June 23 marked a day of advancement for postsecondary education for many scientists and science students in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
With an investment of $125-million into the new core science building many university officials were gleaming at the opportunities created for new students, continuing students, current faculty and future faculty at MUN.
Member of Parliament for St. John’s East, Nick Whelan, a previous graduate of an engineering program at Queen’s University says “Any investment that Newfoundland and Labrador and the federal government of Canada can make for science and research will pay dividends down the road”
“And also, in terms of attracting and retaining Newfoundlanders in science so they can pursue their dreams right here at home”
President Kachanoski of MUN says that the ability to retain and recruit new faculty members would help MUN on the national and international stage.
Kachanoski says that the partnership between the provincial and federal government goes to show what education could look like in the future.
Dr. Chris Kozak, a professor and researcher at MUN says that “This will give students a safe, dynamic and modern facility that is state of the art”
“We’re going to be as good or better as some of the best institutions in North America. Especially where the competition for student enrollment is so high in Canada, this is going to be a real game changer not just regionally, or locally, but globally”
Outside of the funding for the continuation of the Core Science building at MUN, Judy Foote, Member of Parliament for Bonavista-Burin-Trinity, announced that “$6.8 million is being put into grants, scholarships, and fellows for scientists at MUN”.
Iryna Borshchova, an engineering student at MUN, says that “this sounds very good because it will give more opportunities for current and future student at MUN”