Volume 92, Issue 82

Thursday, March 4, 1999


Budgets may get cut

Less scholarship possibilities

VP-academic under survey

Review board angry over accusations of disability bias

Waterloo helped out corporately

Crisis rallies education support

Survey hopes to gauge USC access

Caught on campus

Waterloo helped out corporately

By Paul-Mark Rendon
Gazette Staff

The University of Waterloo will be smiling when it receives a $10.3 million winfall in the form of a new institute being set up by Nortel Networks Inc..

In a press conference set for tomorrow, information technology giant Nortel will announce the establishment of the Nortel Networks Institute for Advanced Information Technology at the University of Waterloo.

The institute will give those students studying information technology and computer engineering more opportunity to better their knowledge in a joint effort between Nortel Networks, the university and the provincial government.

Dave Johnson, Ontario minister of education and training, will make an appearance at the announcement to outline the province's role in providing funding support through the Access to Opportunities Program, designed to help increase university enrolment in technologically based studies.

Tony Vanelli, chair of computer engineering at the University of Waterloo, said he was pleased to finally hear of the new institute, which had been in the works for well over a year. "The initiative is a generous one. We think it's a good opportunity for better teaching."

Rather than being used for the construction of a building, Vanelli said the money from Nortel would be earmarked for scholarships for incoming students and more work terms for current students.

Several programs at the University of Waterloo are aiming for 50 to 100 per cent growth in coming years and these initiatives work to facilitate this growth, Vanelli added.

Dave Ross, spokesperson for the Ministry of Education of Training, said the province of Ontario will be matching the funds put forth by Nortel as part of ATOP.

Apart from the $10.3 million Nortel will provide for the institute, Vanelli could only speculate on how much more Nortel may give and how much ATOP would provide. "The province has to look at the numbers, we can't say exactly," he said.

Peter Janacek, director of the corporate press office at Nortel, said he looked forward to the announcement but would not confirm any numbers until tomorrow's press conference. "I hope they like the investment," he said.

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