Alberta commits $5M for planning of UCalgary science hub

Alberta is investing $5 million in funding for the planning of a new multidisciplinary science hub at the University of Calgary.

The province announced Tuesday the new building would be the primary home for research and collaboration in science studies — UCalgary’s second biggest faculty.

The building would add classroom and lab space for 2,200 students, according to the government.

The province says that science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies are essential in developing critical skills for today’s job market and that of the future.

“Our post-secondary institutions, including the University of Calgary, are the doorway to rewarding and fulfilling careers,” Minister of Advanced Education Rajan Sawhney said. “Investments we make to support the growth of facilities on campus will ensure Albertans have the skills, knowledge and competencies they need to build our communities and keep Alberta’s economy moving forward.”

The new hub contributes to the university’s goal of expanding training and development in STEM.

Through this funding, UCalgary can start to plan a facility that will have the greatest impact on the science faculty and its students, the government said.

Agriculture innovation, computer science, energy, quantum, biotechnology, and aerospace are some of the disciplines that will have increased training and research through this facility, according to the school.

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