and Nipissing.
    -   Algoma University has exchange programs
        (http://www.algomau.ca/view.php?page=ps_studyAbroad) with
        universities in Japan, Finland and Australia.

    LEARN MORE

    Learn more about Algoma's partner in Aboriginal education, Shingwauk
Education Trust  (http://webx.newswire.ca/click/click.cgi?id=3565def7b757cc7).
    Find out how Ontario is helping students afford university
(https://osap.gov.on.ca/eng/not_secure/about.htm).

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