Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Aliant donates $320,000 to U de M Excellence campaign
Aliant has made a donation of more than $320,000 to the Université de Moncton Excellence
campaign. The announcement was made today (December 13) at a news conference at the Moncton Campus.
The contribution includes an amount of $250,000 for the creation of a research fund, as well as an in-kind donation of equipment valued at $71,040 to the Faculty of Science.
The Aliant Fund will enable the Université de Moncton to strengthen its positioning in terms of e-learning, as well as information and communications technologies.
"Aliant is pleased to support the Université de Moncton Excellence
campaign," said Josette LeBlanc, Director, Marketing, Planning and Performance, Aliant. "We believe this type of partnership fosters collaboration and innovation within our communities. It also enables more research in e-learning applications that will benefit students and faculty now and into the future."
"This generous contribution underscores Aliant's commitment to supporting our institution in this important sector that has been defined as one of our research niches," said Dr. Neil Boucher, academic vice-president at U de M. Thanks to this gift, the Université de Moncton will be able to contribute to the advancement of knowledge through high-level scientific work by our researchers."
Several grants have already been awarded to faculty members and research teams in support of their research projects.
Professor Jalal Almhana of the Computer Sciences Department and director of the Advanced Internet Technologies Research Group received a grant for his research titled "Wireless networks for multimedia: integrated management of radio resources and capacity planning".
Sylvie Blain, Viktor Freiman and Monique Daigle of the CASMI - ADOP team and the Learning Technologies Group (Technologies Division) will examine the question of "Development of the learning community using an interdisciplinary approach in resolving problems (Mathematics, Sciences and French) supported by state-of-the-art technology".
Habib Hamam, professor of Electrical engineering, will study "Web-based theoretical and applied teaching: applications for information and communication technologies" with the cooperation of the Applied Electromagnetism and Telecommunications Laboratory and the Canada Research Chair on Optics in Information and Communication Technologies.
Jean-François Richard, Director, Teaching Support Services, in cooperation with the Learning Technologies Group (Technologies Division), will spearhead a research project on "Hybrid teaching in a university context: integrating technologies to facilitate learning".
The largest fundraising campaign in the history of the Université de Moncton, the Excellence
campaign has raised more than $48 million, surpassing its original goal of $25 million. It will enable the institution to implement several projects identified as priorities in its development strategy.Contacts:
Public Affairs Manager,
director of communication,
Université de Moncton,