uAlberta seeks new ways of doing business

March 23, 2012

In her annual state of the university address Thursday, University of Alberta president Indira Samarasekera told attendees that in a time of budgetary restraints, and with growing worldwide concern over increasing tuition fees, uAlberta has '"significant resources" to draw on. However, moving forward, the university community has to work hard to find new methods of doing business. uAlberta is inviting suggestions "that will push this university firmly into the 21st century," and will create a dedicated website to receive ideas for evaluation and implementation. "Tough financial realities" have resulted in budget struggles within every department and unit, said Samarasekera; however, uAlberta is in a better place than many other top Canadian universities to deal with lower per-student operating funding. She also pointed to the institution's efforts to recruit high-level teaching and support-staff talent and a successful track record in attracting external research funding and donations. Samarasekera said she will continue to advocate to government that investment at uAlberta is good for the province. uAlberta News