UWO president wants to "open up" university to the world

June 8, 2010

Speaking at the Rotary Club of London Monday, University of Western Ontario president Amit Chakma said he wants to "open up" the university to the rest of the world. One of Chakma's biggest goals is to increase UWO's undergraduate international student population from 3% to the provincial average of 6%, and to some day approach the higher percentages of institutions such as the University of Toronto and McGill University. One of the ways UWO can continue to increase its presence on the world stage, said Chakma, is the new Canada-US Institute, the first of its kind in Canada. Landing big-name researchers such as neurologist Adrian Owen -- recently announced as one of the 19 inaugural Canada Excellence Research Chairs -- shows UWO is heading in the right direction. London Free Press