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MRU president strikes an optimistic tone with annual fall address

Docherty reveals details on school's new strategic plan

DochertyMount Royal University President David Docherty stepped up to the podium in Ross Glen Hall to deliver his annual fall address on Aug. 26 and much of his 40-minute speech was made up of good news, certainly more than his 2013 address when MRU — like many post-secondary institutions across Alberta — was reeling from provincial budget cuts.

One of the positive things Docherty mentioned was the encouraging conversations he has had with Progressive Conservative leadership candidates, specifically Jim Prentice, about how funding could be restored to MRU's operating budget. Prentice recently vowed to restore the post-secondary funding lost in the 2013 budget.


Leadership candidates strive to restore reputation of Progressive Conservative party in the eyes of Albertans

Lukaszuk, McIver and Prentice go one-on-one with the Journal

PC-Leadership-logoIt is inarguable that trust is the buzzword of the 2014 Progressive Conservative leadership election that is taking place Sept.6 (with a possible second round of voting on Sept. 20). It has been and continues to be the chief priority of the three leadership candidates — Thomas Lukaszuk, Ric McIver and Jim Prentice — to convince Albertans that they are the man who can restore trust and confidence in the PC Party after that trust has been severely compromised due to the various controversies surround former Premier Alison Redford. Gaining the trust of party members and Albertan citizens is perhaps not just pivotal to come away with a victory this month, but also to ensure the health of the PC leadership dynasty going forward.


Mount Royal University breaks new ground on the Riddell Library and Learning Centre

On-site construction to begin this month

SignThe golden shovels hit the dirt on Aug. 19, beginning construction of Mount Royal University's (MRU) new Riddell Library and Learning Centre (RLLC).

This facility — which university officials hope becomes the intellectual heart and soul of the university — is slated to open in early 2017.

Along with breaking ground at the Aug. 19 ceremony, the building's design concept was unveiled at the location of the new library on Richard Road S.W., across the street from MRU's new Conservatory and the Bella Concert Hall.


Mitacs aims to bring Canada to the forefront of innovation

International field schools help students from across the globe see Canada in a new light

Plane copyStudents from around the world — 473 in total this summer— have come to Canada to create innovations across all manners of academic disciplines through the Mitacs Globalink internship program.

This non-profit research organization offers research and training program opportunities to students from Mexico, Brazil, China, India, Germany and many more countries in hopes of showing how Canadian labs work, and to offer students ways to study in Canada.