With summer right around the corner, allow me to highlight what we have accomplished together in recent months and to share some items that I hope will be of interest to you.
As you may know, the new facilities at the Learning Crossroads have been open for students since the beginning of the year. The STEM Complex and LabO will be ready for use in the fall, allowing us to stress innovation more than ever in our program and research offerings. Our students will thus benefit from highly rewarding experiential learning opportunities.
I am also very pleased to see that, as the undergraduate recruitment period comes to a close, the indicators are looking good. In fact, preliminary data shows that applications for admission, accepted offers and course enrolment by future students are all up, particularly for Ontario high school and international students. This is not the case for the majority of Ontario universities. This data validates our approach in terms of strategic enrolment management and confirm our drawing power as a leading postsecondary institution.
The above results will be reassuring, I hope, to members of our community who have expressed concerns regarding our recruitment efforts during the town halls I’ve held on campus since last fall. As you know, new measures have been brought forward — particularly regarding financial aid — to support recruitment of international students, including PhD candidates.
Many of you have taken the time to discuss matters important to you with me, such as research promotion, space allocation and our financial challenges. I wish to thank you for your participation and to reiterate my commitment to maintaining these spaces for dialogue, with faculty as well as with support staff and our students.
As you may be aware, in late May, the Board of Governors approved a balanced budget for 2018–2019. This would not have been possible without everyone’s efforts and commitment towards reforming our budgetary model. This new approach will allow us to allocate the necessary resources to meet faculty and service needs, fulfill our academic mission and support teaching and research excellence.
I want to thank you for all that we have achieved. I am, of course, available to you if you have any questions. Allow me to wish you a very pleasant summer. May the coming weeks restore your energy. September is looking to be very exciting and we will need everyone’s contributions to give a proper welcome to our new cohort and continue to support the students who have already made the University of Ottawa their springboard towards a bright future.
President and Vice-Chancellor