Students In London Win With New Higher Learning Investment



    Investment In Learning Environment Supports The Success Of The Reaching
    Higher Plan

    LONDON, ON, April 23 /CNW/ - Postsecondary students in London will enjoy
an even higher quality education thanks to a new McGuinty government
investment to support quality improvements at The University of Western
Ontario and Fanshawe College, said Khalil Ramal, MPP London-Fanshawe, and Deb
Matthews, MPP London North Centre.
    Ramal and Matthews joined Chris Bentley, MPP London West and Minister of
Training, Colleges and Universities, at Fanshawe College to announce over
$25 million in new funding to support quality improvements at London's
postsecondary institutions. Fanshawe College will receive $7.1 million in new
support and the University of Western Ontario is receiving an additional
$18.5 million to improve the student learning environment.
    "Now students at Fanshawe and Western will benefit from even higher
quality education," said Ramal. "This investment will also deliver economic
benefits to London by supporting new campus building projects."
    "I'm proud to be part of a government that values students," added
Matthews. "Access to quality postsecondary education and training is key to
London's long term economic strength."
    As announced in the 2007 Budget, the McGuinty government is providing an
additional $365 million to create a better learning environment for students
in college and university, including support for new classrooms, modernized
lab equipment and greater energy efficiency.
    "We are fortunate to have a government that understands the value of
investing in facility renewal," said Dr. Howard Rundle, President of Fanshawe
College. "This new support will help to prepare today's students for
tomorrow's economy."
    "This is much needed investment by the Ontario Government," said Dr. Paul
Davenport, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Ontario.
"It will help us complete the vital renovation of the Biological and
Geological Sciences Building and the Education Building, and make possible new
construction projects like the Material Sciences Building. These facilities
are essential elements in providing the best student experience in a research
intensive university."
    In addition to the new funding provided through the 2007 Budget, the
province provided $253 million to the University of Western Ontario in total
operating funding in 2006-07, an increase of approximately $42 million in
annual funding compared to 2004-05. Fanshawe College received $71 million in
2006-07, an increase of $11.5 million compared to 2004-05.
    This builds upon government's $4.2 billion investment in new faculty,
library acquisitions and student services at colleges and universities this
coming year. Under the $6.2 billion Reaching Higher plan, funding to colleges
and universities is increasing by 35 per cent over five years.
    "The Reaching Higher plan has been a success for students in London,"
said Bentley. "Record numbers of students are finding opportunity on our
campuses, more students are getting grants, and now we're making sure they get
an even higher quality education at Western and Fanshawe."

    
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             IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN ONTARIO
    

    As announced in the 2007 Ontario Budget, the government is providing an
additional $365 million to support quality improvements in higher education,
including funding that could be used for investments in university and college
infrastructure and equipment.
    This additional funding is made up of $210 million in 2006-07 to
alleviate immediate cost pressures at universities and $105 million in 2007-08
to renew facilities and cover existing building maintenance costs at colleges,
as well as $50 million for college and university capital projects.
    This investment supplements the government's significant ongoing
investments through the Reaching Higher plan. Unveiled two years ago, the plan
is a historic $6.2 billion multi-year investment to enhance higher education
in Ontario. Through the plan, the people of Ontario are not only seeing
improved access, but also higher quality in the province's postsecondary
education system.

    
    Initiatives to improve the quality of the system include:

    -   Investing $4.2 billion in 2007-08 in colleges and universities for
        new faculty, library acquisitions and student services. Under the
        $6.2 billion Reaching Higher plan, funding to colleges and
        universities is increasing by 35 per cent over five years.
    -   Expanding graduate spaces by 12,000 in 2007-08, reaching 14,000 by
        2009-10.
    -   Supporting innovative research in cutting-edge fields such as
        biomaterials and mining innovation.
    -   Monitoring quality through a new Higher Education Quality Council of
        Ontario.
    -   Establishing three-year agreements with colleges and universities to
        identify and measure quality improvements.
    -   Providing $30 million for infrastructure projects at 15 colleges
        through the economic stimulus package announced in the government's
        2006 Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review.

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For further information: Sheamus Murphy, Minister's Office, (416)
325-7215; Tanya Blazina, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746, Public
Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892

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