Letter from the President of Saint Mary’s University

By Maroon & White | spring 2018

Anational leader in business education, Saint Mary’s fosters creative and entrepreneurial mindsets within our learners. I’m delighted to tell you that the Province of Nova Scotia recently announced an investment of $11 million in a new campus facility called the Entrepreneurship, Discovery and Innovation (EDI) Hub. It will bring together students and professors from all of the University’s Faculties, and connect learners and researchers with entrepreneurs, business leaders, and other community partners–many of whom will be members of our alumni community. In the months ahead, we will work to secure the remaining funding for this innovative project.

Our Huskies fans will be pleased to know that the Board of Governors approved the construction of a new on-campus arena. Scheduled to open in time for the 2019 season, it will not only support our athletes and coaches, it will enrich athletics and recreation opportunities for all Saint Mary’s students. We look forward to welcoming alumni back to campus for our first home game on new ice. You’ll be hearing more about the arena in the coming months, so stay tuned.

Finally, the 2018 federal budget included a large investment in the nation’s research capacity. This funding will enable Saint Mary’s professors to involve more students in research programs. As reflected in the budget, in addition to stronger support for fundamental discovery and innovation through research, the federal government is focused on ensuring women and under-represented groups face fewer barriers to research funding opportunities. This is moving us in the right direction. Now we need to work on ensuring international graduates can stay in Canada after convocation and continue contributing to our society and economy.

These significant investments add up to a big benefit for Saint Mary’s students, professors, and staff. We have an exciting future ahead!

As always, thank you for your loyal engagement with Saint Mary’s.

Robert Summerby-Murray
President and Vice-Chancellor, Saint Mary’s University

Saint Mary’s University is in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the original Mi’kmaq People. We are all treaty people.

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